Kazakhstan taking steps to increase output at its Bogatyr coal mine
BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 13
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
Output of Kazakhstan’s Bogatyr Coal extraction venture was 44.8 million tons of coal in 2019, Trend reports with reference to Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development.
Thus, some 33.8 million tons were sold on Kazakh market, whereas 10.9 million tons were exported to Russia. This year the venture is looking to maintain these results.
The ministry reminded that shareholders of the venture approved the projects for transition to cyclic-continuous technology (CCT) of coal mining in 2014.
“Currently, a project’s feasibility study has been developed, German ThyssenKrupp company has been selected as the supplier of the main equipment, the corresponding contract has been signed and engineering work has begun. The first and second advances were paid for the manufacture and delivery of equipment. The loan agreement was signed with Eurasian Development Bank,” the ministry said.
Within the framework of the project, the existing production capacity will be modernized by replacing internal quarries and rotary excavators with crushing and transshipment points and replacing the internal quarry tracks with conveyor conveyance of coal.
“This will allow to not only modernize, but also update the fixed assets fund of Bogatyr Coal, increasing the production capacity and consumer qualities of coal mined, reducing production costs and limiting the negative impact on the environment,” the ministry said.
The ministry also said that these measures will allow to increase capacity of the Bogatyr coal mine from 32 million ton 40 million tons of coal a year, increase labor productivity by 25 percent, decrease coal production cost by 12 percent, and decrease average wagon turnover time from 14.3 to 5.4 hours.
The project oversees for construction of two conveyor lines over the period from 2020 till 2022.
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