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Recognized as the largest in Russia gold deposit Natalkinskoye on the Kolyma needs a reassessment of resources
Almost 42 billion rubles have already been invested in the construction of production facilities at the mine. The world's largest mill for processing ore was brought to the place of production. Now the pace of construction is reduced, the workers are sent on forced leave. The Russian Ministry of Development of the Far East became interested in the situation at the Matrosov mine. From the start of the enterprise depends, including the replenishment of the budget of Kolyma.
The mine named after Matrosov for many years was the flagship of the Tenkin district. For 58 years, annually, he supplied to the gold coin box of Russia one and a half tons of precious metal. Then less - a ton per year. In October 1944, on the order of Dalstroy, the deposit in the upper reaches of the Natalka stream was named after Matrosov. In those years, the issue of the start of production was solved promptly, and already in 1945, when the vertical shaft of the mine and the cyanide shop were completed, the mine and the factory became separate enterprises and became part of the Tenkinsky Mining Department. Start-up to full design capacity was timed to the Victory Day.
In July 1956, the first 128 Komsomol members arrived at the mine. Upper and Molodyozhny villages were prepared for their arrival. In the year 55-year anniversary in 2000, the company employed one thousand thirty-three people. At the end of the 1990-ies, in order to carry out the reconstruction and start open production at the Natalka deposit, they began to look for an investor. The tender for development of the field was won by the Eurasian investment pool of Norilsk Nickel. However, the new investor for some reason gradually curtailed production, and large-scale construction work began.
On the construction sites of the mine named after Matrosov, and there are about three hundred, now almost deserted. Street work turned. It makes no sense, they explain at the enterprise, that the launch of the mine was again postponed indefinitely.
"The pace of construction has declined. In anticipation of the final, more precise decision, we are engaged in the fact that we pull up those works that were somewhere not completed, while we stopped working in the open air. In general, everything is at a minimum, "- said the director of the branch of the company" Polyus Story "Mikhail Mirchuk.
But anyway, while there is a reassessment of resources, the future fate of the mine is not clear. The people who worked in the construction industry, mainly shift workers, were now in limbo. The employees of the mine are massively sent to forced leaves. Of the one and a half thousand people there will be only about three hundred. Here, the decision of the company's management about the future fate of the mine is awaited.
Problems with the budget
Failure to launch Matrosov is a separate problem for the Kolyma budget. Economists have noted a decline in income over the next three years. Compared to this year, by 2017, the revenues of the Kolyma budget will be reduced by almost two and a half billion. Expenses - $ XNUMX billion. The deficit, according to preliminary estimates, should amount to a little more than two billion seven hundred thousand.
"In order to level the situation in the budget, we seriously overestimate the work of other mining enterprises, which this year produced a significant increase. We are counting on the fact that next year will be the same. And the launch of a new large enterprise at the Pavlik deposit, I think, largely compensates for the mortgaged calculations that the Matrosov mine could have given, "said Vladimir Pecheny, Governor of the Magadan Region.
However, it is clear that the indicators in 41 ton to 2017 year Magadan region without work on the Natalka deposit will not work. For comparison, in 2014 on the Kolyma will get a little more than 20 tons of precious metal.
Technical solutions must be found.
In the situation with the Matrosov mine, the Ministry of Russia for the development of the Far East is also considering. First Deputy Minister Alexander Osipov visited the construction sites of the enterprise.
According to the preliminary findings of Polyus Zolota, a decrease in the estimate of the resources of the Natalka deposit by 15-20% is expected. In this case, the company may have to look for new approaches in its development. Final conclusions are promised at the end of January next year.