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JSC Khiagda carrying out integrated testing of new main production facility
Vladimir Verkhovtsev, Director General of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co., called this project “one of the most serious ones among those implemented at uranium mining enterprises in Russia.”
“So far, construction, erection and finishing works have also been fully completed at the main production building, and equipment has been installed. The first stage of commissioning operations, involving individual equipment testing, has been finished. In accordance with a permit issued by the Rostekhnadzor Commission, we are proceeding with integrated tests, which will continue for three months. Thereafter, in case of receiving positive results, we will hopefully obtain an approval for commissioning the building,” explained Alexey Dementiev, JSC Khiagda Director General.
In April–May, works at the end-product, sorbent and sulfuric acid warehouses were completed in full; a fire station and a pumping plant were built and outfitted under the project.
Construction of facilities within JSC Khiagda’s main industrial site in the Republic of Buryatia has been carried out since 2010 under the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation’s Investment Programme. ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. invested more than 10 billion roubles in building facilities and purchasing equipment for JSC Khiagda’s main industrial site. The construction operations were undertaken by Russian contractors under severe climatic conditions of the Far North. In compliance with the state programme, the equipment was purchased from Russian manufacturers.
Processing of productive solutions with extraction of natural uranium will be performed at the main production building. Currently, this process is being carried out at the pilot industrial unit, which has been in operation since 1999 and has reached its maximum production capacity, thus restricting the enterprise’s further development. JSC Khiagda was unable to commence exploitation of new ore field deposits. Commissioning of the new facility will make it possible to progressively increase metal production volumes.
“In 2014, it is planned to start exploitation of the third deposit within the Khiagdinskoye Field, followed by deposits of the Istochnoye and Vershinnoye Fields. Therefore, from 2015 to 2018, we will be able to progressively increase uranium output. I hope that in 2018, we will ensure full utilization of new machines and produce 1,000 TPA of metal necessary for the country,” said Evgeniy Gontar, Director for Operations of JSC Khiagda.
Old equipment will be upgraded. With support from its Russian partner, JSC Khiagda plans to implement the production diversification programme, allowing it to recover associated rare-earth metals (REM). A similar project is now being successfully fulfilled at JSC Dalur, which is also operated by ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. Laboratory studies showed that at the Khiagdinskoye Ore Field, it is possible to recover associated rare-earth elements in the amount of 1 ton of rare-earth metals per 1 ton of uranium.
Next summer, a sulfuric acid workshop is expected to be commissioned at JSC Khiagda’s main industrial site. Today, its availability level is about 84%.