ALROSA will acquire 68 road trains with a carrying capacity of 90 tons each for the Upper Muna (Verkhne-Munskoye) diamond deposit, which is planned to be put into commercial operation in 4th quarter of this year, the press service of the Company reports.
According to ALROSA, the use of road trains instead of quarry dump trucks significantly reduces the cost of transportation of ore.
The first road trains will arrive at Udachny Ore Mining and Processing Plant of ALROSA in the summer of 2018. These vehicles will be used to ship the diamondiferous ore from the Upper Muna.
The Udachny Mining and Processing Plant already has a successful experience of using road trains. For the first time they were used in 2014 to transport ore from the Zarnitsa quarry to the concentrator. Today, 14 such heavy trucks carry the ore from Zarnitsa. According to experts, this vehicle after a series of modifications is optimally suited for the climatic conditions of the Arctic Circle and significantly reduces the cost of transportation by reducing the specific fuel consumption per ton of ore. The annual fuel economy amounts to a total of 1.5 to 2 thousand tons. It is expected that the use of road trains at Zarnitsa will reduce the Company's operating expenses over 10 years by more than 3.5 billion rubles.
"The experience of using road trains at Zarnitsa showed their high efficiency. Therefore, it was decided to extend this experience to the Verkhne-Munskoye field,” said the director of Udachny Plant Aleksandr Makhrachev, recalling that the distance between the Upper Muna deposit and the beneficiation plant #12 of the Udachny Plant, where ore will be delivered from the Upper Muna, is 170 km.