ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions has received a contract from Apatit, a subsidiary of Russian fertilizer producer PhosAgro, to supply a complete in-pit crushing and conveying (IPCC) system for an apatite-nepheline mine located near the city of Kirovsk on the Kola Peninsula in northern Russia.

The contract, valued at roughly $33 million (€30 million), includes engineering, procurement, construction supervision and commissioning of the complete IPCC system to remove overburden and expose phosphate seams. The company will supply a semi-mobile crusher, three belt conveyors and a spreader system designed to handle 31 million metric tons per year (mt/y). Delivery of the system will take place within 24 months.

Overburden will be fed directly to the semi-mobile crusher at the edge of the mine and reduced to conveyable size. A curved belt conveyor system with a radius of 2,500 m will then transport the crushed material about 4 km to the 6,200-mt/h spreader.

Dr. Sven Müller-Rinke, managing director of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (RUS), said, “This will be the first in-pit crushing reference based on our technology in Russia and a good example of how our customers benefit from the worldwide integration of our plant technology business, also successfully implemented recently in Russia. For example, now we can offer them systems for the exploitation of raw materials as well as plants for further processing, such as fertilizer production plants, from a single source.”

Thomas Jabs, head of mining systems within the Resource Technologies business unit of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, said, “The switch to the new semi-mobile system is expected to lead to a significant decrease in truck haulage in the Kirovsk mine. Thus, our customer will profit not only from a substantial reduction in operating and maintenance costs as well as lower CO2 emissions but also from a higher level of safety during operation.”

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions will install a semi-mobile crusher similar to the one pictured above as part of an IPCC system order placed by Russian fertilizer producer PhosGro.ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions will install a semi-mobile crusher similar to the one pictured above as part of an IPCC system order placed by Russian fertilizer producer PhosGro.

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