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A new pipe is better than the old one
21.05.2018Vilnohirsk MMP continues to replace hydraulic transport with polyethylene pipes.
This year, Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant, a subsidiary of PJSC UMCC, plans to replace another four kilometers of the main hydraulic pipeline. The investments into the project will total UAH 36 million.
Polyethylene pipeline is much more flexible, cold resistant and less subject to the impact of harsh chemicals. Its service life is longer. That is why the company decided to purchase polyethylene pipes to replace the old, worn out, metal ones.
“As we are gradually switching to the PE pipelines, the idle time of the hydraulic transport during the repairs and assembly is decreasing,” tells Oleksiy Ryabinin, Chief Engineer at VMMP. The new pipes are being purchased to improve the efficiency of the processing production.
VMMP expects the substantial investment to return fast. The new main pipeline will stabilize the operation of the processing production and will extend the operation of hydraulic transport. That will result into an increase of the volumes of processing and concentrate output, which is important for the economy of the subsidiary.
The repair and assembly division (RAD) of the plant is involved in the assembly and laying of the new pipes. The skilled employees of the division work from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm without a break or days off.
“We have started the first stage – assembly and laying of the polyethylene pipeline of the hydraulic transport. It envisages extension of the second stretch for its further transfer. We need to lay around 800 meters of polyethylene pipeline,” tells Oleksandr Storozhko, Acting Master of Stretch No. 1 of the RAD. He added that the company supplied the workers will all required equipment and materials.
“We have ambitious plans for this year – to replace around 4 km of metal pipeline with polyethylene. The total costs for these purposes in 2018 will amount to around UAH 13 million,” said Ryabinin.