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First Facility of PIMCU, PJSC New Uranium Mine No. 6 - Equipment Supplied
It should be recalled that it is planned to begin in February construction of the Main Step-Down Substation for permanent supply of electric power to the construction site and then to Mine No. 6 itself. The contractors selected following the results of the competitive procedures will come at the site after it gets warmer.
The equipment for the Main Step-Down Substation has already begun to arrive to the warehouses of the Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union (PIMCU, PJSC). These are open distribution devices, externally mounted switchgear package, dry-type current-limiting reactor, etc.
Implementation of Investment Project “Argunskoye and Zherlovoe Deposits Development (Construction of Mine No. 6)” will provide the opportunity to ensure sustained supplies of strategic raw materials for the nuclear industry, development of the second-largest city of Trans-Baikal – Krasnokamenka as well as preserve the working places at the largest uranium-mining enterprise of the country. The mineable reserves of Argunskoye and Zherlovoe deposits of Streltsovskoe ore field amount to approximately 40 thousand tons of uranium (35% of the total reserves of PIMCU, PJSC). The average grade of the strategic metal therein is higher than in the operating mines and this allows guaranteeing a competitive prime cost of production.
The first RUB 389 million for the construction of the first required facility of the infrastructure of Mine No. 6 – the Main Step-Down Substation – were allocated by Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation at the end of 2017. Russian companies Atomspetsstroy, Chelyabinsk Electric Equipment Plant, Electrical Machine Building Plant – Ural, etc., became the winners of the competitive procedures.
Nikolay Belykh, Head of the Internal Control Service of PIMCU, PJSC, said that they carry out continuous monitoring of fulfilment of all contracts, quality of the works performed, timeliness and completeness of supplies, quality of materials and equipment.
Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation has approved implementation of the competitive procedures for selection of contractors for the further construction of the infrastructure facilities for the amount of RUB 2.5 billion as well as for the purchase of process equipment (winding machines, main ventilation system) for the amount of RUB 2.17 billion. At the present time the work on arrangement of the carrying out of the competitive procedures is in progress.
The first stage of the Mine shall be put into operation in 2023 which allows the largest uranium-mining enterprise of the country to keep up the supplies of the strategic metal for the Russian nuclear industry.