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TK-2 back in operation
05.04.2018TK-2 mining complex was put back into operation after the repairs. In April it stripped half a million tons of ore.
The main volumes of stripping work at the VMMP subsidiary are performed by the stripping complexes, because it is cheaper and significantly saves the company’s funds. Therefore, to maintain such complexes in working order is of particular importance.
TK-2 was put back into operation in early April. Performance of the annual plan for 2018 - ore extraction in the amount of 5 million cubic meters – depends on how efficiently it will operate. Together with another complex – TK-1, which now operates in the open pit mine, they must strip over 5 million cubic meters of soil.
“The proper condition and efficient operation of this complex significantly improves the economy of the mining transport division of Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant,” says Oleksandr Gladushko, Acting Chairman of the Board of PJSC UMCC. “Each ton of soil stripped by TK-1 and TK-2 complexes is a lot cheaper than a ton stripped by auto equipment. Therefore, the full-fledged operation of our complexes means independence from the contractors and saving of the working capital of the enterprise.”
Repair of the complex continued for two months. The workers involved in this process replaced the emergency wheel and the tracks of the ERSHR-1600 excavator, various components of the complex, the conveyor belt of the excavator boom, and the bearings of the drive drum. Repairmen also moved the downhole conveyor and extended the fourth trunk pipeline by 80 m.
There were difficulties. When adjusting the conveyors, workers were faced with a problem – a lot of moisture accumulated in the face and flooded the dump section, recalls Yevhen Hrytsai, Head of the Mining Section No. 1. “Now the face of the open pit mine has already been cut, the soil is dry, the spreader ZP-6600 came out of the flooded areas and began to operate,” says Hrytsai.