Two new sales deepen Wenco's relationship with Polyus

February 14, 2017

RICHMOND, BC, CANADA (February 14, 2017) — Mines from Polyus Gold in Russiacan now run simpler, smarter, and safer thanks to their suites of Wenco mining technology.

Polyus Gold recently awarded Wenco contracts to supply the automated mine management systems for two of the largest gold mines on Earth — Natalka and Verninskoye. These sales get two more Polyus sites running with Wenco, which has quickly become the standard system of the main gold producer in Russia.

Holding the third-largest gold reserves in the world, Natalka mine lies in the Magadan region of Eastern Russia. After development finishes, it will stand as the largest gold mine in the country. Although its deposit is enormous, its relatively low grade of ore requires careful mining to minimize dilution and loss as much as possible.

Gold ore

The mine is planning to use a wide range of Wenco technology to meets its goals. Our Drill Navigation system will ensure more precise drilling at the mine, while our BenchManager machine guidance systems will keep the site's loaders digging to plan. Natalka will also rely on the Wencomine fleet management system's dispatching software to coordinate equipment across its three separate mining zones and several stockpiles.

Meanwhile, Verninskoye sits in the historically gold-rich region of Bodaybo. With a different composition of ore, Verninskoye has different challenges and requirements than Natalka. Recently, it introduced a plan for "Total Production Optimization" to improve equipment availability, hourly productivity, repair times, and extraction of gold. Yet, it can use the same Wenco systems as Natalka to do it. Verninskoye will run Wencomine FMS and add-ons such as BenchManager and Dynamic Dispatch to get its operation optimized, then stay that way.

Both mines have also purchased more Wenco applications to help them stay on top of other mining challenges, such as tires, fuel, tie-down time, maintenance, and safety. Our TireMax, Fuel Dispatch, Activity Dispatch, Maintenance Monitor, PitNav, and Fleet Awareness systems will work at both Natalka and Verninskoye to keep their operations running smoothly, without any fuss. Implementation at both sites is scheduled for later this year.

"We're so proud to strengthen our relationship with Polyus," said Glen Trainor, vice-president of sales and marketing at Wenco. "These new sales really show that mines around the world are responding to the ease-of-use and the versatility of our systems.

"Any mine can just pick up and run with a Wenco system to get the exact performance gains they're looking for."

To learn more about Wenco solutions, stop by our presentations at the SME Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado next week. Our specialists are set to present three new papers on our latest research and development in mining technology:

  • Knowledge Transfer at Mines: How E-Learning Technology Can Ease the Burden
  • Mining Safer Together: Stronger Collision Avoidance Through Integrating Contextual FMS Data
  • Business Intelligence and Mining: Implementation Issues and Propositions to Address Them

In the meantime, please contact or 604.270.8277 for more information about our products and business development.

About Wenco International Mining Systems

For over 30 years, Wenco International Mining Systems has worked with mining companies to extract unrealized value. Under this mission, Wenco has developed an integrated suite of solutions to support the digital transformation of the mining industry. Fleet management, asset health, data analytics, and other technologies join together in the spirit of open interoperability to raise mine productivity and efficiency, lower routine costs, and establish a safe and smooth mining operation. 

A Hitachi company since 2009, Wenco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.