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Gold producer Nordgold has successfully increased the processing capacity of its Taborny mine in the South West of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic in Russia.

The company has increased the processing capacity from 1,000,000 to 7,500,000 tonnes per year (tpa) of ore.

Nordgold installed a two-line Metso crusher as well as a telescopic conveyor as part of its capacity expansion initiative at the mine.

A pumping station was also built at the heap leaching site of the mine. This station consists of four Sulzer pumps, each having a capacity of 400 cubic metres per hour (m3/h).

Acquired by Nordgold in 2007, the Taborny gold mine is about 200km from the town of Chara and 125km northeast of the Ikabya station of the Baikal-Amur railway.

Nordgold CEO Nikolai Zelenski said: “I would like to congratulate the Taborny team on their success. Completing a project of this scale on time despite the challenges presented by the pandemic is a testament to their skill and hard work.

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“Increasing Taborny’s production capacity and investing in further technology is vital to maintain a stable production output.

“The leadership and expertise of our regional team has given us further confidence that Nordgold’s next projects in Yakutia will be successfully implemented, including the flagship Gross Mine capacity expansion, and the upcoming Tokko development project.”

To make sure that the processing capacity can meet the ‘corresponding increase in mining activity’, Taborny has bought two additional hauling trucks, a grader, an excavator, as well as two Epiroc drilling rigs this year.

Taborny also purchased several auxiliary vehicles, including buses, fuel trucks, mobile repair units, a crane truck and a front loader to meet the respective processing capacity.

Last year, Taborny produced over 76,000 ounces of gold.

In October, Nordgold announced an increase in the price of its on-market takeover offer for Australian mining company Cardinal Resources to A$1 per share.