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Kurgan Region: RUSBURMASH Started Construction at Dobrovolnoye Deposit
The works are carried out by request of Dalur, JSC, which is also managed by ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. At the deposit, there will be a fully equipped pilot ISL site, a process block, office and amenity buildings, warehouses and other facilities. RUSBURMASH, JSC has begun operations for pit digging, landfilling, and access road construction. It should be noted that they obtained Favorable Opinion No. 45-1-1-3-001048-2020 from Glavgosexpertiza of Russia for the design documentation and the results of the engineering surveys related to the pilot site. The right to use the Dobrovolnoye subsoil plot of federal importance for the exploration and extraction of uranium is granted to Dalur, JSC pursuant to Order of the Russian Government No. 1131-r published on May 30, 2017. In 2018-2019, following the public hearings, local residents approved Dalur’s plans regarding the development of the Dobrovolnoye deposit, while no construction or pilot operations are to be run in the flood prone areas of the Tobol River.
Earlier, in accordance with the license issued by the Federal Agency for Mineral Resources, RUSBURMASH, JSC conducted geological exploration and hydrogeological investigations at the Dobrovolnoye Deposit to delimit the ore body, measure its uranium content and describe the ores and ore-hosting strata. It also confirmed the industrial value of the Dobrovolnoye Deposit, plus the effectiveness and environmental safety of ISL mining, whereas the hydrogeological investigations proved that the ore body was isolated from the overlying aquifers.
«The Dobrovolnoye Deposit is comparable in size with the Dalmatovskoye deposit that we have been developing since 1984. The mining operations in the Zverinogolovsky District will create more than 300 new jobs and provide strategic metal supplies for the nuclear industry for several decades. This is a ribbony deposit, with the total length of the uranium mineralization of about 18 km,» said Dinis Ezhurov, Director General of Dalur, JSC. The mining operations on the pilot site are scheduled for December 2022.