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Dalur Wins Bid to Develop Dobrovolnoye Deposit
According to Order No. 1131-p of the Government of the Russian Federation dated June 3, 2017, the permit to operate the federal natural uranium deposit field of Dobrovolnoye in Kurgan Region was issued to JSC Dalur, part of ARMZ Uranium Holding / Mining Division of Rosatom State Corporation).
JSC Dalur has been in Kurgan Region since 2001. It operates to fields in the region: Dalmatovskoye field in the district of the same name and the Khokhlovskoye field in Shumikhinsky District. A total of 591 tons of uranium were prospected in 2016, which corresponds to the indicator of 2015. Dobrovolnoye field has been estimated to contain 7067 tons of uranium. Commissioning the field gradually will allow the enterprise to increase the volume of uranium recovery from the current 590 tons of metal a year to 700 tons by 2025.
JSC Dalur has been using the in-situ recovery (ISR) technology in production. This method was recognized by MAGATE (International Atomic Energy Agency) to be the safest and environmentally friendliest method of uranium recovery. This technology is being used by uranium recovery enterprises in Kazakhstan, and JSC Khiagda, an enterprise of ARMZ Uranium Holding at Vitimskoe Uranium Field in the Republic of Buryatia.
Development of the third uranium deposit field in Kurgan Region, first and foremost has to do with the necessity of fulfilling the state order: the need to provide the necessary amount of uranium for the atomic industry and the nuclear energy sector of Russia. Additionally, timely development of Dobrovolnoye will allow keeping all jobs on the enterprise in place after the currently operational Dalmatovskoye and Khokhlovskoye deposits are exhausted. JSC Dalur will remains one of budget-forming enterprises of the region. Payments into the budget and non-budgetary funds during the service life of the deposit will amount to more than RUB 25 billion.
JSC Dalur has fully complied with the requirements of the current legislation of the Russian Federation in preparing the field, building and operating all the facilities. After receiving the license we will commence work on preparing project documentation, including environmental engineering survey and environmental impact assessment (IMA), in preparation for development of the field, construction and operation of all facilities. The work on this comprehensive project, including the IMA, is expected to be completed by JSC Dalur before the end of 2017. After that, in accordance with legal requirements, a public hearing and discussion forum will be held with residents of Zverinogolovsky District. The discussed issues will include the topic of IMA as well. If a positive decision is reached at the public hearing, the project will move on to FSE Glavgosexpertiza (GGE) for state assessment (including the state environmental assessment). According to our plans, this will happen in the early 2018. Only if this entire sequence is followed and a positive GGE conclusion is received, we will be able to start geological exploration, and then experimental production,” says Alexander Burutin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC Dalur.
Residents of Zverinogolovsky District have been supportive of JSC Dalur’s activities. Back in the late January members of the initiative group wrote to head of Rosatom National Corporation Alexey Likhachev, asking him to “expedite the project of developing Dobrovolnoye uranium deposit, as this will help develop the village and create new jobs.” Extensive public awareness projects have been implemented to dissuade fears of local residents regarding the new exploration project. Anyone could sign up to visit the currently operating sites of the enterprise in the village of Uksyanskoye and the town of Shumikha. The Information Center of JSC Dalur will open in the village of Zverinogolovskoye in a few weeks.