Kemi Cracks a Problem

Kemi Cracks a Problem

When this Nordic underground chromite producer needed more power to break boulders in the stopes, it found a solution literally in its backyard

By the end of last year the market outlook for the Outokumpu Tornio Works (OTW) integrated chromite mine, ferrochrome plant and stainless steel mill was not looking too great (see sidebar). But the Kemi mine engineers had won one battle, beating an oversize boulder problem by building a machine the team believes is the first of its class in the world. Senior Underground Maintenance Foreman Mika Saari recently explained to Kyran Casteel, E&MJ’s European editor.

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Bearing Repair Services Offer a Cost-Effective Alternative to Expensive Replacement

Bearing Repair Services Offer a Cost-Effective Alternative to Expensive Replacement

As the mining industry maneuvers to survive the relentless pressure of plummeting commodity prices, tight credit markets and panicked investors, one of the few prospects for near-term relief is an emerging drop in certain operational costs such as fuel, labor and power which had risen steadily during the prolonged mining boom of recent years.

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