FLSmidth recently announced it has been selected to supply an in-pit crushing and conveying (IPCC) outfit for the Polyus Blagodatnoye gold mine in the Krasnoyarsk Territory of eastern Siberia, Russia.
The new order includes a semi-mobile crushing station with TSUV gyratory crusher, an apron feeder and a 1.6-kilometre-long overland conveyor to transport material to the concentrator. It has been customised for the project, including a modular design with opposite truck ramps and enlarged discharge hopper.
The OEM said its components were selected because of their ability to perform in harsh conditions where temperatures can reach -40 Celsius.
The purchase order follows a deal between the OEM and the mine confirmed in October 2021, which involves a large package of mineral process equipment for the operation’s expansion.
“This large IPCC order is a clear show of confidence for our continuous mining technologies and for our market-leading TSUV gyratory crusher,” said Branco Lalik, global director for Mining Systems at FLSmidth.
“In fact, the new steel structure-based crushing station, with apron feeder discharge, is just the latest crushing station order in hard rock applications for FLSmidth, proving our successful strategy for flexible, customised design that meets each customer’s unique requirements.”
Blagodatnoye, a conventional shovel-and-pit mine, produced 455,000 ounces in 2020.
In late 2020, Polyus made the final investment decision on the construction of a new mill at Blagodatnoye with a processing capacity of 8 Mt/y of ore. The launch and ramp-up of Mill 5 is planned for 2025. The project will increase Blagodatnoye’s total processing capacity to up to 17 Mt/y.