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Powerscreen Chieftain 2100X screen selected for coal separation in Ireland

Powerscreen Chieftain 2100X mobile screen

One of Ireland’s leading coal importers, Hayes Fuels, have installed two new Powerscreen screens allowing them to respond to increased customer demand. The company produces high-quality coal products at increased speed at their coal separation facility, providing additional financial benefits.

In 2013, Hayes Fuels purchased two Powerscreen Chieftain 2100X mobile screens from their local Powerscreen dealer, Powerscreen Ireland Ltd for an operation at Belfast Docks in Northern Ireland. The first is a two-deck mobile screen with a 90mm top deck and a 6mm self-cleaning bottom deck. The oversize material is redirected back into a small jaw crusher in a closed loop. The mid-range material is passed into a coal washing system at 120 tonnes/h. After washing the coal is transported to the second Powerscreen Chieftain 2100X three-deck screen, where it is separated into four different washed coal products. These products are then either bagged or bulk shipped throughout Hayes Fuels extensive distribution network.

Ronan Conroy, operations manager for Hayes Fuels, said: ‘We have used the smaller Powerscreen Chieftain models in the past, but the larger Chieftain 2100X screens work extremely well for what we need. The coal arriving off the ship can have a fairly high moisture content and the self-cleaning screens on the bottom deck, combined with the aggressive action of the screenbox deal with this with ease. Once the material is washed and graded on the second Chieftain 2100X, we are left with a premium product. At Hayes, we run on double-shift rotation therefore downtime has to be minimal, especially if there is a ship unloading at the dock. In our experience the parts and service support from Powerscreen Ireland has always been exceptional and was definitely a deciding factor when purchasing these machines. Fortunately, overall reliability for the Chieftains screen is excellent and the machines have easy access features for maintenance which help reduce downtime for servicing when it is needed.’


Oliver Donnelly, product manager for Powerscreen confirmed why the Chieftain 2100X screen is a suitable model for the Belfast Docks coal operation. ‘The Chieftain 2100X is designed for operators just like Hayes Fuels who require large volumes of high-specification product. User benefits include a patented hydraulically folding recirculating conveyor which eliminates the need for a crane on site for installation and moving. High performance is achieved via its two-bearing 20ft x 5in (6.1m x 1.55m) screenbox with adjustable amplitude and speed and hydraulic screen angle adjustment. It also features a rapid set-up time of typically under 30 minutes with hydraulically folding conveyors and track mobility.’  

Hayes Fuels, a family-run business, have built up a strong customer base, and currently supply major supermarkets, co-operatives, coal merchants, oil distributors and garage forecourts.

Powerscreen Ireland have been providing equipment, parts and servicing for the quarrying, pit, demolition, waste recycling and material washing industries for over 15 years. Based in Co Laois, Ireland, they are Powerscreen distributors for the island of Ireland.


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