Leading Russian iron ore miner and HBI & steel producer Metalloinvest has signed an agreement with EZTM for the supply of equipment for the construction of a second ball rolling facility at Alexey Ugarov OEMK. The annual production capacity of the new ball rolling facility BRF 2 is projected to be around 73,000 tonnes of rolled steel grinding balls with diameters of 20, 40 and 60 mm and of hardness groups 4-5.Metalloinvest's investment in the project will amount to over 1.7 billion roubles and will create 126 new jobs. The facility is scheduled to become operational in November 2023.The new facility will supplement OEMK's existing capacity. BRF 1, launched in 2020, produces balls with diameters of 100 and 120 mm. Additionally, it has the capacity to produce 90 mm balls and is considering introducing the production of 80 mm balls. By the end of the year, the enterprise plans to produce about 46,000 tonnes of balls.Grinding balls are used for crushing ore in ball mills at mining and processing enterprises. The use of balls of varying diameters and hardness groups makes it possible to produce raw materials across a range of grinds, from coarse to fine fractions.