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Calendar schedule for construction work completion at JSC Khiagda sulfuric acid workshop approved
“Major construction and installation works are to be fulfilled by end 2014. By summer 2015, equipment start-up and commissioning will be completed,” says Evgeniy Kornienko, Deputy Head of the Capital Construction Department, JSC Khiagda.
Design capacity of the workshop first stage is up to 110,000 tons of acid per year, which will make it possible to produce more than 1,000 tons of uranium. Currently, JSC Khiagda consumes over 40,000 tons of sulfuric acid each year. Acid is delivered by rail to the railroad base Kadala in Chita and then transported approx. 300 kilometres by an unpaved road to the industrial site, located in the Bauntovsky District, Republic of Buryatia.
Launch of an in-house workshop will enable the enterprise to reduce haulage volume by a factor of three. Technical sulfur in bulk stock will be used as the main raw material for sulfuric acid production. Its transportation is more environmentally sound and safe.
JSC Khiagda HR Department commenced activities relating to recruitment and development of sulfuric acid workshop staff. Training is planned to be organized at the affiliated Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union, also operated by ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.
Above all, it is planned to organize training for remote control panel operators. “We hope that our experience will help JSC Khiagda employees avoid errors and fine-tune the process without significant losses. They will be able to closely familiarize themselves with the workflow and learn many details about the conversion process,” says Nikolay Smirnov, Sulphuric Shop Manager, JSC PIMCU.