A.A. Tverdov, A.V. Zhura, S.B. Nikishichev
The article presents the analysis of the transport component share in mineral production costs of mines, and factors having the greatest effect on the selection of a transportation system. The advantages and shortcomings are discussed of four kinds of mine transport at open pits: railway, conveyor (incl. two types of cable-belt conveyors), rubber-tired and aerial ropeway transport. Preliminary estimates of economics of the analyzed kinds of transport and their comparative analysis are provided.