The official ceremony devoted to the start of the development of Tominsky porphyry copper deposit took place on 11th of July during the International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM-2017.
The event was led by Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Russian Copper Company Igor Altushkin. The ceremony was held at the booth “Copper house RCC” during the International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM-2017. It was attended by acting Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Yevgeny Kuyvashev and Member of the Board of Directors of Russian Copper Company Timerbulat Karimov.
Tominsky porphyry copper deposit in Sosnovsky district of Chelyabinsk Region was discovered in 1957. It lists among 50 largest deposits in the world, its estimated reserves totaling 660 million tons of ore.
Russian Copper Company is going to build the Tominsky Ore Mining and Processing Plant at the deposit expected to become one of the most large scale, advanced and hi-tech projects in the Russian nonferrous-metals industry over recent years. Investments in the project will exceed 65 billion rubles.
The project will comprise the Tominsky and Kalinovsky open pits and the concentrating plant. The estimated capacity of Tominsky Ore Mining and Processing Plant will total 28 million tons of porphyry copper ore per year, which will enable to produce over 500,000 tons of copper concentrate.
Russian Copper Company plans to implement the 'Smart Copper' standard at the Plant to be constructed – it involves most efficient, high-tech and responsible copper production.
Technology innovations that will be implemented at Tominsky Ore Mining and Processing Plant will make it possible to concentrate ore with an extremely low copper content – below 0.4%.
The standard also implies ultimate environmental friendliness. In particular, aspiration equipment will be installed at all main plant sections in order to reduce dust generation and to return the dust into the production process, while the recycling water supply system will allow multiple use of process water after a treatment cycle. Thus, production waste water will not get into natural water bodies.
“Development of Tominskyporphyry copper deposit has been launched today, and we are going to start building Tominsky Ore Mining and Processing Plant in the nearest time. This large-scale project is essential not only for us – it is strategically important for the development of the entire nonferrous metals industry of the country. The launch of the production will promote the development of the Russian mineral resource base and will strengthen Russia's positions in the global market. In the course of the project elaboration, we studied best world production practices and we firmly believe that Tominsky Ore Mining and Processing Plant will become the 'smartest', i.e. the safest, most advanced and environmentally responsible enterprise in the Russian copper industry,” said Chairman of the Board of Directors of Russian Copper Company Igor Altushkin.
Tominsky Ore Mining and Processing Plant is part of the Development Strategy of Russia's Nonferrous-Metals Industry for 2014–2020 and for longer term until 2030 approved by Order of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation No. 839 dated May 5, 2014.
The project will boost the development of Chelyabinsk Region's potential, create new jobs and promote better life quality in the region owing to tax payments to the budget.
The total amount of tax payments over the period of operation of Tominsky Ore Mining and Processing Plant will approximate 120 billion rubles.
Tominsky Ore Mining and Processing Plant will create 1,200 new jobs. Residents of the Sosnovsky and Korkinsky districts and Chelyabinsk will be given preference in employment. In addition, 3,000 jobs can be created at contractor organizations of the future plant.
The Korkinsky open-pit coal mine is located 14 kilometers away from the plant to be built. Being 500 meters deep and 3 kilometers in diameter, the mine is the largest one in Europe. Endogenous fires and landslides in the Korkinsky open-pit mine are hazardous for the local population and damage the environment.
Within the project of Russian Copper Company, the backfilling material to be produced of concentration tailings at the plant will be transported through a pipeline to the Korkinsky open-pit mine to fill in the mine space and thus liquidate the dangerous facility. As a result, that will help extinguish endogenous fires and secure stability of the open-pit mine edges.
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