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High-voltage motors for Kazakh single mine copper development

WEG Electric Motors (UK) : 17 November, 2013  (Application Story)
WEG has supplied H- and M-line machines to drive production facilities at the Bozshakol Clay Project in Kazakhstan. Bozshakol is the largest single mine development in the former Soviet Union by both scope and volume of production.
High-voltage motors for Kazakh single mine copper development
The mine will deliver transformational growth equivalent to a third of Kazakhmys' current production levels. Bozshakol will have an average output of 75kt of copper concentrate per year, over a production life of 40 years and will employ around 1500 personnel. The ore body also contains highly valuable by-products of gold and molybdenum.
 
The development phase began ahead of schedule, with pre-production mining scheduled for 2014 and first ore to be processed at the concentrator by 2015. The capital cost for the project is in the region of $1.9 billion, funded from a $2.7 billion financing facility provided by the China Development Bank and Samruk-Kazyna.
 
The board approved the development of the project on 25 August 2011 and it is expected to go into production in 2015. This is a tight schedule for a major green field project, often in extreme weather conditions.
 
Approximately 50 of WEG’s H- and M-line machines have been chosen to drive production facilities at the largest single mine development in Kazakhstan by both volume and value, the Bozshakol Clay Project. Owned by one of the world’s top copper producers, the Kazakhmys Corporation, the Bozshakol sulphide and clay complex has an estimated annual ore processing capacity of 30 million tonnes and will employ around 1500 people, with a similar number involved in the construction phase.  The enterprise will contribute to Kazakhstan’s long-term industrial development.
 
WEG’s venture is based on the joint efforts and cooperation of several WEG branches in Australia, UK and Russia, including local partner in Kazakhstan, the Alpha-Centre company. Considerations included logistics, certification and service issues.
 
”WEG is providing the Kazakhmys Corporation with reliable electric machines to ensure process efficiency, productivity and a high-degree of reliability,” said Sergey Mushchenko, Managing Director at WEG CIS. “As the WEG local branch, we see our top priority as providing the perfect quality of service for the Kazakhmys Corporation throughout the installation, commissioning and operation of the equipment.”
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