On 17 November 2015 the governor of Kemerovo Region Aman Tuleev and SUEK CEO Vladimir Rashevsky launched the reconstructed washing module of Taldinskaya-Zapadnaya 1 mine (SUEK-Kuzbass) with a designed capacity of 2.7 million tonnes per year.
The unique feature of the facility is its compactness achieved through a series of innovative technological solutions that allowed to use the existing facilities and avoid the construction of additional buildings, as is usually done. Though the module is quite small, it achieves the same capacity as washing factories of at least twice the size.
Another feature of the new industrial complex is that a significant number of the equipment used is Russian-made. Monitoring and control of the process are automated.SUEK invested RUB 1 billion into this project that lasted one year. 104 new working places have been created.
The current project is part of SUEK long-term strategy approved by the Board of Directors and focused on development of washing capacities in order to expand sales of premium products to the priority Asian markets.
Under this programme, only in Kuzbass three washing factories have been reconstructed. Thus, in 2012 the washing plant of S.M Kirova mine was launched. As a result, over the past four years the proportion of washed coal at the facilities of SUEK-Kuzbass, taking into account the input power, doubled.
At the moment, the washing facility of Taldinskaya-Zapadnaya 1 mine is close to the design level. The module is capable of processing up to 2.7 million tonnes of coal per year, increasing product calorific value to 6500 kcal. The module can produce export-quality concentrate of two types: class 60-130 mm and class 0-60 mm, which increases the competitiveness of the products. Undersized coke of class 0-6 mm for combustion in power stations of Kuzbass helps achieve waste-free production and neutralise the impact on the environment.
Speaking at the opening of the module, governor Aman Tuleyev said, “Why do we emphasise the processing of coal? First of all, washed coal costs at least twice more than raw coal, which implies direct economic benefits. And let's be honest, if we had not taken the focus on coal washing and processing all these years, then given the macroeconomic volatility many of our coal enterprises would have been already closed!”
“The new factory is a great example that in hard crisis times, special, non-standard technical solutions and investment are needed”, said Vladimir Rashevsky. “You have to be creative and think forward in order to find ways how to gain the same efficiency and reliability with less resources”.