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Khiagda Began Uranium Production at the Last Field of the Khiagda Deposit in Buryatia
Khiagda, JSC has completely uncovered the ore body of the Khiagda deposit in the Bauntovsky-Evenki District of the Republic of Buryatia.
Drilling operations were performed by RUSBURMASH, JSC (specialized company of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. for geological exploration and drilling). At the last deposit, where uranium has not yet been produced, 114 production wells have been built. Currently, the construction of road facilities, the installation of pipelines, and the installation of a power transmission line are being completed. Also, a product solution collector will be built on the deposit. The ore body acidification will begin in March.
«We use technologies that are safest for the environment. We plan to obtain the first metal from this deposit in the summer of 2021,» said Evgeny Gurulev, Deputy Chief Engineer — Chief Geologist of Khiagda, JSC.
The group of deposits that make up the Khiagda ore field was discovered by the Sosnovskaya expedition of the First Main Geological Prospecting Directorate in 1980-1987. Pilot work at the Khiagda deposit began immediately after the establishment of Khiagda, JSC in 1997. In accordance with the approved project data sheet, the Khiagda deposit development will be completed in 2035.
«During the Khiagda deposit development, the implementation of divisional RPS projects allowed us to achieve maximum efficiency in the extraction of strategic metal. Also, together with RUSBURMASH, JSC, we reduced the costs for the construction of the production complex due to the efficient organization of drilling and construction operations. All the technologies are environmentally friendly,» noted Andrey Gladyshev, Director General of Khiagda, JSC.
Nowadays, Khiagda, JSC is the most promising uranium mining enterprise in the country. Uranium is produced by the environmentally safe method of in-situ leaching at the Khiagda and Istochnoye deposits.
Vershinnoye deposit is ready for the development. The next stage is infrastructure and preparation for the development of the Dybryn and Kolichikan deposits.