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A BRUGG GROUP COMPANY
United States

Alrosa Diamond Mine, Aykhal

Mirninskiy Ulus, Sacha, Russland, Russia
2018
Customer
ALROSA
Protected object
Quarry / Mine
Corrosion protection
GEOBRUGG SUPERCOATING®
Stabilized area
1400 m²
Maximum slope height
30 m
Slope inclination
70 ° - 85 °
Exposition
South
Other installed applications
Rockfall Protection, Slope Protection, Underground/Open Pit Mining and Quarries
Initial situation

The open pit mine is located in Aykhal, Siberia as part of the Aykhal production site - one of the world-leading diamond producing companies ALROSA. Aykhal is situated in the permafrost region – that is why operations in the open pit area are impossible during 2-3 months of the short summer time: Many rockfalls occur as a result of melting permafrost slopes. However an underground mine is operating and trucks are permanently using the portal to the quarry.

Some conventional wire mesh was widely used at this spot until now to safeguard the portal. As this mesh did not provide enough safety and has to be changed every 2-3 years. Alrosa decided to test Geobrugg state-of-the art technology.

Geology

- Mainly fractured dolomite

- Unstable layer from 1,1 to 1,5 meters

Description

One of the challenges was the delivery of material and drilling machinery to the site: In winter time you may use the ice road which runs along the river Lena.

In the summer material has to be delivered by ship, what takes 1.5 months from the European part of Russia to this site. In the end the installation had to be carried out during the short period when the temperatures were above freezing which is from mid of May to mid of September.

For the protection solution TITAN 40/16 nails with TECCO G65/3 mesh and P33/50 spike plates were used. In total 1400 m2 were stabilized. The pure installation time without delivery times was one month.  

The berms are subject to heavy erosion due to the melting permafrost. TECCO G65/3 then will stabilize actively the berms of the open pit mine in future.

Your local contact

Kevin H. Coyle
Kevin H. Coyle
Regional Manager Northeast
Natural Hazards
Geobrugg North America, LLC
3 Beaudet Terr
Columbia CT 06237 / USA
Phone +1 860 377 3230

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Saleh Feidi
Saleh Feidi
Regional Manager California
Natural Hazards
Geobrugg North America, LLC
8921 Emperor Ave.
San Gabriel, California 91775 / USA
Phone +1 909 706 8964

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John Kalejta
John Kalejta
Regional Manager Central US
Natural Hazards
Geobrugg North America, LLC
3215 67th Avenue Pl
Greeley CO 80634 / USA
Phone +1 505 220 1404

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Bob Lyne
Bob Lyne
Regional Manager Southeast
Natural Hazards
Geobrugg North America, LLC
8004 Windspray Drive
Summerfield NC 27358 / USA
Phone +1 336 337 0945

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Pierce Runnels, Civil Engineer
Pierce Runnels, Civil Engineer
General Manager Geobrugg North America
Natural Hazards
Geobrugg North America, LLC
22 Centro Algodones
Phone +1 505 771 4080
Mobile +1 505 400 0796

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Tim Shevlin
Tim Shevlin
Sales Director
Natural Hazards
Geobrugg North America, LLC
4676 Commercial St. SE, PMB 174
Salem OR 97302 / USA
Phone +1 503 423 7258

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