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Mining Division Took Stock of 2021
ARMZ enterprises have fulfilled the government uranium mining contract, with E.P. Slavsky Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union, PJSC (PIMCU, PJSC, Trans-Baikal Territory) being a flagman company.
Despite decreasing metal content in ore, the miners topped the targets by 5% to provide approx. 50% of the strategic metal required to the nuclear industry. «The early delivery on the plan is the result of the orchestrated teamwork and high sense of responsibility. First and foremost, we compliment those who descend into the mine day after day: stope miners, shaft sinkers, shaft timbermen, shot-firers, electric locomotive operators and many others,» said Ivan Kiselev, Director General of PIMCU, PJSC. Eight stopes were put into operation at mines No. 1 and 8 of PIMCU, PJSC in 2021. PIMCU continues secondary development to improve future resource portfolio. In Krasnokamensk, they go ahead with the construction of new Mine No. 6 on schedule to develop the Argunskoye and Zherlovoye deposits at the Streltsovsky ore field.
The second company in terms of uranium extraction is Khiagda, JSC, Republic of Buryatia, and about 20% of Russian uranium is supplied by Dalur, JSC, Kurgan region. The enterprises continue developing mineral resources; in particular, they commenced operation of the Kolichikan deposit in the Republic of Buryatia and construction of a pilot site at the Dobrovolnoye deposit in the Trans-Urals. Moreover, they introduced digital uranium ISL management to increase cost-efficiency of production. Digital tools of the Smart Polygon allow Dalur, JSC and Khiagda, JSC to fairly assess the mining and geological situation in the developed areas, model available operating options, accurately analyze the performed work and make prompt decisions in analyzing and forecasting development operations, geological modeling and planning. To implement ‘green’ technologies, PIMCU, PJSC shifted 25% of its underground LHD fleet to battery-powered machines. The Li-ion powered LHDs are produced by ARMZ Mining Machinery, LLC (managed by ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.), with each machine reducing CO2 emissions by 160 kg, which is critical for operations inside a mine. RUSBURMASH, JSC (a specialized geological exploration and drilling company of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.) is implementing a program for switching their drilling rigs to the power supply system.
ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. is responsible for Rare and Rare Earth Metals as part of the roadmap for developing the high-tech area of Technology of New Materials and Substances in the Russian Federation to meet the country’s strategic needs, in particular, for defense and aerospace developments. Using its core competences, Rosatom’s Mining Division implements a number of projects in ten Russian regions, including the Arctic.
For several years Dalur, JSC (managed by ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.) has been successfully producing Sc at the deposits in the Kurgan region. At the end of 2021, United Uranium Enterprises, LLC (managed by ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.) bought a stake in Tugansk Ore Mining and Processing Enterprise «Ilmenite», Joint Stock Company (TOMPE «Ilmenite», JSC) based in the Tomsk region. Products of TOMPE «Ilmenite», JSC will be sent to meet the needs of Russia’s most important high-tech enterprises, such as CMP, JSC (managed by TVEL, JSC/Fuel Division of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation) that manufactures zirconium shells for nuclear rods and VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, a producer of titanium metal and alloys. In addition, rare metal concentrates will be bought by Russian industrial enterprises to produce titanium dioxide, ferroalloys, welding electrodes, refractories, Zr metal, and ceramics.
In 2021, the enterprises of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. began preparing for the development of gold deposits in the Russia’s northern regions. 2022 will be decisive for launching the Li project and they are currently exploring the mineral resources with the view to selecting a pilot field. The First Ore Mining Company, JSC (TFOMC, JSC managed by ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.) published a mineral resource estimate for the Pavlovskoye deposit in accordance with the JORC Code. «The test drilling program has shown a good progress toward improving our confidence level in geological understanding of the deposit and mineral resources, which served as the basis for the maiden ore reserves estimate and related reporting. The assessment of proven and probable ore reserves at the Pavlovskoye deposit for open pit mining of 19 million tons is based on the Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources, with due regard to all mining issues. The economic analysis proves that, based on the forecast parameters used to estimate the Pavlovskoye project, it is economically viable in terms of future revenues and related costs,» says Igor Semenov, Executive Director, FOMC, JSC.
RUSBURMASH, JSC and JVNIPIpromtechnologii, JSC (the latter being the Engineering Center of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.) significantly increased the amount of their external contracts. The Engineering Center’s pivotal development of 2021 is a new patented method for extracting non-ferrous, rare and precious metals.
«Our expertise, vast background and in-house R&D make it possible to continue our valuable effort to ensure commodity and technology independence of Russia,» said Alexey Shemetov, First Deputy Director General, ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.