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Mining World Russia-2020: ARMZ Mining Machinery Presented First Russian Load-Haul-Dumper Powered by Lithium-Ion Batteries
As part of Mining World Russia-2020 International Exhibition of Machines and Equipment for the Mining and Mining-Processing Industry, which is taking place in Moscow, ARMZ Mining Machinery presented the first Russian load-haul-dumper, Argo LHD 140B.
The machine was designed as part of an industrial partnership with the French engineering company Aramine, an agreement with which was signed at Mining World Russia-2019. During this period, in a record short time, the Russian company ARMZ Mining Machinery has developed and delivered to the market new mining equipment at a competitive price. The first customer was E.P. Slavsky PIMCU, PJSC in the Trans-Baikal Territory, which tested the equipment at underground uranium mines. During operation, it was noted that due to inexpensive servicing the operating costs are relatively low, as are the cost of consumables (filters, oils), and the estimated engine life is long. The high performance and environmental properties of the machine also allow to reduce the general costs of running the mine, primarily due to the reduced load on ventilation system and the absence of the need to deliver fuel and lubricants. Reducing the level of noise and gas pollution in the working environment of the mine made it possible to increase the comfort of working conditions and to reduce the impact of harmful factors on the health of mine employees of PIMCU, PJSC.
The machine aroused interest from the largest gold mining companies in Russia, and will also be supplied to Latin America under a dealer agreement. «We are facing an intensive transition to battery power technology. Now, the market for battery-powered equipment is already developing five times faster than the mining industry itself. The price of lithium-ion batteries is about $200 per kW/h, and in 5 years it will be several times lower, so diesel LHDs will gradually give way to battery-powered ones. Our company is among the first, and today it occupies a leading position in the production of LHDs powered by lithium-ion batteries in the Russian market,» said Igor Semenov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company.