RCC and the Khabarovsk Territory signed an agreement at the Russian Investment Forum.
RCC and the Government of the Khabarovsk Territory signed an agreement on cooperation in developing the region's mining industry.
Vsevolod Levin, President of Russian Copper Company (JSC RCC), and Sergey Furgal, Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, signed an agreement on cooperation in developing the region's mining industry. The signing ceremony took place on February 14, 2019 at the Russian Investment Forum Sochi 2019.
The parties agreed to develop cooperation in exploring new deposits in the Khabarovsk Territory, as well as implementing investment projects in the field of mining and mineral processing using the best available technologies and the most environmentally friendly solutions.
The Government of the Territory also expressed its intention to support RCC in implementing the project for the development of the Malmyzh gold-copper deposit that is located in the Nanai district of the Khabarovsk Territory. Last year, RCC acquired Amur Minerals LLC, which holds a license to develop the Malmyzh deposit. The development of the Malmyzh deposit will become one of the most ambitious and high-tech projects in the global mining industry. Its implementation is of high importance for solving the state priority task for the development of the Russian Far East.
The Malmyzh gold-copper deposit was discovered in 2006. Its commercial reserves are estimated at 5.156 million tons of copper and 278 tons of gold. The average copper content in the ore is 0.41 % and the gold content is 0.22 g/t.
RCC Group plans to build a modern mining and processing plant at the deposit, which will process up to 35 million tons of ore per year. The investments in the project will amount to about RUB 115 Bln. Currently, exploration activities are underway. The construction of the mining and processing plant will begin in 2021 upon completion of the design activities and passing of all the necessary project approval procedures.
The Company plans to create 1,400 high-tech jobs. Since one of the priorities of the RCC personnel policy is the development of the labor market in the territories of its presence, preference in employment will be given to local specialists, including residents of the Nanai and Amur regions of the Khabarovsk Territory. The total amount of contributions to budgets of various levels and extra-budgetary funds during the operation of the enterprise will exceed RUB 100 Bln.
A comment by Sergey Furgal, Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory: “The Malmyzh deposit is currently one of the largest copper deposits in Russia. This project may become one of the largest in the global mining industry. But it’s also important for us that when such an investor comes to us, it is ready not only to take, but also to help develop the territory on which it operates. The Government of the Khabarovsk Territory is open for such projects”.
A comment by RCC President Vsevolod Levin: “Today, the assets of Russian Copper Company are concentrated mainly in the Urals and Kazakhstan. The development of the Malmyzh deposit will be our first project in the Far East. The rich natural resources and favorable geographical position, together with the support from the Russian government and the government of the Khabarovsk Territory, make this project extremely attractive and promising for us. Over 15 years of work, we have accumulated experience unique in our country in building modern, efficient, and environmentally friendly mining enterprises. We are ready to bring to the Far East our advanced technologies and expertise in the field of mining and mineral processing. In addition, RCC always strives to be a reliable social partner for the territories of its presence, creating favorable conditions for the social and economic development of local communities”.