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ALROSA made a stake on innovative development

15 april 2016
The total investments made by ALROSA Group in innovative development and technological upgrading in 2015 were in excess of 2 billion rubles, as it was stated in the company’s press release received by Rough&Polished on Thursday.
These included research and development, experimental designing, engineering and technology projects, personnel training and target training for students, exploration works, as well as capital investments in the construction, reconstruction, modernization of facilities and technical retooling of the company’s operations.
Last year, within the frames of the Innovative Development Program ALROSA Group introduced new methods of diamond exploration and prospecting assisted by airborne electromagnetic surveys, which help to identify geophysical anomalies and diamond-bearing deposits.
In addition, the miner’s existing facilities switched over to new techniques to boost ore production and ore concentration. In particular, the Mir Mine employed the heading-and-stall method using a drill-and-fire system for ore breaking and introduced new concentrators operating on new principles and using X-ray and laser emission.
A significant step was made by ALROSA Group in automatizing the process of sorting rough diamonds. Its factories are now equipped with automated sorting systems screening diamonds by color, size and quality, as well as by internal flaws.
Diamond processing has moved to a new level with the appearance of DCS-300, an innovative laser system, which can process natural diamonds with the help of a high-power pulse laser and water jet about 50 microns thick, providing highest precision.
In 2015, the Company continued to transfer its industrial equipment and vehicles to compressed natural gas, which significantly reduced the negative impact on the ecological environment.
An active role in the development of innovative technologies and in the implementation of promotional initiatives were played by the workers of ALROSA Group. Thus, they submitted 36 innovative project proposals for an open contest organized by the Company. Having kicked off an environment protection project under the slogan “The Green Facets of Diamond,” ALROSA Group saw 27 projects chosen to be considered by the jury, 7 of which were put into practice and awarded cash prizes. A contest of innovators and inventors held by ALROSA generated 474 new solutions, of which 398 were introduced into production.
Generally, ALROSA Group’s investments in the innovation development and technological modernization have greatly increased diamond output while reducing material costs and environmental damage.