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Federal Agency for Subsoil Use Approved Detailed Development Plan for Dybryn Uranium Deposit
The Central Commission for the Development of Solid Mineral Deposits of the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation (CKR-TPI Rosnedr) agreed on a detailed development plan for the Dybryn uranium deposit submitted by Khiagda, JSC (subsidiary of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co./Mining Division of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation).
The Dybryn deposit is part of the Khiagda ore field, which is developed by Khiagda, JSC in the Bauntovsky-Evenki District of the Republic of Buryatia. In accordance with the approved project, production will be carried out by the method of borehole in-situ leaching (ISL).
«Since the discovery of uranium deposits in the Republic of Buryatia in the 80s of the twentieth century, there has been recorded no emergency incidents. An important component of this is the use of borehole in-situ leaching method safe both for people and the environment. Indeed, if we compare this technology with open or underground mining methods, the former has a significant number of advantages. There is no change in the subsoil geological state, since ore mass extraction is not carried out. There are no subsidence and disturbance of the ground surface, dumps of off-balance ores and waste rocks, as well as tailing dumps. The natural radioactivity of the ore body remains deep underground,» said Anatoly Mikhailov, First Deputy Director General and Chief Engineer of Khiagda, JSC.
The Company applies environmentally friendly technologies, works as efficiently and environmentally friendly as possible.
The beginning of the infrastructure construction and the field preparation for the development are planned for 2022, and the beginning of mining operations is planned for 2023.
Currently, the Company is developing two deposits of the Khiagda ore field: Khiagda and Istochnoye. The Vershinnoye deposit is scheduled for commissioning in the second half of 2020. For 2020, it is also planned to begin mining and preparatory work at the Kolichikan deposit.