ABB has won an order for 12 complete mine hoist systems and related shaft equipment with the potash producer Uralkali, with an aim to increase output and improve energy efficiency. The mine hoist systems will be installed in the Solikams and Polovodova operations in the Perm region in Russia.ABB’s supply includes the mechanical hoists, skips, cages, four feeding conveyors for loading the skip hoists and electrical equipment such as medium and low voltage drives, control system and a shaft signal system. The deliveries are scheduled between 2014 and 2018. ABB’s Global Product Group Manager of Underground Mining, Remy Lanoue said: “Reliable hoisting equipment with low energy consumption and high availability is the key to increase productivity while reducing environmental impact. We are proud to be chosen as a supplier of mine hoisting equipment and help Uralkali to be the most cost-efficient company in the industry.” ABB aims to assist Uralkali expand their production capacity to satisfy the growing demand for potash fertilisers.