Lebedinsky GOK reaches milestone of producing 750 million tonnes of iron ore concentrate
5 February 2020
In January 2020, the beneficiation plant at Lebedinsky GOK (part of Metalloinvest) reached a significant milestone in the production of iron ore concentrate with an iron content of up to 69.5%, surpassing 750 million tonnes in terms of volume produced.
The first tonne of this product was produced at the enterprise in November 1972 following the launch of the first section of the beneficiation plant. At that time its capacity was limited to producing 7.5 million tonnes of iron ore per year.
Oleg Mikhailov, Managing Director of Lebedinsky GOK and a Deputy in the Belgorod Regional Duma, said: “Today, Metalloinvest pays special attention to systematic upgrades, modernisation and equipment overhauls, while extraction and ore processing efficiency has significantly increased. The fact that it only took a couple of years to produce 50 million tonnes of concentrate is an indication of this, as it was only 2017 when we announced that we had produced 700 million tonnes of concentrate.”
Lebedinsky GOK produces a volume of concentrate which not only satisfies the strong domestic and foreign demand for this type of product, but also provides raw materials to the pelletising section of the plant. The main competitive advantages of the product are its high quality and lack of harmful impurities.
In January, the Lebedinsky GOK beneficiation plant also reported that it had reached the production milestone of 15 million tonnes of dried concentrate. This type of product has been in production since 2007 in limited quantities of up to 2 million tonnes per year. The current site for producing dried concentrate allows the plant to export a dehydrated concentrate which will not freeze while being transported by rail in winter.
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