NLMK Group, an international metallurgical company, has created a center for processing and analyzing data obtained using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on the basis of mining assets. The drones will be used for geological exploration in a quarry, monitoring the condition of roads, heating networks, power lines and other infrastructure facilities. The economic effect of expanding the use of UAV technology is estimated at 100 million rubles per year.
The use of aerial photography will expand the company's capabilities in a number of production processes, in particular:
- A more accurate and an operational tool for collecting information for geological exploration and other mine surveying work;
- Photogrammetry will make it possible to more accurately determine the iron content and its distribution in the rock mass immediately after the explosion. This will make it possible to more effectively regulate the shipment of ore from the quarry in order to receive raw materials with a certain iron content for the stable operation of the concentrator;
- This will allow timely repair of roads, which will affect the level of fuel consumption, tire life and the frequency of repairs of mining dump trucks;
- Unmanned aerial vehicles will allow for thermal imaging to reduce heat loss of buildings and heating networks, shoot dangerous or hard-to-reach objects, such as chimneys and ventilation pipes, tailings and others.
The total volume of aerial photography of the UAV center will be about 600 flights per year over 150 objects with an area of 5 thousand hectares.
“The use of unmanned aerial vehicles together with modern data processing tools - a new high-tech business process. It allows you to quickly receive information for solving a variety of tasks: from production and logistics to environmental. The company plans to scale the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to all sites ", - commented Sergey Chebotarev, Vice President for Energy and Environment of NLMK Group.
Information about NLMK Group
NLMK Group is a vertically integrated metallurgical company, the largest in Russia and one of the most efficient producers of steel products in the world.
NLMK Group metal products are used in various industries, from construction and mechanical engineering to power equipment and offshore wind turbines.
NLMK's production assets are located in Russia, Europe and the United States. The company's steel production capacity exceeds 17 million tonnes per year.
NLMK demonstrates high cost competitiveness among global manufacturers, and the company's profitability is one of the highest in the industry. The company's revenue for 2019 was $ 10.6 billion, EBITDA - $ 2.6 billion. The Net Debt /EBITDA ratio was 0.7x. The company has investment grade credit ratings from S&P, Moody's, Fitch and RAEX (Expert RA).
NLMK's common shares, which have free-float of 18.6%, are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (ticker “NLMK”), global depository shares - on the London Stock Exchange (ticker “NLMK: LI”). The share capital of the Company is divided into 5,993,227,240 ordinary shares with a par value of 1 Russian ruble. More information about NLMK's share capital can be found here.
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