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Managers from JSC Atomredmetzoloto visit JSC Khiagda as part of working trip
“Construction of facilities within JSC Khiagda’s main industrial site is one of the most important projects being implemented by ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.,” highlighted Vladimir Verkhovtsev, head of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation’s mining arm, during a working trip to the uranium mining enterprise located in the Republic of Buryatia.
So far, investment in facility construction and equipment purchase amounted to approximately 10 billion roubles. According to Alexei Dementiev, JSC Khiagda Director General, 1.6 billion roubles more is required to fully complete the works. Availability level of the main production building is 97%; that of the sulfuric acid workshop is 84% and that of the water supply, sanitation and energy supply networks is 94% to 95%. Works at the end-product and sorbent warehouses have been completed in full; a fire station has been build and outfitted; a storage facility for sulfuric acid will be commissioned in May. “We must make every effort to commission these facilities as soon as possible and complete the start-up and adjustment activities by end of the current year. After that, we will be able not only to continue developing the Khiagdinskoe Deposit, but also to commence operations at the Istochnoye Field and thus to increase the annual uranium production volume up to 1,000 tons,” these tasks were outlined by Vladimir Verkhovtsev at the meeting with the management team of JSC Khiagda.
The ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. Director General inspected the existing production site, constructed and under-construction buildings and the workers’ camp. He paid special attention to dialogue with rotation workers. The ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. Director General asked the employees about their satisfaction with the living conditions at the camp and the remuneration. There were no complaints. Creating comfortable working and living conditions for personnel is virtually the main line of the HR policy pursued by JSC Khiagda. As a rule, a rotation shift lasts 15 days. New transportation assets were purchased to deliver employees from Chita, Romanovka Village and Bagdarin Village. The living quarters have a canteen, serving food to the personnel free of charge, a gym and a first aid room (all employees are provided with voluntary health insurance policies). On days-off, concerts and corporate events are held at the workers’ camp. The latest event of this kind was an ice fishing competition.
Putting the facilities into commercial operation means creating new jobs. First of all, these jobs will be offered to trained personnel from JSC Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union, also operated by ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.