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SUEK-Kuzbass commissions new longwall face

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SUEK-Kuzbass’s Polysaeuskaya mine has commissioned a new, fully automated longwall, the first such system in Russia. The technology allows for unmanned coal mining due to a system designed by OJSC SUEK-Kuzbass, Marco, and Eickhoff.

Multiples sensors mounted on the shearer and special video cameras, including those capable of infrared filming, allow for an operator to monitor downhole equipment. In addition, a computer program is capable of full automation.

The expected monthly coal production is 300 000 t and total investment amounted to RUB1.6 million.

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