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Uralkali Upgrades Fleet of Tunneling Machines

Uralkali Upgrades Fleet of Tunneling Machines

Uralkali has put into operation two modernised Ural-20P combines manufactured by Kopeysk Machine-Building Plant.

New mining equipment was manufactured for the Company as part of a programme to increase the output of combine machines to 1 million tonnes of ore per year. The capacity of the new machine is eight tonnes per minute, one tonne more than the previous Ural 20P model. The operating life has also increased by 300,000 tonnes of ore, now amounting to 1.8 million tonnes.

The design features of the new model include the following: nine major parts have been updated, the undercarriage has been overhauled, more modern and reliable hydraulic motors have been installed, the gearboxes have been reinforced, and the cutting unit has been modernised. An electronic control panel has also been installed in the operator’s cabin. The cabin is equipped with a dust control system which keeps out salt dust.

The modernised combines are currently operating in the Berezniki-4 and Solikamsk-3 mines.

Eduard Smirnov, the First Deputy Technical Director of Mining Operations at Uralkali, commented:

Increasing output in our mines is not possible without also increasing the operating life of the combine machines. The introduction of more productive and reliable machinery leads to improved safety and increased mining efficiency.

In 2015, the Company plans to acquire 8 continuous miners, 8 conveyer hoppers, 10 shuttle cars, 11 load-haul-dump machines, and 10 Krot and Kurier vehicles to transport people to the mines. The Company is investing a total of more than 1.5 billion roubles on such purchases this year alone.

121 combine systems are currently in operation in five of Uralkali’s mines, each consisting of a tunneling machine, a conveyer hopper and a shuttle car. About 200 units of special auxiliary machinery are also used for mining works.

Uralkali (www.uralkali.com) is one of the world’s largest potash producers and exporters. The Company’s assets consist of 5 mines and 7 ore-treatment mills situated in the towns of Berezniki and Solikamsk (Perm Region, Russia). Uralkali employs ca. 11,000 people (in the main production unit). Uralkali’s shares and GDRs are traded on the Moscow Exchange and London Stock Exchange, respectively.


OJSC "Uralkali" (OJSC "Uralkali", Company,) is one of the world’s leading potash producers. Our aim is to produce potash fertilizers to satisfy the worldwide demand for the high-quality food; we develop potash deposits in an efficient and responsible manner in order to ensure continuous development of the Company.

We follow the principles of social responsibility and we know how important it is to respect the interests of all our stakeholders (employees, partners, investors, shareholders, government authorities, public organizations, the media and the residents of the regions of Uralkalis corporate presence). We know that, as a large industrial company, we are expected to be reliable, open and stable. We aspire to fully meet these expectations in full by consistently implementing the strategy of sustainable development.

Planning our work for years ahead, we care about the well-being of the future generations and honor the obligations that we have undertaken voluntarily:

  • Securing the well-being and personal development of our employees;
  • Taking into account the unique social features of the regions where we work both when solving current problems and when making decisions regarding the Companys new projects;
  • Taking all necessary actions in order to reduce the negative impact on the safety, health and living conditions of our employees, partners and residents of the territories of Uralkalis corporate presence;
  • Maintaining an open dialogue with all the Companys stakeholders, regularly informing all interested parties of the situation in the Company and the status of the actions taken in order to reduce and eliminate environmental and social risks;
  • Taking into account the opinions of the stakeholders when making decisions in the sphere of industrial, environmental and social safety when realizing current and future projects.

Our social policy serves as a guide for each employee of OJSC "Uralkali" and it is reflected in all our programs and plans. We understand how important it is to fulfill our obligations in a full and timely way and we are committed to finding a balance between the interests of the Company, its employees and other stakeholders. We believe that this balance is the only true foundation for the harmonious growth and development of OJSC "Uralkali" and society as a whole.

URALKALIs Health, Safety and Environment Policy

OJSC “Uralkali” aims to be a leader in every aspect of its operations.

Health, safety and environment are key priorities for us and serve as a framework for every action and decision we make, irrespective of the type of activity.

We fully realise that no achievement or economic benefit may justify death of people or damage to human health and the environment of our planet. Each and every employee of OJSC Uralkali has the right to be provided with safe and comfortable conditions of labour. With that, the Company expects that every employee will strictly abide by safety regulations and will demonstrate responsible attitude towards own and fellow colleagues life and health. Only through maintaining a mutually responsible behaviour in health, safety and environment will we be able to achieve a greater level of development for our business.

Our goals are very simple and clear:

  • Zero accidents;
  • Zero industrial emergencies;
  • Reduction of environmental impact.

To achieve these goals and to ensure the maximum compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, we must create a health, safety and environment management system based on established standards.

An efficient management and continuous improvement of the corporate health and safety culture will enable us to gain significant progress in preventing and/or mitigating HSE-related issues.

We strongly believe that a successful implementation of these efforts will create conditions for the sustainable development of OJSC Uralkali.

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