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Yuzhny Island, Novaya Zemlya Archipelago: The First Ore Mining Company Completed 1st Stage of Field Season
The Pavlovskoye ore field is one of the largest polymetallic ore sites in the Bezymyansky ore cluster. The deposit area is boarded by the coastal part of the Barents Sea at a distance of 16 to 18 km from a deep-sea bay that can accept marine ships with a draught of 6 to 8 ktonnes.
«This work is carried out under the project for the industrial development of the Pavlovskoye lead-and-zinc deposit to assess its mineral resources and ore reserves in line with the international JORC code. This will increase the project economic attractiveness, raise additional investment, and ensure entering into agreements with key partners, including long-term contracts for the supply of products from the Pavlovskoye deposit. The engineering survey is conducted to find optimal technical solutions as part of preparing the Pre-Feasibility Study, which will reduce the capital costs of the Arctic project implementation,» told Igor Semenov, Executive Director of The First Ore Mining Company, JSC.
The works are carried out by RUSBURMASH, JSC (a specialized company of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. for geologic exploration and drilling operations) on request of The First Ore Mining Company, JSC. Drilling of geological exploration wells, geoenvironmental research, engineering surveys, topographic surveys, and hydrography are carried out significantly ahead of the plan.
At the first stage of the field season, over 1,500 linear meters of wells were drilled, a topographic survey of a 24 sq. km area was completed, sub-bottom profiling, surveys to determine the rock strength, and other work were performed.
Upon the work completion, wells, drilling sites and access roads will be reclaimed.
2020 field season is the final stage of the deposit exploration. In 2013–2015, unique exploration works were carried out in the Russia’s northernmost lead-and-zinc deposit. The results of these activities allowed to assess the lead-and-zinc ore reserves, obtain information on their technological properties, on the hydrogeological and mining conditions of the deposit development. Based on the exploration results, the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use (Rosnedra) approved the permanent exploration conditions and reserves of silver-containing lead-and-zinc ores of industrial grades for their open-cut mining. This data was the basis for designing the largest mining enterprise in the Arctic region.
The engineering surveys and geologic exploration at the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago should be completed before October 1st.