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BELAZ is working on gasification of mining equipment for Russian companies

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More than eight thousand kilometers separates the stand site of the Belarusian auto giant in Zhodino from the diamond treasures of the Mirny mining and processing plant. But it is at this oldest enterprise of ALROSA, founded in Yakutia in the middle of the last century, that a 45-ton dump truck BELAZ-75476 with a gas piston engine is being tested these days.

BELAZ is working on gasification of mining equipment for Russian companies

The company is working on the gasification of mining equipment for large companies of the Union State, the company explained. "The main thing is, of course, the performance of a mining dump truck, " emphasized Ruslan Sizonov, deputy executive director of AK "Alrosa ", but specifying that at the plant there is also the possibility of refueling at least ten similar dump trucks with gas. /p>

The fact is, said a company representative, that part of the mining reserves are located in remote areas, where diesel fuel can be delivered only during the navigation period. So we have to import it every year with a large supply. On the other hand, large deposits of natural gas are practically at hand, which are logical to use as fuel. Preliminary calculations prove that the cost of gas is several times lower than the cost of a diesel engine.

By the way, in the Murmansk region with the participation of the Belarusian automobile industry at the Eastern mine of the Kirov branch of "Apatite " a project is being implemented to transfer mining equipment to gas-diesel mode. A modular complex for refueling BELAZ dump trucks with liquefied gas is already expected here until the end of autumn. It will be delivered by tankers and stored in the tank of the complex. And two Belarusian dump trucks have already been reequipped for LNG refueling, which are to undergo pilot tests.

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