6 Mar 2020 16:48

Rusal invested over 3 bln rubles in its Urals enterprises in 2019

YEKATERINBURG. March 6 (Interfax) - Rusal invested more than 3 billion rubles in its key enterprises in the Urals region in 2019, the aluminum giant's official representative for the Urals region Roman Lukichev said in a statement.

The company directed the funds to building new facilities, modernizing production, and purchasing new equipment.

The North Ural Bauxite Mine (NUBM) received the most investment, 1.4 billion rubles, of which 802 million rubles were directed to underground construction and maintaining efficiency of the active Kalinskaya, Novo-Kalinskaya, and Cheremukhovskaya shafts. Around 18 km of shafts were opened and equipped with the necessary infrastructure. Rusal provided more than 560 million rubles for upgrading equipment at the NUBM.

The company invested 950 million rubles in modernization, development, and increasing the efficiency of the Bogoslovsk Aluminium Smelter (BAS).

"Reconstruction and technical overhaul of the alumina production facility is taking place; replacement of equipment is under way. Specifically, the program for replacing outdated piston pumps with modern diaphragm ones was completed, and the enterprise received 200 new items of equipment," the statement said.

BAS is expanding its production volumes and markets for selling the accompanying products, the statement said. The smelter produced more than 33,000 tonnes of soda-sulfate silicate rocks, and the revenue from their sales topped 75 million rubles.

Rusal directed around 670 rubles to modernizing and re-equipping the Urals Alumina Refinery. The refinery overhauled the dust and gas cleaning unit of the alumina production facility's sinter furnace, put five autoclaves into operation, and also completed modernization of an evaporation unit.

In the Sverdlovsk region, Rusal has the Urals Foil mill in Mikhailovsk, the Bogoslovsk Aluminium Smelter in Krasnoturyinsk, the Urals Alumina Refinery in Kamensk-Uralsky, and the North Ural Bauxite Mine in Severouralsk.