Russian firm UC Rusal has started a project for the extraction of low iron bauxite in the Republic of Komi through its subsidiary Timan Bauxite.

UC RUSAL is expecting to extract bauxite by open-cut mining at the Middle Timan bauxite deposit.

Timan Bauxite will soon start preparatory works at the new mine in order to produce the first 90,000t of bauxite by 2012.

The firm is also planning to acquire crushing and sorting equipment to start the production of basalt rubble at the deposit.

UC RUSAL alumina division east head Valery Matvienko said the firm has never mined low iron bauxite before, but this product has high demand according to market research.