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thyssenkrupp’s BARRACUDA makes coal mining in China safer and more efficient 

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World Coal,

thyssenkrupp has won its first order for its new BARRACUDA® compact bucket wheel excavator. China Huaneng Group has ordered the bucket wheel excavator based overburden system from the mining unit of the company’s Industrial Solutions business area. The order is worth more than €40 million. The BARRACUDA is due to go into operation at the Yiminhe open-pit mine in Inner Mongolia in 2018.


Thomas Jabs, Head of Mining Systems in the Industrial Solutions business area: “With its efficient continuous operation the BARRACUDA will help significantly reduce both operating costs and CO2 emissions at the Yiminhe mine. This is a good example of our innovative mining solutions that create value for our customers and at the same time protect resources.” 

Thanks to its compact design and special bucket wheel configuration the BARRACUDA is also able to remove hard material layers. Combined mining and loading within a single machine also eliminates the need for dangerous and environmentally harmful blasting and separate loading operations. The new system will therefore ensure continuing safe and efficient open pit operation in Yiminhe. 

The new bucket wheel excavator overburden system combines a BARRACUDA-C bucket wheel excavator with a capacity of 6700 loose cubic meters per hour with a belt wagon, a conveyor system and a spreader. The scope of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions includes engineering, delivery, erection supervision and commissioning of the complete system.


The BARRACUDA will be used in Yiminhe to strip overburden and mine coal. After being extracted by the BARRACUDA the material will be taken by the belt wagon to the conveyor system, which will transfer the overburden to the dumping site. Dumping of the material will be carried out by the spreader system with a throughput rate of up to 10 000 tph. 

thyssenkrupp has a long and successful partnership with China Huaneng Group: Among other things, in 2006 it supplied a fully mobile crushing plant and conveyor line to the Chinese mine which is still in operation today. 

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