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ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. took part in the MINEX-2018 forum
ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. (Atomredmetzoloto, JSC, part of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation) took part in the XIV Mining and Geological Forum MINEX 2018, which was held in Moscow from 2 to 4 October 2018.
As part of the “Borehole in-situ and heap leaching of metals” session, the developments of leading representatives of the industry were presented, many of them are already being tested in mining companies. Director of the science and innovation block of ARMZ Igor Solodov presented a report on the topic “Geoecology of borehole in-situ leaching (BISL) of uranium”. In particular, he spoke about the use of modern geoecological methods for assessment of the impact on aquifers when mining uranium ore deposits using the BISL technology. Application of these methods at the exploration, preparation for operation and development of deposits was demonstrated on example of the Dalmatovskoye deposit (Kurgan region).
Solodov noted that for the first time in the world, as part of the “Smart Mine” project, computer modeling was used to assess the state and forecast changes in the environmental situation in the area of direct anthropogenic impact on aquifers, the modeling was developed by specialists of the holding and STI NRNU MEPhI. “These days environmental issues are global. Mining industry is a strong sector of the Russian economy, however, local communities are concerned about environmental pollution. Due to the smart technologies, we know exactly how solutions will behave in geological environment. This allows us to guarantee safe extraction and preservation of the ecosystem,” the speaker emphasized.
It was noted that eco-modeling technologies will be applied at new uranium deposits (for example, in the Kurgan region, at the Dobrovolnoye deposit). “The development of smart technologies is a trend relevant for the mining industry. ARMZ is one of the first in the world to introduce smart technologies at all stages of technological processes from uranium exploration and mining to elimination of BISL mines. Our task is to improve production, increase its competitiveness, and most importantly, make it safe for the environment,” said I. Solodov.
The Minex Forum has been held since 2005 and is one of the largest industry events dedicated to the current problems of exploration, mining and processing of solid minerals in Russia and the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union. This year, over 500 heads of industry companies from Russia, Kazakhstan, China, North America, Australia and others took part in the forum