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Metalloinvest launches a unique crushing and conveyor facility at Mikhailovsky GOK

20 November 2020

Metalloinvest, a leading global iron ore and HBI producer and supplier, and one of the regional producers of high-quality steel, has implemented advanced conveyor technology for transporting ore from the open pit mine at Andrey Varichev Mikhailovsky GOK.

The pilot operation of a steeply inclined crushing and conveyor facility with a capacity of 15 million tonnes of ore per year has commenced at the south-eastern edge of the open pit mine. Metalloinvest invested approximately 6 bn roubles in the project.

The launch ceremony was attended by Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation; Roman Starovoit, Governor of the Kursk Region; Ivan Streshinsky, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Management Company Metalloinvest, Nazim Efendiev, CEO of Management Company Metalloinvest; Andrey Ugarov, First Deputy CEO, COO of Management Company Metalloinvest; and Anton Zakharov, Managing Director of Mikhailovsky GOK.

Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, said: "I would like to congratulate you on the successful implementation of this project. It is a great pity that the man who inspired the project, Andrey Varichev, is not with us today. I knew him well as a top professional and I am sure each of you is proud that Mikhailovsky GOK now bears his name. It is all the more important to double down on the second, more substantial phase of the project, which will ensure the Company's leading position for the next 15 years. The implementation of this technology, considered to be among the most promising of the best available industry solutions, will also help reduce the impact on the environment. A tremendous amount of work has already been accomplished by all the project participants and I want to thank everyone for their dedicated work, particularly in the current, difficult environment.

Ivan Streshinsky, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Management Company Metalloinvest, emphasised: "The crushing and conveyor facility at Mikhailovsky GOK is Metalloinvests largest and most important project today. The facility is unique in the Russian mining industry. Its construction is part of a large-scale programme to develop production capacity and significantly improve product quality at Andrey Varichev Mikhailovsky GOK."

Nazim Efendiev, CEO of Management Company Metalloinvest, noted: We are proud to be the first in Russia to launch conveyor technology, which significantly increases production efficiency and allows us to develop high quality ore reserves while maintaining a high level of concentrate production at over 17 mn tonnes per year.

The new configuration of the mining transportation process enables us to decrease the cost of ore extraction by reducing the quantity of transhipment points, loading equipment and railway transport. The use of conveyor technology will allow a more responsible use of natural resources and reduce overburden volumes.

Roman Starovoit, Governor of the Kursk Region, said: "The dynamic development of Mikhailovsky GOK is a guarantee of the economic and social wellbeing of the Kursk region as a whole. With the commissioning of new facilities at the enterprise, the industrial potential of the region is strengthened, additional workplaces are created and the quality of life of our residents improves.

At the crushing and conveyor facility, non-oxidised quartzites are crushed in the lower levels of the open pit mine and are transported to the pit edge. The facility includes over 40 operating units, including a crushing and transhipment unit, a steeply inclined flank conveyor, an intermediate conveyor, a loading and storage facility, and engineering support facilities.

The length of the conveyor is 700 metres, with a lifting height of 215 metres and an inclination angle of 37 degrees.

In 2023, the second phase of the project is expected to be completed and will involve the construction of a gently inclined crushing and conveying facility with a capacity of 35 million tonnes of ore per year at the northeast edge of the open pit.

The total investment in both phases of the project will be in the amount of approximately 11 bn roubles. Up to 300 new jobs will be created at the enterprise.

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Anton Troshin

Anton Troshin

Corporate Communications Director
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