Mechel Launched Two New Open-Pit Excavators for Its Mine Sites

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The Russian mining and metals company, Mechel, announced that it has launched two new open-pit excavators that are worth 20,821,992 dollars in its mine sites.

Basically, the company has already started exploiting a heavy-duty EKG-18 open-pit excavator with a bucket capacity of 18 cubic meters, and is set to launch into service another one this April. These types of equipment are designed for difficult mining and geological conditions, specifically for excavating heavy-textured rocky soil.

For better control over all parameters in excavation, these open-pit excavators have microprocessor-based control and information management systems, as well as automatic protection of mechanisms and fault detection components.

Commenting on the purchase of the mining equipment, Mechel CEO Oleg Korzhov noted:

“Our cooperation with Urals Machine-Building Plant serves as confirmation of the efficiency of Russia’s import substitution program. The experience we have had with EKG excavators at our coal open pits in Yakutia and Kuzbass proves that the new machines are reliable, highly productive and comfortable for their crew. Also, by buying Russian-produced equipment, we save not only on cost, but also on the delivery time for the equipment and its spare parts.”

Mechel’s products are marketed in Europe, Africa, North and South America, and Asia. Generally, the company caters to producers of steel, iron ore, coal, and ferroalloys.