This decision was made in the conditions of reduced production volumes, consumption of raw materials and limited supply of energy resources
The Sukha Balka mine, which is part of the DCH group, decided to temporarily suspend technological processes at the Frunze mine in the conditions of a decrease in production volumes, consumption of raw materials and limited supply of energy resources. It is stated in the DCH Steel’s corporate newspaper.
Such a step will avoid the risks associated with emergency power outages and help retain qualified personnel. Miners who worked at the Frunze mine will continue to work in the underground horizons of the Yuvileyna mine.
“This will allow to maintain the balance and have a positive economic effect,” the message says.
The power of the Yuvileyna mine makes it possible, in the event of an emergency shutdown, to activate the counterweight mechanism and raise the miners to the surface. Therefore, the technological process in this unit will continue.
On November 23, 2022, beause of the destruction of the energy infrastructure objects, there was a mass blackout of the electricity network of Ukraine. At the time of the power outage, 16 miners were working in the underground horizons of the Yuvileyna mine. All miners left the mine at 22:00 on November 23.
“We have to overcome numerous difficulties caused by the war, constantly adapt to the realities of today, taking into account the recommendations of suppliers of energy resources, reduce the load during peak hours by implementing a special work schedule. Undoubtedly, we will definitely overcome this difficulty, technological processes in all divisions of our mine,” noted Sergiy Lopatin, acting CEO of Sukha Balka.
As GMK Center reported earlier, Sukha Balka carried out the repair of the technological equipment of the Yuvileina mine. At the mine, the elements of the loading dispenser and the sector shutter of the western skip were updated. The mine also built a new one pumping station on the industrial site of the mine.
The Sukha Balka mine specializes in underground iron ore mining with a capacity of about 3.1 million tons per year. The mining includes the mines Frunze and the Yuvileyna.
In 2021, the enterprise increased production of iron ore by 5.6% compared to 2020 – up to 2.7 million tons.