The best achievements in the Russian mining industry presented at the Mining Excellence Awards

David McHutchon | October 19, 2017 | Views: 361

The finalists and the winners of the 11th Russian Mining Excellence Award competition were presented on 12 October 2017 at the Gala Dinner of the MINEX Russia 2017 Forum.

Established in 2007 by MINEX Russia Forum The Russian Mining Excellence Award has become a “Russian Mining Oscar”. The award committee allocate high status to companies that have achieved the best results in the most important types of mining activities in the period between the annual forums.

Polyus Gold became a winner in the nomination “Exploration project of the year”. In 2016, the company approved reserves of the Olympiadninsky deposit of more than 1,000 tons at the State Reserves Committee. Olympiadninsky is the largest gold deposit being developed in the Russian Federation.
Vysochaishy (GV Gold) became the winner in the nomination “Mining Project of the Year”. The company launched Taryn Ore Mining and Processing Plant in September 2017 – the largest mining enterprise in Oymyakon, ​​a key asset of the GV Gold in Yakutia. The ceremony of putting the plant into operation took place during the Eastern Economic Forum 2017 in presence of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Chairman of the Board of Directors Vysochaishy (GV Gold) Sergei Dokuchaev. The design capacity of the plant is 700,000 tons of ore per year, the planned production volume is up to 3 tons (97,000 ounces) of gold per year. The company plans to produce about 1 ton (32 thousand ounces) of gold by the end of 2017.
In the nomination “Personnel Project of the Year”, the winner was the joint project of the Siberian Federal University and Norilsk Nickel – the creation of the R&D centre. The University solves the educational tasks, releasing a new formation of the mining and metallurgical specialists and conducting the training of employees of Norilsk Nickel. The studies and research of the graduates are being introduced to the industry, improving the quality control systems for mining and processing of mineral raw materials. The nomination “Socially Responsible Company of the Year” has been won by Russian Copper Company, which in 2016 and 2017 implemented a number of projects to improve life standards in its operation areas. In the Chelyabinsk region, the company held “The Strongest Schoolchild” contest – a large-scale series of competitions in multiathlon among children of primary school age. For two years, 7,500 children from the region participated in this contest. In 2017, the Russian Copper Company created 16 sport training facilities and parks in Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk regions. Around 40 million roubles (approximately 700 000 USD) have been allocated for the project. In addition, in 2017, the company built a multifunctional sports complex Metallurg worth more than 220 million roubles (approx. 4 mln USD) in the city of Karabash in Chelyabinsk region.

Polymetal International won the in the nomination “Technology of the Year”. The company began using MUCMASTER-600EB – the loading and transporting machines with a battery drive – at the Mayskoye deposit to reduce heating and air pollution in underground mines. As a result, air does not heat up, costs for cleaning it from exhaust gases are reduced, electricity is saved, and mining becomes safer, as the risk of ice melting in cracks and the destruction of mines is reduced.

In the nomination “Environmental Project of the Year”, the winner was Kinross Gold. In 2016-2017, the company achieved a more economical (by 30%) utilisation of tailing dumps. Within the framework of this project, the volumes of enrichment tailings were significantly reduced due to thickening and subsequent dry storage, the flow of water not related to enrichment processes was excluded, the use of recycled water was increased, which reduced the consumption of fresh water by 85%. All these technics allow saving about 1.5 million cubic meters of useful volume of tailing dumps every year.

In the nomination “Investment Project of the Year”, the winner was the company Metalloinvest, which launched the third complex of hot briquetted iron production at the Lebedinsky Mining and Processing Combine with a production capacity of 1.8 million tons of briquettes per year. The total capacity of the company for HBI production is at least 4.5 million tons per year. Investments in the project amounted to about $ 660 million. New technologies for gas cleaning at the repartition of pelleting are being introduced and energy efficiency indicators for pellet firing have been improved.

The Legend of the Year became Vladimir Dolgikh, a metallurgical engineer, former director of the Norilsk Metallurgical Combine, twice Hero of Socialist Labour, Doctor of Technical Sciences, statesman.

About MINEX Russia

The 13th Mining Industry Forum MINEX Russia 2017 was held on 10-12 October 2017 in Moscow under the theme “Mining in Russia – moving up with the buoyant markets”.

The Forum is held in Russia since 2005 and considered as one of the most important and authoritative events on Mining and Exploration in Russia and the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.  MINEX Russia Forum brings together over 500 heads of industrial companies from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, countries of the European Economic Community, China, North America, Southeast Asia and Australia.

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