Metso rolls out pit-crushing equipment in Russia

Metso officials announced that it has put into trial operation an in-pit crushing and conveying system for the Olkon iron ore mine in Russia.

"The successful start-up of the crushing and screening equipment and the belt conveyor in our mine gives many other mining companies reason to have confidence in the solution," Olkon General Director Alexander Popov said. "In fact, we were the first company to implement such a system in Russia."

The system is operating at full speed and yielding significant benefits after a two-year construction period.

But before the Metso solution, Olkon relied on a traditional crushing process with no in-pit facilities. Having an in-pit crushing and conveying process provides savings in the operating costs of truck fleets, prevents potential accidents and reduces carbon dioxide emissions. Instead of hauling the blasted ore from the pit to the plant with trucks, the ore is crushed directly in the pit and conveyed onwards.

"This system is unique for Severstal, as well as for the entire mining industry in Russia and Europe. We have been working with Metso for many years and completed several successful projects. In-pit crushing and conveying has now been added to this list," Popov said.

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