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In 15, diamond mining in Yakutia will be halved

As reported by TASS in the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), diamond production by 2030 in the country will be 16,9 million carats, which is two times lower than the forecast figures for the current year (34,9 million carat). The Ministry noted that the forecast was made on the basis of the development strategy of the company "Alrosa"

At the end of 2015, 36,3 million carats were mined in Yakutia.

Currently, Alrosa Group of Companies is searching for and exploring new deposits in Yakutia. As scientists and experts note, the chances of finding completely new diamond-bearing deposits are extremely small, since all large deposits have been discovered and have already been developed.

As emphasized in the Institute of Geology of Diamond and Precious Metals of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, all the deposits of the republic are currently close to complete depletion. In this regard, exploration is being conducted in the Arctic zone in order to increase the resource base.

The most promising now is the Verkhne-Munskoye diamond deposit discovered by the Alrosa Group of Companies nine years ago, in 2007. It is located 180 km from the Udachny GOK and consists of four kimberlite pipes. The field is one of the largest discovered in recent years, while its development requires 63 billion rubles.

As part of EEF-2016, Alrosa Group of Companies signed an investment agreement with the RF Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East for the development of this field.

According to the provisions of the document, the annual capacity of the enterprise should exceed 1,7 million carats of diamonds. The amount of necessary infrastructure support for the promising project will amount to approximately 8,5 billion rubles. Reaching the design capacity is scheduled for 2020.
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