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Representatives of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. visit JSC Polymetall subsidiary
In December, employees of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. and companies operated by the Holding, paid a four-day visit to one of subsidiaries, JSC Polymetall.
The ARMZ delegation included Sergey Radkov, Director for Operational Production Management, JSC Atomredmetzoloto; Vsevolod Galinov, Director for Occupational Health, Industrial Safety, Environmental Protection and Nuclear and Radiation Safety, JSC Atomredmetzoloto; Alexey Nevskiy, Director for Asset Management, JSC Atomredmetzoloto; Viktor Balyakin, First Deputy Director General – Chief Engineer, JSC PIMCU; Sergey Dunayev, Chief Engineer of Mine No.8, JSC PIMCU; and Viktor Svyatetsky, Director of JSC VNIPIpromtechnologii.
The main objective of ARMZ officials’ visit to the Magadan Region was studying the experience and practices associated with implementation of advanced technology in mining operations and mining company management. During the visit, the Holding’s employees examined three mines and two enrichment plants. They acquainted themselves with the System for Occupational Health and Industrial Safety Management in place at JSC Polymetall, a retooling programme, equipment purchasing details and principles for production, stock and mining planning management.
Summarizing the results of the visit, ARMZ employees noted that a number of practices implemented at JSC Polymetall could also be beneficial for the Holding’s other companies. In particular, Vsevolod Galinov said that the Occupational Health Management System in effect at JSC Polymetall reflects all safety management processes and procedures and includes all applicable standards, logbook forms, risk maps and etc. According to Vsevolod Galinov, this enhances the system’s usefulness and its accessibility for personnel, and JSC Polymetall experience can be helpful for updating the ARMZ System for Occupational Health Management in 2014.
As Alexey Nevskiy noted, conditions of equipment operation at JSC Polymetall facilities allow for effective exploitation of the existing fleet since all the mines are provided with inclined headings for rock hoisting, by which vehicles can move between blocks and levels to fulfill work assignments. It is suggested to implement a similar procedure at JSC PIMCU in the course of further development of Mine No.8, as well as in design of Mine No. 6.
Sergey Radkov emphasized that the work of geologists, underground surveyors and mining engineers at JSC Polymetall is fully automated. The surveyor service uses scanning systems, while mining operations are planned using 3D geological and mining engineering models. According to Sergey Radkov, experience of JSC Polymetall facilities in the area of process automation will be particularly helpful for JSC PIMCU, where the first phase of the YAT-1-1 project implementation is currently coming to completion; this project envisages introducing geo-information technology, creating geological databases and testing 3D technology at pilot blocks. In 2014-2015, it is planned to continue transferring all companies within ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. to the use of geo-information technology.
Following the results of ARMZ delegation’s visit to JSC Polymetall subsidiary, a detailed analysis will be carried out to identify best practices of mining operations and mining company management which could be introduced by ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.