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PJSC “PIMCU” begins the construction of new uranium mine No. 6
Implementation of the investment project “Development of Argunskoe and Zherlovskoe deposits (Construction of mine No. 6) will allow us to provide the strategic material to the nuclear industry, develop second largest city in Transbaikal – Krasnokamensk, as well as continue to offer jobs at the largest uranium producing enterprise in the country. Mineable reserves of Argunskoe and Zherlovskoe deposits of Streltsovskoe ore field contain approximately 40 thousand tons of uranium (35% of PJSC “PIMCU” total reserves). Average strategic metal content in those deposits is higher than in currently active mines which will guarantee competitive production costs.
The first 389 million roubles for the construction of the first important infrastructure object for mine No. 6, the main step-down substation, have been provided by Rosatom at the end of 2017. “By this point these funds have been used to carry out all competitive procedures, to determine contractors for construction of the substation and the power lines, as well as the equipment suppliers. Of course, the power supply for the construction site and, subsequently, the mine itself on a permanent basis has to be the first task on the list. Construction is planned to being in the middle of February,” says Aleksandr Glotov, PSJC “PIMCU” Director General.
Tender procedures were won by the Russian companies – «Atomspetsstroy», Chelyabinsk Electric Equipment Factory, “Electric Machine Factory – Ural” and others.
Deputy Director Genreal of PJSC «PIMCU» Andrey Prostakishin said that Rosatom has approved the competitive procedures for selecting contractors for further infrastructure construction for total amount of 2.5 billion roubles, as well as for purchase of production equipment (lifting machines, primary ventilation unit) for the amount of 2.17 billion roubles. The competitive procedures are currently being carried out.
The first part of the mine is to be launched in 2023 which will allow the largest uranium producing company in the country to continue the supplies of the strategic metal to the Russian nuclear industry.