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ALROSA starts developing a new kimberlite pipe "Maiskaya"
ALROSA has started stripping work at the new Maiskaya kimberlite pipe. The first diamonds from the deposit are expected in 2025.
As EastRussia was informed in the press service of the diamond mining company, after reaching the design capacity of 300 thousand tons of ore, production will amount to about one million carats of diamonds annually. The Maiskaya pipe is located on the territory of the Nakyn ore field, not far from ALROSA's Botuobinsky and Nyurbinsky open pits and concentrating plant No. 16.
Alexey Kovalenko, director of the Mirninsko-Nyurbinsky GOK of ALROSA, said that the pipe is relatively small, it was opened in 2006.
“In Yakutia, as in the world as a whole, there are virtually no primary diamond deposits left to the surface. It will take several years to prepare for production. At the same time, the pipe is located in close proximity to the factory and operating open-pit mines, which makes it easier and cheaper to involve it in mining, ”he said.
Kovalenko added that this is one of the projects that will allow the company to mine 2025-2026 million carats of diamonds by 35-36. By the end of this year, ALROSA plans to extract about 32,5 million carats of diamonds.
The total resources of the deposit are 12,7 million carats, capital development costs are estimated at 5,6 billion rubles.