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JSC Khiagda has commenced development of Istochnoye uranium deposit on Khiagdinskoye ore field, Bauntovsky Evenki region of the Republic of Buryatia
So far the Company has been developing only Khiagdinskoye deposit at Khiagdinskoye ore field, with reserves of 10,849 tons of uranium. The launch of on-site sulfuric acid plant has allowed to commence development of other deposits. "In-situ leaching technology involves consumption of large amounts of sulfuric acid. Producing our own reagent directly at the production site, we can not just increase metal output, but also significantly reduce costs by saving on logistics, "- explains Khiagda General Director Alexei Dementiev.
Drilling operations on Istochnoye field are carried out by Rusburmash, which is also a part of the control loop of ARMZ Uranium Holding. As of today, three production blocks have been penetrated; the work is underway on another five blocks of Deposit No.1. Until the end of 2015, it is planned to drill 152 production wells, each about 200 m deep. "Given that in the last two years, among other work, we carried out drilling on Yuzhny Island of Novaya Zemlya archipelago, we are not afraid of permafrost in Buryatia. We got used to working in severe environment, and I am pretty sure that we will handle the entire work scope in time, "- said Director General of Rusburmash Igor Saveliev.
Reserves of Istochnoye deposit amount to 2055 tons of uranium. The first metal is expected to be produced in late 2016
"At the same time, we are preparing for the development of Vershinnoye deposit with confirmed resources of 4577 tons of uranium. This is a very attractive deposit with good quality of reserves,"- said chief geologist of Khiagda Andrey Gladyshev. Production at Vershinnoye will start in 2017
Khiagdinskoye ore field includes Khiagdinskoye, Istochnoye, Vershinnoye, Tetrakhskoye, Dybrynskoe, Namaruskoe, Koretkondinskoye and Kolichikanskoe deposits. The main production facilities of Khiagda are located in the heart of Vitimsky uranium ore district, whose resources are currently estimated at 350 thousand tons, including 250 thousand tons suitable for in-situ leaching.