Mechel Spends $ 54 Million on New Equipment and “Mechanisms” to Increase Production
Posted by Daniel Gleeson on December 29, 2021
Mechel says its mining facilities received a total of some 270 pieces of equipment, including more than 80 large-scale machines and assembly units, in 2021.
The most significant renovations and technical renovations involved Southern Kuzbass Coal Company, which received more than 100 new units of equipment, including heavy trucks, bulldozers and service equipment. All mobile equipment uses an in-line dispatch system implemented by Southern Kuzbass Coal Company, which ensures improved performance and working efficiency, the company said. The new machines help transport overburden, as well as transport coal from mines to washing plants and shipping points.
Southern Kuzbass Coal Company’s washing plants launched a total of 39 new equipment units.
Yakutugol Holding Company has launched 74 new units of equipment, including heavy trucks, an excavator and “gondola cars” for the transport of bulk goods. Due to the complicated geological conditions of the Neryungrinsky open pit mine, this year the company made sure to renovate pumping equipment to pump groundwater and prevent flooding in mining areas. The Neryungrinskaya washing plant installed two new centrifuges to remove excess water from the coal concentrate and three magnetic coaster. The plant also continued with the in-depth modernization of its fleet of mud pumps.
Ninety units of equipment, including heavy trucks, excavators and a drilling rig, were purchased for the Korshunov mining plant. This equipment is used to transport ore from the Korshunovsky open-pit mine, extract the Korshunovsky and Rudnogorsky open-pit mines, even at extremely low temperatures. The Korshunov washing plant launched new pumps as well as a press for the hardening conveyors. The plant also received new hydro-separators.
“We have invested around 4 billion rubles ($ 54 million) in the acquisition of new mining equipment and machinery, and next year we plan to invest 8 billion rubles,” said the general manager of Mechel PAO, Oleg Korzhov. “We are faced with a strategic task to restore the pace of stripping, increase extraction and washing volumes. This new equipment will allow us to reduce breakdowns caused by repairs and increase production at our facilities in the Irkutsk region, Yakutia and Kuzbass.
“Given the sustained demand and favorable price trends in the commodity markets that we are seeing in recent quarters, it is very important for us to ensure production growth. “