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Nine new diamond deposits to go operational by 2025 in Yakutia

January 20, 15:15 UTC+3 YAKUTSK
Currently, the companies, which own those license areas, continue exploration of those placer and bedrock diamond deposits
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YAKUTSK, January 23. /TASS/. Nine new deposits, located in Yakutia’s two Arctic regions, will be put operational by 2025 by Alrosa’s subsidiaries, the republic’s first deputy minister of industry and geology, Vasily Zakharov, told TASS.

"Within 2016-2025, two companies - Nizhne-Lenskoye and Almazy Anabara [Alrosa’s subsidiaries] will begin developing nine deposits in the two Arctic regions - Anabarsky and Bulunsky," he said.

By 2025, the companies will fulfil works worth 2.8 billion rubles ($47 million) in investments in construction of industrial facilities. Investments for modernized and new equipment are planned at 19.3 billion rubles ($324 million), for geological exploration - 7.5 billion rubles ($125 million).

Currently, the companies, which own those license areas, continue exploration of those placer and bedrock diamond deposits.

The Alrosa Company for increase of the diamond production is involved now in construction of the third complex at the Udachny mine, with the annual capacity of 4,000 tons. The new complex will be put operational in 2019. By that year also, the company plans to finish construction of the open-pit mine of the Zarya kimberlite pipe, with capacity of one million tons of ore a year. By 2022, the company will finalize construction of a pit at the Verhne-Munskoye deposit - with the annual capacity of 3 million tons of ore a year.

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