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Director General of ARMZ and Arkhangelsk Region Governor Igor Orlov — Working Meeting in Moscow
On January 15, 2019, a working meeting was held in Moscow between the Director General of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. (part of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation) Vladimir Verkhovtsev and the Governor of the Arkhangelsk Region Igor Orlov. During the meeting, the parties discussed the implementation of the Pavlovskoye project for the development of the lead-zinc deposit on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.
Vladimir Verkhovtsev noted that the project implementation is proceeding according to the schedule, engineering surveys, public hearings with local communities and stakeholders have been carried out, the designing of the mining and processing works and the port complex is currently being completed. The next stage, in 2019, will be the approval by Glavgosexpertiza and environmental impact assessment.
Igor Orlov emphasized the importance of the project for the development of the Arctic region, and noted that the project has a high support line at various levels: in 2017, it was included in the list of priority investment projects of the Arkhangelsk region, and also included in the government program for the social and economic development of the Arctic zone, where it was noted the need for government support in the creation of port infrastructure.
The parties also discussed participation in the «Arctic: Territory of Dialogue» forum, where it is planned to sign a cooperation agreement.
For reference: Pavlovskoye project, the largest one in the diversification portfolio of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co., is designed for mining and processing of lead-zinc ores on the basis of the same-name deposit. Along with the economic purposes of mining and processing of lead-zinc ores, the project contributes to solving a number of important geopolitical tasks of the Russian Federation, such as: expansion of the Russian Federation presence in the Arctic, development of the northern territories, and development of the Northern Sea Route.