ARMZ Uranium Holding presented the first Russian mining loader powered by lithium-ion batteries

The loader gathered interest from the largest gold mining companies in Russia, and will also be supplied to Latin America under a dealer agreement.

ARMZ Mining Machines presented the first Russian underground mining loader, Argo PDM 140B.

The loader was created 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 time, in a record short period of time, the Russian company ARMZ Mining Machines has developed and delivered to the market mining equipment at a competitive price.

The first customer was Priargunsky uranium mine in the Trans-Baikal Territory, which has tested the technique at underground uranium mines. In the course of operation, it was noted that operating costs due to inexpensive maintenance 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 loader allow, in general, to reduce the costs of the mine, primarily due to the reduced load on ventilation 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 reduce the impact of harmful factors on the health of PJSC PIMCU mine employees.

The loader gathered 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 technology. Already today, the market for battery equipment is 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 already today it occupies a leading position in the production of LHD on lithium-ion batteries in the Russian market, “said Igor Semenov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company.

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