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Chukchi gold

The Baim project and the TOP will bring the region to a new level

Chukotka is waiting for what results from the WEF, about the tax increase to the budget from the Beringovsky PDA and about the project for the extraction of non-ferrous metals by the company Abramovich in an interview with RIA Novosti told the governor of the Chukotka Autonomous Region Roman Kopin.

Chukchi gold

Regions of the Far East are actively preparing for the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok to present their projects on it. Chukotka is waiting for what results from the WEF, about the tax increase to the budget from the Beringovsky PDA and about the project for the extraction of non-ferrous metals by the company Abramovich in an interview with RIA Novosti told the governor of the Chukotka Autonomous Region Roman Kopin.

- To date, Chukotka is one of the main gold mining regions of Russia. Tell us about key projects and prospects for the development of this industry. Is the arrival of new subsoil users expected?

- The Chukotka Autonomous Region is a leader in the Russian Federation in terms of gold production by the end of last year. 2014 tons of precious metal were produced on the territory of the region in 32, which shows an increase in production of 30%.

Such large mining companies as Kinross Gold (Canadian gold mining company - Ed.), Polymetal, Highland Gold Mining (32% owned by Millhouse Group Roman Abramovich - ed.) Managed to attract the most promising fields. Currently, work is underway to develop new deposits. In the medium term, two gold deposits "Kekura" and "Klen" are expected to be put into commercial operation, which will produce up to seven and three tons per year, respectively.

In early July, the GDK Baimskaya company was allowed to explore and mine non-ferrous and noble metals in Chukotka at the Baim ore zone. Has any infrastructure design work already begun? What is the economic impact of this project?

- The company received a license for geological exploration, exploration and production of non-ferrous and noble metals back in 2009 year. It is assumed that in 2019 it will begin the construction of infrastructure facilities, and production is scheduled for 2022 year.

Estimated output capacity of the plant will be up to 500 thousand tons of copper concentrate and 8,6 tons of gold in concentrate.

For the successful implementation of the project requires a significant development of energy and transport infrastructures. Currently, the solution of these issues is being worked out at the level of public-private partnership. We expect that the Baim project will provide an increase in the gross regional product of Chukotka by 45 billion rubles a year and will create more than 5 thousands of new jobs in the district.

- Tell us about the developing projects in the oil and gas sector in the region.

- The use of natural gas in the territory of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug began in 2003 with the opening of the West-Ozernoye gas field, located in 120 kilometers south of Anadyr. All natural gas is spent on energy production, but the region has great potential in the sphere of household gasification.

At the same time, further growth in gas production will grow in line with the growth in consumer demand. Currently, exploration works are being conducted in the Telekai oil and gas field in the region, but it is too early to talk about concrete plans.

- Tell us about the TOR project "Beringovsky". What are the coal reserves in the Amaam and Upper Alkatvaam areas of the Bering basin? Have you already found potential investors? What is the expected amount of investment in the TOP?

- Since 21 August, the territory of advanced development "Beringovsky" was officially established in Chukotka. This is one of eight approved TORs in the Russian Far East. At the same time, "Beringovsky" is the most prepared and independent project. Its attractiveness lies in the fact that the deposits are in close proximity to the coastline. Within the framework of the project it is planned to build a deep sea port and the road leading to it from the coal deposit.

The total reserves of the Bering coal basin are estimated at more than 1 billion tons. It is planned that the annual production volumes will be about 6,5 million tons of high-quality coal concentrate. I think that the project will allow the district to reach a new complex level of development. In particular, in 2030, it is planned to increase the volume of tax revenues of the consolidated budget of the region from the coal industry by 60 times, GRP growth by more than 600%.

- In what condition is the fishing industry in the region now, in particular, onshore fish processing? Is it planned to build hatcheries?

- The enterprises of the Chukotka fishing complex annually harvest about 7 thousand tons of pollock, cod, halibut and crab, as well as about a thousand tons of Pacific salmon. This allows you to fully meet the needs of the population of fish locally produced. As for onshore processing, with the support of the Okrug government, three fish processing complexes with a total capacity of up to 150 tons of fish per day have been built and are operational. We have smoke and canning shops, there are the necessary cooling capacity.

And fish-breeding plants in the region are not required, as there are more than enough of their own biological resources in Chukotka.

- In September, the Eastern Economic Forum will take place, where the DFO regions will present their most attractive investment projects. What suggestions will come on the forum Chukotka?

- First of all, the territories of priority socio-economic development created in the Far East, including the Beringovsky PDA located in Chukotka, will be presented at the Eastern Economic Forum.

We also plan to present and discuss the future development of the Baim ore zone, the construction of the Pevek floating nuclear thermal power plant. In addition, during the forum it is planned to sign a number of agreements on the interaction of the regional government with the departments and companies of the Russian Federation. The documents concern the energy, transport, economic and social infrastructures of the Chukotka Autonomous Region.

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