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IT Expert Council Meeting of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation Held at Khiagda, JSC
It is no coincidence that the enterprise of the Mining Division of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation became the venue for the ITEC. An innovative smart technology for managing the development of uranium deposits by in-situ leaching is being successfully implemented at Khiagda, JSC. «Smart Site» for uranium mining is created at Istochnoye deposit in the Bauntovsky-Evenki District of the Republic of Buryatia. The project is a part of the unified digital strategy of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation and is included in the package of digital products of the State Corporation; it allows increasing labor productivity and economic efficiency of production. Management of all technological processes at the enterprise is carried out from the main control room. The operator sees on the screens of the monitors all production processes occurring in the main building, in the sulfuric acid shop, in the local sorption unit, at the in-situ leaching site. «If, under the influence of pressure, the product solutions will suddenly change the direction of movement, the system will automatically rearrange the operation of the pumps so as to realign their flow,» said the project curator, a representative of the IT directorate of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co., Roman Rudin.
The software complexes help the enterprise to reliably assess the mining and geological situation at the developed sites of deposits, simulate the options of the development, carry out accurate analysis of performed work, and promptly make decisions in the analysis and forecast of field development, geological modeling and planning. According to Andrey Gladyshev, Director General of Khiagda, JSC, as early as at the preliminary stage of the project implementation, the company was able to significantly optimize the schemes of making access to the ore bodies and reduce the cost of mining and operating the site. «Interactive 3D model of the deposit is much clearer than the drawings on paper. Special software quickly performs calculations; it remains only to verify the data. We can consciously manage all processes, promptly make decisions. This allows us to ensure both environmental safety of work and economic efficiency, which is very important for the company,» said Andrey Gladyshev. In the future, the «Smart Site» options will be implemented at other deposits of Khiagda ore field, developed by Khiagda, JSC, as well as at Dalur, JSC (subsidiary of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.), a strategic metal mining company in the Kurgan region. ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. is one of the first in the world to introduce smart technologies at all stages from uranium exploration and mining to elimination of in-situ leaching mines.
Deputy Director General of Greenatom, JSC Sergey Manyakhin noted: «The uranium mining enterprise has clearly demonstrated how digital technologies help businesses to work efficiently, reduce losses and manage investments.»
The participants of the information technology expert council meeting reviewed the current issues of procurement, acquisition and implementation of new equipment.