In order to improve technology and drive productivity, Tata Steel has installed a Long Pipe Conveyor at its opencast coal mines at West Bokaro Division, which was virtually inaugurated by Tata Steel CEO & MD Mr TV Narendran.The 4 km LPC project does away with the 61 year old mono cable and bi able ropeway system. LPC will bring coal and by-products from the washeries to the Chainpur railway siding replacing the existing ropeway transportation system. The conveyor is driven by controlled start transmission drives, comprising a steel cord belt with fire resistant properties. Maintenance staff and all necessary equipment will be borne by two maintenance trolleys atop the conveyor. This pipe conveyor will not only have zero spillage, but will also be noiseless and improve productivity in the West Bokaro Division.
The single unit can handle both coal and by-product grades and can carry 1200 tonnes per hour, making it much cheaper and safer than road transport and ropeway transport. The enclosed structure will ensure there is no degradation of materials along the way.