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Khiagda: Ready to Develop Kolichikan Deposit
VNIPIpromtechnologii, JSC (Engineering Center of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co./Mining Division of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation) obtained a positive opinion on the design documents and the results of engineering surveys for the facility «In-Situ Leaching Site at the Kolichikan Deposit» from the Federal Autonomous Institution «Main Department of State Expertise» of Russia (Glavgosekspertiza of Russia).
The opinion was obtained under the agreement with Khiagda, JSC, which is also part of the mining division and is engaged in uranium mining by in-situ leaching in the Bauntovsky-Evenki District, Republic of Buryatia.
The positive opinion gives Khiagda, JSC the opportunity to start developing another deposit of the Khiagda ore field. According to Andrey Gladyshev, Director General of the Engineering Center, «Timely implementation of this project is of national importance: this is a particularly significant task to provide the nuclear industry with natural uranium, a challenge facing the entire Mining Division. In addition, developing the Kolichikan deposit is an important part of the energy strategy approved by the Government of the Russian Federation.» Note that, in April 2021, residents of the Bauntovsky-Evenki District approved Khiagda, JSC’s plans to develop the Kolichikan deposit at public hearings.
Previously, VNIPIpromtechnologii, JSC developed documents and obtained positive opinions of the FAI «Glavgosekspertiza of Russia» for the Khiagda, Istochnoye, and Vershinnoye deposits of the Khiagda ore field. Currently, the Engineering Center is preparing design documents «Developing the Dybryn Deposit by In-Situ Leaching».