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ARMZ Director General Vladimir Verkhovtsev — Meeting at Khiagda during Visit to the Republic of Buryatia
The meeting discussed a further growth of uranium mining in the Bauntovsky-Evenki District of Buryatia and, in particular, the development of the Kolichikan deposit. «We plan to pave roads, install main pipelines and build overhead power lines by 2025. All the works will commence when and if we have a favorable opinion from Glavgosexpertiza,» said Anatoly Mikhailov, Director General of Khiagda, JSC. He also noted that the local residents unanimously approved the planned construction and operation of the ISL site during the public consultations they held in May of the current year. Presently, Khiagda, JSC is engaged in developing two deposits at the Khiagda ore field, i.e., the Khiagda and Istochnoye deposits. Vladimir Verkhovtsev commended the work performed by Khiagda, JSC and Rusburmash, JSC, given that the operations to develop the next bed of the Khiagda field started fifty days ahead of the deadline this year. «The main thing for us today is to stand our ground and to fulfill the production program up to the mark,» said Director General of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.
The meeting also addressed further steps to drive digitalization of the uranium mining operations. The company has deployed the Smart Helmets personnel positioning system to remotely monitor OHS compliance and track the employees’ movement and state during the operations, while at the Istochnoye deposit they launched the Smart Site, which is an innovative intellectual ISL management technology. Its software systems enable the enterprise to adequately assess the mining and geological situation at the development sites, create development models, accurately evaluate the performance and make prompt decisions in deposit analysis and forecasts or geological modeling and planning. «The introduction of digital technologies contributes towards better management of our workflows. In the near future, we intend to enhance the Smart Helmets project in terms of indoor positioning and data interaction through augmented reality, launch mobile Internet connections and implement video analytics,» said Anatoly Mikhailov.
In the amenity building, Vladimir Verkhovtsev checked over the new sanitary inspection and laundry equipment, including the washing and press ironing machines. «Above all else, we need to provide a safe and positive working environment for our workers,» the head of the Mining Division emphasized.