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Kuzbass Governor praises SUEK's technological infrastructure

28 May 2020
Sergey Tsivilev, the Governor of the Kemerovo region (Kuzbass), visited SUEK’s facilities in Leninsk-Kuznetsk. The purpose of his visit was to study the level of technology and the delivery status of social programmes run by one of the regional and federal leaders in the coal mining sector.

Sergey Tsivilev inspected SUEK’s unique Centralised Control and Analytical Centre that efficiently controls the production activities of all open-pit and underground mines operated by the company. The data coming from over 20,000 sensors enables dispatchers to quickly resolve issues related to the effective and safe operation of equipment and to prevent emergencies.

At SUEK’s Staff Training and Development Centre, Sergey Tsivilev was told about the up-to-date training methods for miners. Last year alone, this most advanced company-owned centre trained over 15,000 SUEK’s employees in Kuzbass under various programmes.

The Governor also visited the Ruban mine and its working face. He talked with Igor Malakhov's mining team, the one that set a new Russian mining record in 2019. Using world-class equipment, the record-breaking unit produced more than 6.3 Mt of coal.

“The coal industry is the foundation of the Kuzbass economy impacting the income and living standards of 1.5 million residents in the region. Despite the difficult situation in the world energy market, the industry is being heavily upgraded with SUEK at the forefront of this process, by efficiently investing in development. This year, the company bought and put into operation the first new-generation roadheader in Russia; it also engineered and built the first two slewing spreaders in the country. SUEK launched new washing plants at two underground mines and introduced Russian-made unmanned aerial vehicles for aerial photography at its open-pit mines. These innovations facilitate the work of miners and improve its productivity,” Sergey Tsivilev said.

SUEK continues its large-scale investment programme in Kuzbass. From 2015 to 2019, it invested about $1.58 bn in various development projects. SUEK's investment priorities are achieving the highest work safety standards, purchasing and modernising mining equipment, acquiring open-pit mining machinery, increasing the productivity of conveyor lines and expanding and reconstructing the existing processing facilities.

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