Ceremonies for the start of construction of the Nekkovy open pit were held on July 27th.
In the presence of honorable guests, heads of the Mikhailovsky and Oktyabrsky district administrations, Valery Lomovtsev, the director of the Novoshakhtinsky seismic division at Primorskugol, presented the symbolic key to the vaults of the Earth to Alexander Balkovoy, Head of the Nekkovy open pit.
The honor of the first overburden load was given to Maxim Dovgushev, HITACHI EX-2500 excavator operator.
The first cubic metres of overburden were hauled by the BelAZ No. 21, a 130 tonne capacity dump truck operated by Sergei Moskvichev.
Alexander Zankov, Primorskugol General Director noted, "The main task of this open pit is the implementation of the programme to create new employment opportunities in the region’s coal industry."
The Head of Primorskugol went on to highlight, “The new coal production addresses issues around the company’s social responsibility. The pit will provide more than 300 jobs to miners".
The design capacity of the Nekkovy open pit is 500,000 tonnes. The volume of the mining operations represent 1,200 tcm. Commissioning is scheduled for December 2017. The production of hard coal will be launched in a short period.
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