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Development prospects of Krasnokamensk mono-city and JSC PIMCU, Russia’s largest uranium mining company, discussed at press conference held in assembly hall of Trans-Baikal Territory Government
Alexey Shemetov, First Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Trans-Baikal Territory, talked about implementation of the Agreement between the regional government and State Corporation Rosatom in 2014, as well as about execution of the regional long-term targeted Programme for the Development of Public Infrastructure in Urban Settlement of the City of Krasnokamensk and Krasnokamensk District for 2013–2017. He emphasized that State Corporation Rosatom fully complied with its commitments – the local budget received 565 mln roubles from a consolidated group of taxpayers in 2013.
“The major part of these funds will pass to the 2014 budget. Thus, total sum to be invested in socio-economic development of the City of Krasnokamensk and Krasnokamensk District in 2014 will amount to approximately 750 mln roubles. This includes funds which have not been spent in 2013, budget revenues expected in 2014 and 190 mln from the federal budget allotted under the mono-city development programme, Alexey Shemetov explained.
In particular, 87 mln roubles will be allocated for water supply, water discharge and power grid development in Krasnokamensk. It is also planned to fully reconstruct the Krasnokamensk-Matsievskaya motorway and the city airport. According to Alexey Shemetov, by end of the first quarter of 2014, number of flights to Krasnokamensk is to be increased. The Government of the Trans-Baikal Territory decided to purchase a new aircraft ATR L-410 jointly with ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.
“I think that by end of the quarter, the regional company will start performing flights on the route Chita-Krasnokamensk. Besides, we plan to use this aircraft for transregional flights. Therefore, with the implementation of this programme in the Trans-Baikal Territory, the local aviation company will be revived,” noted the Vice-Governor.
Moreover, in the course of the programme fulfilment, Krasnokamensk will benefit from building of a new sports and wellness centre and a kindergarten, reconstruction of a stadium and commencement of social housing construction.
Social infrastructure development in Krasnokamensk and the adjacent district will be carried out simultaneously with development of the city-forming company, JSC Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union. At the press conference, Sergey Shurygin, JSC PIMCU Director General, told the audience about implementation of technical upgrade and production diversification programmes.
In 2013, technical retooling was carried out in all subdivisions of JSC PIMCU. The aggregate investment totaled to 2.7 bln roubles. The largest projects involved outfitting Mine No. 8, Urtuiskoye Open-Pit Coal Mine, Leach Plant, Shaft-Sinking Department, and railway shop floor. Implementation of the programme will continue in 2014. “Technical retooling, first of all, will help us to extend lifecycle of the uranium mine by many years. However, we do not want to depend on global uranium prices; we will exploit other areas of activity,” said Sergey Shurygin. For example, possibilities of building a cement factory and a rare-earth metal processing plant are being explored. Preparations for creating a local mining and metallurgical cluster are being actively conducted; construction sites for some facilities have already been selected.
“We also intend to expand production of explosive agents. We elaborated in-house formulas of explosive agents, which will ensure safe conduct of blasting operations at our facilities. Definitely, we will market them since there is a demand for such products,” commented Sergey Shurygin on another project.
Two projects jointly undertaken by JSC PIMCU and uranium mining Buryatia-based company JSC Khiagda, operated by JSC Atomredmetzoloto, were launched. JSC PIMCU will increase volume of sulfuric acid output in order to supply it to JSC Khiagda. Furthermore, in 2014, JSC PIMCU will begin processing yellow cake – an end product of JSC Khiagda – with subsequent obtainment of uranium, according to Alexey Dementiev, JSC Khiagda Director General, who was present at the press conference.
All new projects evidently require energy and heat supply. For the purposes of enabling their planned development in 2014 and due to increased consumption by the mining sector and the grid system of the Trans-Baikal Territory, JSC PIMCU will enhance power generation from 1683 to 1798 mln kW•h. Heat generation will also be raised by 8.15%. In order to provide own thermal power station with fuel, coal recovery at Urtuiskiy open pit will be increased from current 3.6 to 4.24 mln tons in 2014.
“Diversification is not just our programme. This is a development plan for the entire Trans-Baikal Territory. Our region will be able to become sustainable in terms of creating own industrial production and promoting associated types of businesses,” pointed out Sergey Shurygin. Alexey Shemetov confirmed: “Krasnokamensk District has a unique infrastructure: low-cost heat and electricity, utilities and logistics. The region is ready to grant any preferences, including fiscal relief, to investors.”