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Russia plans to ban trade with US nuclear power companies

A draft bill submitted Friday (Apr. 13) to the State Duma, the lower house of the Russia parliament, would ban all trade between state-owned nuclear company Rosatom and US nuclear power companies.
The bill was submitted jointly by all State Duma fractions and its chairman Vyacheslav Volodin. It could be considered and possibly adopted during the next State Duma session next week, according to information on the State Duma website. The bill is in response to sanctions the Trump administration imposed against 24 Russian top businessman and government officials April 6. (Platts Apr. 13, 2018)

Russia to triple uranium production in next two years - Rosatom

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Russia consolidates uranium production assets in new company

A founding treaty to set up the Uranium Mining Company was signed on November 2, 2006, at Russia's Federal Agency for Nuclear Power (Rosatom). TVEL will contribute three mining assets to the company: Hiagda, Priargunskoye Production Mining Chemical Association, and Dalur. Techsnabexport will contribute the Elkonskoye deposit in Yakutia and its share in the Russian-Kyrgyz-Kazakh JV Zarechnoye. In addition, the company may include Kazakhstan's Yuzhnoye Zarechnoye and Budyonnovskoye deposits, and set up JV Akbastau to develop them. Additionally, Techsnabexport is continuing talks to start up a uranium operation in Uzbekistan.
The new mining company will do several things: follow up exploration and exploitation of deposits located in Russia and development of the country's raw materials, including geological prospecting. The company is also expected to set up joint ventures to produce uranium in and outside the country, and import uranium. In addition, it will channel Russian and foreign investments into uranium production. The new company may form a partnership with western investors to develop uranium deposits. (RIAN Nov. 8, 2006)

 


Trans-Baikal

Krasnokamensk

Krasnokamensk, Trans-Baikal

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Capacity increase of calcination plant at Krasnokamensk for processing of yellow cake from Khiagda ISL mine

In the hydrometallurgical plant of Priargunskoe Mining and Chemical Association (PJSC PIMCU) in Zabaikalskiy region a new line for deoxidation of ammonium polyuranates was commissioned. Additional equipment will make it possible to process here the entire volume of the final product of JSC Khiagda that produces uranium in the territory of the Republic of Buryatia.
"The transportation of final products for additional processing to Krasnokamensk is much more profitable than the construction of an additional redistribution line at our industrial site, in the conditions of permafrost. The enterprises are in geographical proximity to each other, so the logistics costs are quite small compared with the economic effect for the entire division," adds Andrey Gladyshev, General Director of JSC Khiagda.
The project for the additional processing of ammonium polyuranate of JSC Khiagda at PJSC PIMCU has been under implementation since 2017. The new deoxidation unit will double the processing capacity. (ARMZ Dec. 24, 2019)

China will co-invest in the construction of uranium mine No. 6 at Krasnokamensk (Russia)

The People's Republic of China (PRC) will co-invest in the construction of the new strategically important uranium mine No. 6 in Russia's largest uranium mining enterprise PJSC "Priargunskoye Production Mining and Chemical Association" (PIMCU, Krasnokamensk, Zabaikalsky Krai, part of Rosatom state corporation's ARMZ uranium holding), an agreement on basic investment conditions was signed on Monday (Mar. 12) in Moscow. Thus, for the first time, China will enter the uranium mining projects of Rosatom.
The new mine, the beginning of construction of which is scheduled for Tuesday (Mar. 13), will allow the nuclear industry of Russia to provide a stable supply of uranium. It is planned that the first stage of mine No. 6 should be put into operation in 2023. The total cost of the project is 18.5 billion rubles [US$ 326 million]. The first tranche of the fund will be 2.5 billion rubles [US$ 44 million].
The operational reserves of the Argun and Zherlov deposits of the Streltsy ore field, for the development of which a new mine will be built, amount to about 40,000 tons of uranium (35% of the total stock of PIMCU). The average content of the strategic metal in them is higher than at operating mines, which allows to guarantee competitive production costs. (RIA Novosti Mar. 12, 2018)

Construction of uranium mine No. 6 starts at Krasnokamensk

The construction of the first necessary infrastructure of the mine No. 6, the main step-down substation (GPP), was allocated to Rosatom at the end of 2017. "The work itself is expected to start in mid-February," says Alexander Glotov, General Director of PJSC PGHKO. The first stage of the mine should be put into operation in 2023. (Atomredmetzoloto Jan. 23, 2018)
Construction actually began on March 13, 2018. (Atomredmetzoloto Mar. 13, 2018)

Krasnokamensk mine starts industrial-size processing of subeconomic ore dumps for residual uranium

Over 48 years of the company's activities around 7 mln. tons of ore mass with extremely low uranium content have been accumulated on our industrial site. Industrial processing of off-balance and poor balance spoil heaps became possible after acquisition and launch of the KLEEMANN Mobile Sorting Unit. Annually the unit will process up to 375,000 tons of off-balance spoil heaps.
"The equipment divides the ore mass into merchantable ore and waste rock. Then the heap leaching method is used to extract uranium from the ore. The waste rock that remains after the sorting will be crushed into gravel, which then will be used for the technological needs of the enterprise," said Alexander Morozov, head of the CR&DL.
From 50 to 63 tons of uranium will be produced annually from the off-balance spoil heaps by the heap leaching method. (Atomredmetzoloto Nov. 14, 2016)

Mine No. 6 at Krasnokamensk obtains authorization

Mining of the deposits Argun and Zherlovoye in the Mine No. 6 was approved by FAA Glavgosexpertiza Russia. Construction work will begin later this year. The bulk of the work is scheduled for completion in 2022. (Atomredmetzoloto Apr. 29, 2016)

New tailings deposit under construction at Krasnokamensk

The free volume of the current tailings deposit will be sufficient for not more than two years. Therefore, a new tailings deposit will be built in Krasnokamensk at the end of 2016. The deposit is designed for a service life of 10 years, but it can be extended to 25 years.
In addition, the capacity of the existing Sredneye tailings deposit is currently being increased to 7.5 million cubic metres. (Atomredmetzoloto Nov. 23, 2015)

Construction of mine No. 6 at Krasnokamensk to start in February 2016

The investment committee of State Corporation Rosatom made a decision to finance works for mine No.6 construction of PJSC PIMCU. Financing will start from 2015. [...] The first construction stage is planned to start from February 2016. (Atomredmetzoloto June 30, 2015)

Russia plans construction of mine No. 6 at Krasnokamensk

At a special meeting of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum, JSC ARMZ presented the project of construction of the mine No. 6 PJSC Priargunskoe Mining and Chemical Union (PIMCU). "The project of construction of the mine number 6 is of strategic importance for the further development of PJSC PIMCU. Here are concentrated more than 37% viable reserves of uranium companies, and if you run the project by 2022, the bulk of production will be provided by PIMCU mine number 6," said Vladimir Vysotsky The project is ready for implementation, currently we are working on finding co-investors. (Atomredmetzoloto Mar. 3, 2015)

Russia undertakes exploration efforts to identify additional uranium deposits in the Kransnokamensk area

The project for further exploration of one of the world's largest uranium ore provinces has been carried out since 2012. As a result, geologists plan to reveal new formations with high uranium content. Discovering of new deposits will make it possible to provide Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union with commercially viable uranium reserves for many years ahead. The project funding will amount to 1 billion rubles [US$ 15 million].
Under the Kaldera project, forecasting has been completed thus far. Following its results, four prospective sites totalling approximately 100 sq.km with resource potential of not less than 80,000 tons of uranium have been identified. In 2015, it is planned to obtain licenses for geological study of this territory, with subsequent discovery and exploration activities. (Atomredmetoloto Feb. 4, 2015)

Two uranium mines at Krasnokamensk to resume operations after implementation of cost reductions and use of acid block in situ leaching

Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union (JSC PIMCU, a part of the control loop of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co / JSC Atomredmetzoloto) has commenced preparations to resume operations at two uranium mines - Mine No. 2 and Mine No. 4.
Operations at Mine No. 2 were suspended on April 1, 2014 due to the decline in world uranium prices and, as a consequence, economic inefficiency. According to PIMCU Geological Department, uranium reserves of Mine No. 2 total 11,000 tons. "Presently technological measures that allow to minimize costs have been developed and will be implemented," - explains Sergei Shurigin, director general of PIMCU. Production is to be resumed in February 2015.
Mine No. 4 was closed due to depletion of reserves minable by conventional mining method. The remaining reserves total about 6,000 tons of uranium, and are to be mined using less costly method - block in-situ leaching. The technology involves acidification of ore directly in ore blocks. This eliminates the need to transport ore to the surface, thus significantly reducing the costs. Mining operations are expected to start in March 2015.
Currently JSC PIMCU is mining uranium by conventional method at Mine No. 1 and Mine No. 8, as well as by heap leaching of off-balance wastes. (Atomredmetzoloto Nov. 17, 2014)

Krasnokamensk mine starts project for heap leaching and block in-situ leaching of low-grade deposits

JSC PIMCU launched a comprehensive project to develop the remaining reserves of the Tulukui deposit by block in situ leaching and heap leaching. (Atomredmetzoloto Oct. 14, 2014)

Krasnokamensk mine starts processing of subeconomic ore dumps for residual uranium

The project for ore-sorting of non-commercial dumps was launched in August 2013, when an ore-sorting complex was installed, including a mobile screening plant and an X-Ray magnetic separator. This equipment separates rock bulk into saleable ore and mining waste. "Ore-sorting allowed us to obtain more than 50,000 tons of saleable ore, from which 10 tons of uranium was eventually extracted", says Alexander Morozov, Head of the JSC PIMCU Central R&D Laboratory.
It was decided to purchase the second ore-sorting complex. Once it is put into operation, production volume will increase up to 300,000 tons of saleable rock bulk per annum. (Atomredmetzoloto Aug. 4, 2014)

Russia's flagship Krasnokamensk uranium mine unprofitable due to low uranium price and decreasing productivity - cost reductions planned

"Taking into consideration the current situation on the uranium market, characterized by overproduction of this metal and drop in prices, diversification seems to be of particular importance for JSC PIMCU. Today, the enterprise is unprofitable, with production costs growing and the level of product output per person decreasing. On the Briefing Day, traditionally held for the Industrial Union's employees and the Krasnokamensk city residents, JSC Atomredmetzoloto Director General told them about decisions that had been made. He said that for JSC PIMCU to reach break-even operation it is necessary to reduce expenses by 3 billion rubles [US$ 83 million] in 2014 and 2015, i.e. by 1.5 billion rubles [US$ 42 million] annually." (Atomredmetzoloto Apr. 24, 2014)

Krasnokamensk uranium mine switching to heap leaching and block in-situ leaching in view of decreasing ore grades

Igor Zhilkin, First Deputy Director General - Chief Operating Officer of JSC Atomredmetzoloto, said that the largest asset of ARMZ - Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union - is also considering an opportunity of introducing geotechnology, since major ore field reserves have been already exhausted by the enterprise, while uranium content in remaining reserves is rather low. "At the moment, together with the Trans-Baikal University we proceeded to implementation of a large-scale project aimed at intensifying application of the Heap Leach technology and customizing the block in-situ leaching method to the enterprise's requirements," noted Igor Zhilkin. (Atomredmetzoloto Nov. 15, 2013)

Groundwater contaminant plume from Krasnokamensk uranium mine reaches drinking water wells

"[...] increasing flow of groundwater stream at the mouth of Sukhoi Urulyungui due to technological water infiltration, mixing of natural water with filtration streams from industrial reservoirs and sites, containing elevated (relative to natural background) levels of sulfate-, hydro-carbonate and carbonate-ions, led to the development and moving of the uranium contamination aureole [plume] from the undeveloped field 'Polevoye' to the water inlet area. The aureole front crossed the southern border of water inlet of drinking purpose. The qualitative composition of groundwater, especially in the southern part of water inlet, steadily changes for the worse."
Radio-Ecological Conditions of Groundwater in the Area of Uranium Mining and Milling Facility , by Titov A.V., Semenova M.P., Seregin V.A., et al., WM2013 Conference, February 24 – 28, 2013, Phoenix, Arizona USA (744k PDF)

Extensive environmental contamination identified near Krasnokamensk uranium mine

"The researches performed showed that in soil, vegetation, groundwater and local foods sampled in the vicinity of the uranium mines, there is a significant excess of Ra-226 and Th-232 content compared to areas outside the zone of influence of uranium mining.
The ecological and hygienic situation is as follows:
Radio-Ecological Situation in the Area of the Priargun Production Mining and Chemical Association , by Semenova M.P.1, Seregin V.A.1, Kiselev S.M., et al., WM2013 Conference, February 24 – 28, 2013, Phoenix, Arizona USA (447k PDF)

Mine No. 8 commissioned at Krasnokamensk uranium mine

On December 14, 2012, Atomredmetzoloto announced that Argun Industrial Mining and Chemical Union (JSC "PPGHO") launched the operation of the first stage of the mine No. 8 with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes of ore per year.
Mine No. 8 contains resources of 12,800 tonnes of uranium. In 2013, the mine is expected to produce 400 tonnes of uranium. In the future, the annual production will exceed 500 tonnes of uranium. The total investment in the project will amount to 4.8 billion rubles [US$ 156 million].

Miner killed in roof-collapse accident at Krasnokamensk uranium mine

Interfax quoted the local branch of the Russian Investigative Committee said investigators in the town of Krasnokamensk, Baikal region, are probing the death of a mine worker from the Priargun Production Mining-Chemical Association. The statement said the uranium mine worker was killed on Tuesday (Mar. 13) morning by a collapsed roof at the Gluboky mine.
Investigators have found that the accident took place between the seventh and eighth levels of the mine when the 26-year-old miner was opening a ventilation system valve. Operations have been temporarily halted at the Gluboky mine. (Steelguru/Kyiv Post Mar. 15, 2012)

Court orders Krasnokamensk uranium mill to stop local lake pollution

The environmental protection prosecutor's office in the Baikal region achieved that the measures will be taken to stop the contamination of the Umykej lakes with toxic wastewaters from the Priargunsk mining and chemical plant. The Krasnokamensk city court satisfied a lawsuit, which the Chita district prosecutor in charge of environmental protection filed against one of the largest uranium producing plants in Russia and in the world.
The court ruled that the Priargunsk mining and chemical plant should build additional toxic waste treatment facilities and wastewater decontamination installations before 2013, the press service of the prosecutor's office in the Baikal region told Itar-Tass on Thursday (Oct. 20).
"The wastewater treatment facilities can treat no more than 24,000 cubic meters of wastewaters daily, but 39,000 cubic meters really pass through them," senior assistant prosecutor for public relations in the Baikal region Anatoly Uskov said.
As a result the content of zinc, phosphate, phenol, oil products, iron, magnesium, sulphates, nitrates and several other dangerous admixtures exceeds the permissible standards. The swimming and fishing are forbidden in the lakes long ago due to the accumulation of dangerous chemical substances. (TASS Oct. 21, 2010)

New sulfuric acid plant opened for Krasnokamensk uranium mine

A new sulfate plant was opened in Zabaikalsky Region last week. It will provide for the stable work of Priargunskoe Production Mining and Chemical Union and help increase uranium production in the future. "Capacity of the new facility makes 180 thousand tons of sulfuric acid a year", reports Dmitry Shulga, a representative of the Uranium Holding ARMZ (Atomredmetzoloto).
The old production line was not able to meet the current demand of Chemical Union. The construction started 4 years ago and Priargunskoe Production Mining and Chemical Union spent 1.8 billion rubles [US$ 57.65 million] for this project. (FederalPress June 23, 2009)

Russia invests into development of Krasnokamensk uranium mine

Russia intends to invest $2 billion in the development of Priargun Mining and Chemicals Association, the country's biggest uranium miner, Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the state Rosatom corporation, said.
Kiriyenko said that Priargun received 1.8 billion rubles [US$ 73.2 million] in funding last year and would get 3 billion rubles [US$ 122 million] next year. "We intend to invest around $2 billion in total to refurbish Priargun in the next few years," he said.
Two new mines are being built at Priargun. Kiriyenko said 1.6 billion rubles [US$ 65 million] had been budgeted for Mine #6 in 2009. The first stage of the mine should go on stream in 2019 and the second stage in 2024. Projected capacity is 1 million tonnes of uranium ore per year. Mine #8 should be built in 2011 and will produce up to 400,000 tonnes of ore per year. A third mine, Mine #7, capacity 250,000 tpa, could be built between 2014 and 2018. In addition, a sulfuric acid plant, capacity 180,000 tpa, should be built by the end of this year. The plant, which will be tested in October, will make Priargun self-sufficient in sulfuric acid. (Interfax Aug. 29, 2008)

Resettlement planned of 2000 residents living near Krasnokamensk uranium mine

Rosatom is planning to finance the resettlement of two thousand residents from ecologically hazardous Oktyabrskoe settlement located right over the uranium mine of the Priargun enterprise. Kiriyenko said his agency will allocate 600 million rubles [US$ 23.2 million], while Chita regional administration will earmark another 240 million [US$ 9.3 million]. "We shall open financing by the end of 2007 and the issue has to be resolved by the end of 2009. The construction of a new settlement is the only way to resolve the problem," Kiriyenko said. (Itar Tass June 1, 2007)

Production increase expected for Krasnokamensk uranium mine

Priargunskoye will have to raise uranium production in the Krasnokamensk area from 3160 to 5000 t/a U in 2015. This shall be accomplished by new production from No.6 mine (1000 t/a) and No.8 mine (400 t/a). 15 billion rubles [US$ 580 million] of investments were necessary to develop and modernize the mining enterprise, according to head of Rosatom nuclear agency Sergey Kiriyenko. The explored uranium reserves in the Chita region comprise 144 thousand tons and prospecting can add another 40 thousand tons. (RIA Novosti May 31, 2007; Itar Tass June 1, 2007)

TVEL seeks funding for extension of Krasnokamensk uranium mine

TVEL has applied to the Russian Economic Development and Trade Ministry for an allocation of 4.2 billion rubles [US$ 155 million] over four to five years from the Investment Fund to finance uranium mining at the Priargun mining complex in the Chita region, in particular the No.6 mine, "which will be developing this year and in the years to come." The investment in Priargun will total 5.6 billion rubles [US$ 207 million], of which TVEL will provide 1.4 billion rubles [US$ 52 million]. (Interfax May 30, 2006)

Production to almost double

Under the Natural Resources Ministry's plan, production at the country's largest uranium producer, the Priargunsky plant in Krasnokamensk, is set to almost double from 3,300 tons to more than 5,500 tons per year. (Moscow Times Feb. 28, 2006)

 


Kurgan

Dalmatovkoye

Dalmatovkoye ISL mine, Kurgan

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Vandalism of piping leads to spill of acidic solutions at Dalmatovkoye in situ leach uranium mine: On the evening of July 30, malefactors entered the industrial site of JSC Dalur on the outskirts of Shumikha and disabled several rubber hoses of the pipeline through which uranium mining solutions enter the underground. As a result, some of the weakly acidic solutions poured onto the ground. (ARMZ July 31, 2020)

Commissioning of pilot plant for scandium extraction started at Dalmatovkoye in situ leach uranium mine: At the central production site of JSC Dalur, commissioning of the pilot plant for the associated extraction of scandium has started. The first batch of finished products - scandium oxide - is planned to be received in June 2017.
After completion of commissioning, it is planned to produce up to 1.5 tons of scandium oxide per year. This raw material for the production of 53 tons of alumoscanium alloy, which is used, in particular, in the aviation and space industries. The holding already has agreements on the supply of finished products with a number of companies. (Atomredmetzoloto Apr. 25, 2017)

Pilot unit for scandium extraction launched at Dalmatovkoye in situ leach uranium mine: "Our laboratory studies showed that pregnant solutions contain 1 mg of scandium per 30 mg of uranium. [...]" - told Aleksey Starodumov, general director of JSC VNIPIpromtekhnologii. The pilot unit is designed for 400 kg capacity of rare earth metal per annum. (Atomredmetzoloto Nov. 2, 2015)
Pilot scandium extraction projects are scheduled to start in 2016. Total scandium production in Kurgan Oblast can reach up to 10 tons per year. Just as uranium, the rare earth metal will be transferred to the facilities of TVEL Fuel Company, a part of Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation, for subsequent use in the nuclear industry. (Atomredmetzoloto April 12, 2016)

Dalmatovkoye in situ leach uranium mine adds drying system for yellow cake output: A drying system for suspension of uranium compounds (yellow cake) has been put into operation at the main production facility of Dalur. Uranium compounds suspension humidity previously achieved by the company was up to 30%. After introduction of the modern drying technology, the humidity will drop to 2%.
Currently, the production line reached its design capacity - 120 kg of yellow cake per hour. This corresponds to the output of Dalur with account to the increase in mining production at Dalmatovskoye and Khokhlovskoye deposits. It should be noted that this year Dalur plans to produce 590 tons of uranium, and 600 tons in 2016.
(Atomredmetzoloto Sep. 28, 2015)

Pilot plant for rare earth recovery started at Dalmatovkoye uranium in situ leach mine: On February 19, 2013, a pilot plant was launched for the extraction of bulk concentrate of rare earth metals (REM) from productive solutions derived in the production of uranium by JSC "Dalur". The bulk rare earth metals concentrate will be sent to the hydrometallurgical plant of the company "Intermiks Met" in Lermontov for processing into the final product (99.9% of scandium oxide and aluminum-scandium alloy).
In 2012, 35 million rubles (US$ 1.16 million) were invested for the implementation of the project. In the years 2013-2023, the total investment should reach 500 million rubles (US$ 16.6 million). The production volume is planned to increase to 24.5 tonnes of concentrate in 2013, and to 134 tonnes in 2023. Consumers of the end product will be the aerospace industry in Russia and a number of Russian and foreign industrial holdings. (Atomredmetzoloto Feb. 19, 2013)

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Buryatia

Khiagda · Vitimsky

Vitimsky (Khiagda) ISL mine, Buryatia

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Development of Kolichkansky deposit at Khiagda uranium in situ leach mine obtains approval: The Central Commission for the Development of Solid Mineral Deposits of the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation (TsKR-TPI Rosnedr) has approved a technical project for the development of the Kolichkansky uranium deposit presented by JSC Khiagda.
The Kolichkanskoye deposit is part of the Khiagda ore field, which is mined by JSC Khiagda in the Bauntovsky Evenk region of the Republic of Buryatia. In accordance with the approved project, production will be carried out by in-situ leaching (ISL).
The project reserves will be developed for 19 years: from 2021 to 2039. (ARMZ July 22, 2020)

Development of Dybrynskoye deposit at Khiagda uranium in situ leach mine obtains approval: The Central Commission for the Development of Solid Mineral Fields of the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation (CKR-TPI Rosnedr) agreed on a technical project for the development of the Dybrynsky uranium deposit submitted by Khiagda JSC.
The Dybrynskoye deposit is part of the Khiagda ore field, which is mined by JSC Khiagda in the Bauntovsky Evenki district of the Republic of Buryatia. In accordance with the approved project, production will be carried out by the method of borehole underground leaching (SPV). (ARMZ July 3, 2020)

Capacity increase of calcination plant at Krasnokamensk for processing of yellow cake from Khiagda ISL mine:
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Development of further ore deposits commences at Vitimsky ISL mine: Engineering and geological surveys for the construction of mining facilities have been started on the Kolichikan and Dybrynskoye deposits. (Atomredmetzoloto May 29, 2018)

ARMZ's Khiagda uranium mine spends US$ 87 million for social and economic development of district: Social and Economic Agreement on Cooperation was signed by Director General of Khiagda, JSC, Andrey Gladyshev and Head of Bauntovsky Evenk District Nikolay Kovalev. The enterprise will allocate 5 billion roubles [US$ 87 million] in order to provide sustainable social and economic development of the district. The funds will be directed to implementation of such socially important projects as acquisition of computer equipment for Municipal Budgetary Educational Institution Vitimskaya Secondary General Education School of Romanovka village, acquisition of furniture for Ogonyok kindergarten, repair and filling of internal roads in Romanovka and Bagdarin villages. (Atomredmetzoloto Mar. 21, 2018)

Development of new uranium deposit started at Vitimsky in situ leach uranium mine: The Bauntovskiy Evenky region of the Russian Republic of Buryatia began the development of Vershinnoye uranium deposit, the press office of Atomredmetzoloto holding announced.
Vershinnoye deposit is one of the eight deposits of the Khiagda ore field (the total reserves are estimated at 45 thousand tons of uranium), the development of which is carried out by JSC Khiagda, incorporated in Atomredmetzoloto holding company, Rosatom. Its reserves amount to 4,577 tons of uranium, the first metal is planned to be obtained in 2018.
Production Director of JSC Khiagda Andrey Gladyshev said that the company would build more than 1,200 production wells at Vershinnoye, 165 of them have already been drilled. (Construction.RU Mar. 27, 2017)

Comment invited on environmental impact assessment for Vitimsky in situ leach uranium mine: The environmental impact assessment in the implementation of activities for construction and operation of buildings and complexes designed for practicing the method of underground leaching of uranium deposits Khiagdinskoe ore field is open for comment. A public hearing will be held at Romanovka on Feb. 21, 2017.
Submit comments within 30 days from January 17, 2017.
> View JSC Khiagda release Jan. 17, 2017 (in Russian)
> Download environmental impact assessment (in Russian)

Development of additional ore deposits commences at Vitimsky ISL mine: JSC Khiagda has commenced development of Istochnoye uranium deposit on Khiagdinskoye ore field, Bauntovsky Evenki region of the Republic of Buryatia. So far the Company has been developing only Khiagdinskoye deposit at Khiagdinskoye ore field, with reserves of 10,849 tons of uranium. The launch of on-site sulfuric acid plant has allowed to commence development of other deposits.
Until the end of 2015, it is planned to drill 152 production wells, each about 200 m deep. Reserves of Istochnoye deposit amount to 2055 tons of uranium. The first metal is expected to be produced in late 2016.
"At the same time, we are preparing for the development of Vershinnoye deposit with confirmed resources of 4577 tons of uranium. This is a very attractive deposit with good quality of reserves,"- said chief geologist of Khiagda Andrey Gladyshev. Production at Vershinnoye will start in 2017. (ARMZ Sep. 11, 2015)

Vitimsky ISL mine gradually increasing production: "From 2015 to 2018, we will gradually commence operations at deposits of Istochnoye and Vershinnoye fields. If in 2014 JSC Khiagda produced 442 tons of uranium, in 2015 finished products output will reach 508 tons. Hopefully by 2018 we will be able to fully load the new equipment and annually produce 1,000 tons of the metal needed by the country" said General Director of JSC Khiagda Alexei Dementiev. (ARMZ May 19, 2015)

New deposits under development for in situ leaching at Vitimsky mine: Russian uranium mining company Khiagda aims to start mining the Istochnoye and Vershinnoye uranium deposits from 2016 and 2017, respectively. The company is preparing to build access roads, power transmission lines and infrastructure facilities at the Istochnoye deposit, which has known uranium resources of 2,055 tonnes. The Vershinnoye deposit has known uranium resources of 4,577 tonnes. Commissioning of the main production building and a workshop for the production of sulfuric acid allows JSC Khiagda to increase the output of final product to a thousand or more tons of metal per year. (World Nuclear News/ARMZ Aug. 19, 2014)

In 2013, JSC Khiagda produced 440 tonnes of uranium. (Atomredmetzoloto Dec. 25, 2013)

In 2010, JSC Khiagda produced 135.1 tonnes of uranium by in situ leaching. (Atomredmetzoloto Oct. 25, 2011)

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