- Published: Thursday, 01 January 2009 05:00
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.