SUEK commissioned a new longwall face at the Taldinskaya-Zapadnaya 2 mine (Kuzbass). The longwall face No. 70-10 represents 4 million tonnes in coal reserves with seam thickness of 4.37 metres and a length of 2.7km.
Shield support comprises a new high-performance automated JOY RS25 / 55 (Great Britain) powered roof of 176 units with high load-bearing capacity and especially configured for the high-performance mining of the Taldinskaya-Zapadnaya 2 mine. Ranging from 2.5 to 5.5 metres in height, all sections are equipped with an electronic control system, allowing for maximum automation and ensuring safe working conditions along the face.
The longwall face No. 70-10 is also equipped with an SL-500 shearer, a PF4 / 1132 belt conveyor, a PF4 / 1142 gate-end loader, and an SK11 / 11 coal crusher.
SUEK invested more than RUB 2.3bn in the new equipment.
During the first stage of development, the longwall face is 220 metres long (130 support sections), subsequently increasing to 300 metres (176 support sections). The production rate is expected to reach at least 500,000 tonnes of coal per month.
The longwall face is developed by Dmitry Godin and his crew from section No. 2 (headed by Sergei Yurtashkin).
The mining of longwall face No. 70-10 is expected to be completed before the end of 2017. In 2018, the development of the Taldinskaya-Zapadnaya-2 mine will transition to the 69th seam, which has a height of 5.5 metres and will be supported with the new shield support system.
SUEK is one of the leading coal mining companies in the world, the largest coal producer in Russia, and the largest supplier to the domestic market and exporter. SUEK’s mining, processing, transportation and service facilities are located in eight regions of Russia and employ more than 33,500 people. The main shareholder is Andrey Melnichenko.