Global aluminium producer Rusal has secured a licence to develop the Goryachegorsk nepheline mine located in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia.
The primary main raw material for the Achinsk alumina refinery is supplied by the Goryachegorsk mine, which according to the initial analysis, has enough reserves to remain operational for the next 60 years.
At the Achinsk alumina refinery, nepheline ore is refined and alumina is produced.
The refinery currently makes use of raw materials from the Kiya-Shaltyrskiy nepheline mine and Mazulskiy limestone mine that contain enough reserves for ten years.
Rusal CEO Evgenii Nikitin said: “One of the company’s top priorities is the development of the proper resource base whilst there is still a period of high pricing.
“The Goryachegorsk field reserves will ensure that the work at the Achinsk alumina refinery can continue uninterrupted for dozens of years after mining has completed at Kiya-Shaltyrskiy.”
The Goryachegorsk deposit is located in Krasnoyarsk’s Sharypovsk area. Since last year, the nepheline reserves, which are on the state’s balance, amount to about 414.4 million tonnes.
Production from the mine is scheduled for 2028-2029, prior to which a number of operations are required to be carried out.
These operations include the addition of the reserves to the balance, project design work and construction of the necessary infrastructure including reconstruction of the railway.
Additionally, the pit and enrichment facility will be constructed at the Achinsk refinery.
Upon finalising all the project documents, Rusal will make an agreement with regard to the total volume of investments and exact start time for the production works.