Arkhangelsk, February 24, 2021 – Due to the improvement in the global diamond market, ALROSA Group’s management decided to bring the processing plant of Lomonosov Mining and Processing Division, PJSC Severalmaz, back into operation on March 1, 2021. The plant was suspended last October. It was earlier planned to relaunch the processing plant a month later – on April 1.
Preparatory and repair works are underway to minimize forced shutdowns of the plant after relaunch and ensure that the planned production program is completed. It was planned to process 3 million tons of ore in 2021.
Specialists have already repaired mill No. 2, vertical conveyor No. 2, belt conveyor No. 8, a sampler, a collector, classifiers, apron feeder No. 2, and a jigging machine. Plans imply the replacement of the lining of mill No.1, repairing the conveyor equipment, elevators, pump park, screens, an apron feeder, a reloading device, and installations for the destruction of oversize rock mass.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reduced production plan of ALROSA Group, Severalmaz switched to seasonal operations. The processing plant was suspended from May 16 to July 8, thereafter it was relaunched for the period until October 13, 2020. Mining was suspended from May 13 to November 1. Severalmaz diamond production in 2020 was 2.8 million carats.