Kopex supports bound for Vladimirskaya feature RMI pumping systems

first_imgPoland’s Kopex group is delivering a turnkey solution for the Vladimirskaya longwall coal mine in Russia. Part of this project is the powered roof support system to be installed at the coal face itself. Kopex has awarded the supply of the critical pumping systems to RMI Pressure Systems0, based in Manchester in the UK. A crucial part of the powered roof support systems is the pumping system which must have completed rigorous testing before being deployed in the field to ensure the safety of the miners operating the equipment.Each support can weigh 30-40 t and can be rated at 1,000-1,750 t while also having the ability to hydraulically advance 1 m at a time. The roof support systems require a power source and this takes the form of a sophisticated hydraulic pump capable of producing extremely high pressures. The reliability of these pumps must also be beyond any doubt and bench testing has to be carried out for thousands of hours to ensure their operation in the mine will be faultless. In this case, Kopex has selected RMI Pressure Systems, which has a proven track record in the mining industry and has considerable experience in supplying equipment for the longwall mining operation.RMI has delivered three Trimax S300 pumps to power the roof support system, each capable of providing 244 litres/min at up to 353 bar, as well as two of Trimax S300 pumps for the water pumping system, which are cable of providing 319 litres/min at up to 92 bar. The entire contract also includes a service and spares package as well to ensure continued reliable service. Mike Sherman, RMI Marketing Manager, comments: “As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high pressure, high flow pumping systems, RMI has been designing solutions for the mining industry for many years. With the majority of applications in remote areas, with limited access and where unplanned downtime is very expensive, reliability is an essential quality required of our equipment. We have an enviable reputation for designing efficient and reliable equipment, which has been used across the world in the longwall mining industry for many years. We have developed relationships with many of the major mining companies across the world and our success in the longwall mining industry looks set to continue.”last_img