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APATITY, April 6 (Itar-Tass) —— President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in Apatity, Murmansk region. He will visit the Vostochny (Eastern) Mine of the world’s largest apatite concentrate miner Apatit and meet with Acting Murmansk Governor Marina Kotvun he has appointed to the position after the resignation of Governor Dmitry Dmitriyenko.
Vostochny is the youngest mine of Apatit. It is situated in the southeast of the Khibinsky Mountain Ridge and has two quarries – Koashvinsky put into service in 1981 and Nyorkpakhksky opened in 1983.
Apatit produces over 70% of all apatite concentrate in Russia. It is also Russia’s only producer of nepheline concentrate. The apatite and nepheline ore reserves were estimated at 2.08 billion tonnes as of January 1, 2011.