JSC Khiagda (Republic of Buryatia)
JSC Khiagda is one of the most promising assets of the ARMZ Uranium Holding Company. It is located in the Bauntovsky District of the Republic of Buryatia, in the center of the Vitim uranium ore district, whose total potential is estimated at more than 350 thousand tons of uranium. Currently, the company operates the fields of the Khiagdinsky ore field. Preparations for the development of the deposits of the Istochnoe and Vershinoye fields have been started.
Pilot uranium mining using ISL method began at the Khiagdinsky ore field in 1999. Pregnant solutions are processed into a finished product, natural uranium concentrate (“yellow cake”). JSC Khiagda became a part of the ARMZ Uranium Holding in 2008 as part of the restructuring of the nuclear industry. The parent company owns 100% of the shares of the enterprises.
At present, the company has all the prerequisites for a long- term sustainable development. In addition to an impressive mineral resources base, the enterprise has a powerful production potential. The main building, sulfuric acid plant has been completed and put into commercial operation, which in the near future will allow the company to ramp up the level of uranium production and reach full design capacity of 1800 tpa of uranium.
New production site and related infrastructure facilities were put into operation at Khiagda, JSC in the Republic of Buryatia. Those facilities are needed so the company can reach its design capacity of 1,000 tons of uranium per year in 2019. In the context of that strategy, a physical start-up of a mining plant and related infrastructure took place at the Istochnoye deposit. As a result of cost-cutting measures implemented at Khiagda, JSC, for the first time in its history the company started operating at a profit.
Khiagda, JSC is increasing its production capacity steadily, having started exploitation of Vershinnoye uranium deposit in 2017. As a dynamic and the most promising company in the holding, in 2018 Khiagda, JSC will become a pilot site for the “Smart Mine” innovation project, which is going to change the outlook of the domestic uranium industry in the nearest future, ensuring that it switches to smart management of certain processes and the entire deposit lifecycles, all on the basis of digital technologies.
Republic of Buryatia, Bauntovsky Evenk district, Bagdarin village, Russian Federation, 671510