BAKU, Azerbaijan. Apr.23
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
Belarusian BELAZ OJSC, which is a major global manufacturer of mining dump trucks and transport equipment for mining and construction, has sent BELAZ 76473 water sprinkler to Kazakhstan’s Aktogay Mining and Processing Plant (Aktogay Mys LLP), Trend reports with reference to BELAZ.
The use of this vehicle is expected to help improve the safety of transport operations at an open-type copper mine in Kazakhstan. The vehicle will also keep down the dust thus, improving environmental conditions at Aktogay Mys LLP.
The BELAZ said that this model of a watering sprinkler has proved itself to be excellent among operators and it successfully copes with dust suppression at open fields in Bulgaria, Zimbabwe, Mongolia and other countries.
Aktogay is a large scale, open pit mine similar to Bozshakol, with a remaining mine life of 27 years (including the expansion project). Aktogay commenced production of copper cathode from oxide ore in December 2015 and copper in concentrate from sulphide ore in February 2017.
Aktogay is competitively positioned on the global cost curve and will produce an average of 90,000 tons of copper per year from sulphide ore until 2021, increasing to 170,000 tons per year from 2022 to 2027, after the second concentrator commences operations. Copper production from oxide ore in the region will stand at 20,000 tons per annum until 2025.
Copper ore extraction increased by 32 percent at Aktogay mine amounting to 55.3 million tons in 2019.
Copper from sulfide ore production amounted to 123,000 tons, which is 16 percent more than in 2018. Cathode copper from oxide ore production amounted to 22,700 tons in 2019 which is 12 percent less than in 2018, but more the than the planned 20,000 tons.
The record-breaking volume of copper production was reached at Aktogay mine in the volume of 145,700 tons in 2019, which is 11 percent more than in 2018 and more than the annual plan of 130,000-140,000 tons.
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