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JSC Dalur summarizes year-end results of work
JSC Dalur’s forecasted work results for 2014 and production plan for 2015 were considered at the meeting, held at the uranium-mining enterprise under the chairmanship of Viktor Svyatetsky, First Deputy Director General – Executive Director of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.
Overall, JSC Dalur is planning to produce 578 tons of uranium in 2014, which is 15.6 tons more than in 2013. “In 2015, we are planning to achieve the volume of 590 tons of uranium. Production growth is due to revealing additional reserves at the Dalmatovskoye and Khokhlovskoye deposits,” reported Nikolay Poponin, JSC Dalur Director General.
Currently, there are 1,790 operating wells at the Dalmatovskoye and Khokhlovskoye deposits. In 2015, another 185 wells will be drilled to ensure development of the deposits. Through applying new technology and decreasing energy and chemical consumption it is planned to continue reducing production costs.
Having considered the 2015 investment programme, Viktor Svyatetsky noted, “I am confident that JSC Dalur will remain one of the most efficient national uranium-mining enterprise. To this end, it is necessary to maintain rates of capital mining operations, continue developing deposits and conduct further exploration of the reserves.”
Executive Director of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. considered first results of pilot industrial operation of an end-product drying line. At the meeting, he ordered JSC VNIPIpromtechnologii, an engineering centre of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co., to continue supporting the implementation of this important project up to commencement of industrial operation.
Until recently, moisture content in end product equaled up to 30%. After implementation of advanced drying technology moisture content decreased to as low as 2% and less. Uranium content in yellow cake increased from 44% to 70%. The first trial batch of yellow cake featuring new quality performances – more than 2.5 tons – has already been forwarded to enterprises of JSC TVEL, a fuel company operated by Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation. “Indicators now correspond to ASTM basic quality specification. It should be noted that our small project is important not only for the mining arm, but for the whole Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation. Improvement of quality products enhances the efficiency of the entire nuclear fuel cycle,” highlighted Viktor Svyatetsky.
Also, First Deputy Director General of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. visited the Central reservoir within the Khokhlovskoye deposit, where modernization of a local sorption site was completed. “We are planning to maintain high rates of mining operations at the deposit and achieve the level of up to 350 tons of uranium per annum by 2019. Development of the Khokhlovskoye deposit and then the Dobrovolnoye deposit is a long-term objective of our successful work," said Nikolay Poponin.