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Railveyor inks deal with Ukraine's PJSC Sukha Balka

Sudbury-devised materials handling system selected to reduce cost, increase efficiency
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The Railveyor is like a rollercoaster for ore, moving materials along a track through various areas of a mine. (File photo)

SUDBURY – Nov. 1, 2021: Rail-Veyor Technologies Global Inc. (RVTG) is pleased to announce PJSC Sukha Balka, a major Ukrainian mining company, has signed a contract to purchase the Railveyor material handling system for their Frunze mine. The agreement was signed by Jim Fisk, executive chairman for Railveyor, and Vitaliy Bash, general director for Sukha Balka. Also in attendance were Lisa Youngblood, vice-president of marketing and communications for RVTG, and Serhii Lopatin, deputy director for PJSC Sukha Balka.

As part of Ukraine's indispensable Kryvyi Rih iron ore complex, Sukha Balka has recently attained production of up to 65 per cent Fe commercial ore. Manufacturing of the Railveyor system will begin in 2022 with completion of the first phase in 2023 and completion of the second phase in 2026.

“This agreement is an excellent step forward for both of our companies,” says Jim Fisk, executive chairman for Rail-Veyor. “For Rail-Veyor's part, we're proud to mark the third contract signed since late 2019 with mining companies in this region of the globe. We believe that more successful applications will lead to many more agreements like this.”

Mr. Vitaliy of Sukha Balka first gained interest in the Railveyor system during a tour of Agnico Eagle's Goldex mine. Although the tour was originally designed for representatives of Sukha Balka to evaluate other mining equipment in use at that site, they were intrigued by the promise of a cost-saving and environmentally friendly haulage system.

After extensive vetting, including a 16-week engineering study undertaken with the participation of SE UkrNIPII promtechnology design institute, Rail-Veyor's engineering department, led by Tim Wiitanen, vice-president of project engineering, and Igor Piltek, chief engineer for Sukha Balka, the Railveyor system was the chosen technology to bring the material haulage at Sukha Balka's Frunze mine into a more cost-effective and sustainable future.

About Rail-Veyor
Welcome to the Smart Mine of the Future. Rail-Veyor Technologies Global Inc. is the innovative solution for material haulage providing an emission-free, battery-free, and autonomous technology. RVTG offers the safe, clean, and profitable solution to industries needing the Railveyor TrulyAutonomous system for mining and other industries. Using a unique rail-based solution results in high energy efficiency and lowest in the industry opex costs. The Rail- Veyor international headquarters and John McCall Testing Facilities are located in Sudbury, Ont. The Technology Center and United States regional office are located in Houghton, MI. Rail-Veyor has seven systems installed globally.

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