Procedure of mineral delivery system selection based on economic analysis of alternatives

At the moment, 80% of volume of rock haulage in open pit mining is transported by vehicles, and the motor transport cost reaches 60–65% of overall mining cost and can exceed the mining expenses 3–4 times when open pit depth grows. High operating costs include such cost-intensive components as fuel and oils, tyres, changeable units, road maintenance, etc. The proposed procedure makes it possible to assess alternative systems of mineral haulage from a mine to a consumer based on the economic analysis. The analysis involves calculation of annual expenditures, expense ratio per every haulage alternative, profit margin and net present value per each alternative. The use of these indicators is governed by the fact that they demonstrate the main economic parameters of income and expenditure in planning, construction and functioning of mineral haulage systems. The case-study of the comparison of some mineral haulage systems shows sufficient reliability of the proposed relations, which is confirmed by the calculation results. In the Arctic Zone, with the complex infrastructure and difficult conditions of transportation because of the harsh climate and remoteness of the region, such procedure becomes of a critical nature. The analysis of haulage alternatives in the Arctic conditions can allow the cost optimization and efficiency improvement of transportation, which can exert beneficial effect on performance of a mine being planned and designed.

Keywords: haulage system, minerals, economic analysis, alternatives, transportation infrastructure, haulage efficiency, cost optimization, Arctic Zone.
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Egoshin A. M., Afanasyev A. S., Alekseev S. V. Procedure of mineral delivery system selection based on economic analysis of alternatives. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2024;(6):135-148. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2024_6_0_135.

Issue number: 6
Year: 2024
Page number: 135-148
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 338.001.36
DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2024_6_0_135
Article receipt date: 10.01.2024
Date of review receipt: 05.02.2024
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.05.2024
About authors:

A.M. Egoshin, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Professor, Saint-Petersburg University of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, 196105, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, e-mail:, ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2025-2590,
A.S. Afanasyev, Cand. Sci. (Mil.), Professor, Empress Catherine II Saint-Petersburg Mining University, 199106, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, e-mail:, ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0272-2387,
S.V. Alekseev, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Assistant Professor, Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University, 195251, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, e-mail:, ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8632-3852.


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