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Kaz Minerals plans to build an icebreaker for a project in Chukotka

Kaz Minerals plans to build an icebreaker for a project in Chukotka
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Kaz Minerals plans, together with Rosatom, to build an icebreaker and three ice-class bulk carriers for the export of copper and gold from the Baimskoye field in Chukotka. The company fears a shortage of ships with an increase in cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route.

It is reported RBC with reference to the chairman of the board of directors of Kaz Minerals Oleg Novachuk. According to him, there is a discussion with Rosatom on the supply of electricity in exchange for ordering tugs from it.

“We will discuss the construction of a personal icebreaker and three bulk carriers with a deadweight of 40 thousand tons of ice class Arc 7 or Arc 6,” Novachuk said.

According to experts, the cost of a nuclear icebreaker is about 60 billion rubles, a bulk carrier - about 3,6 billion rubles.

From 2027, Kaz Minerals plans to supply two million tons of cargo annually via the NSR. According to the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, by 2024 the cargo traffic there should grow two and a half times - up to 80 million tons per year. It is planned to increase cargo traffic due to LNG projects of NOVATEK, Vostokugol and a new project of Rosneft, Vostok Oil.

Kaz Minerals acquired the Baimskoye field in 2018 for $ 900 million. The resources of the deposit, located within the Baimskaya ore area, are estimated according to the international JORC classification at 9,9 million tons of copper and 16,6 million ounces of gold.

In April Vladimir Putin gave approval the Rosatom project for the power supply of the Baimsky gold-copper deposit in Chukotka, owned by Kazakhstan's KAZ Minerals. The cost of the energy project is 169 billion rubles.

The Baimsky GOK will be built on the Chukotka priority development area. The company confirmed its readiness to invest 570 billion rubles in the construction of a mining and processing plant there, but subject to the provision of energy supply by the Russian side. The new plant was originally planned to be launched in 2024, but the Kazakh company moved the launch date to 2027, reaching its design capacity in 2028. To supply power to the Baimsky GOK, up to 350 MW of new generation is required per year.

For the most efficient delivery of products from the Baimsky GOK, the investor plans to build year-round roadfrom Baimsky GOK to the port at Cape Nagleynyn with a total length of about 420 km. Construction of the road will begin in 2022. The first section, 220 km long, will be built entirely at the expense of GDK Baimskaya LLC. The second section, 200 km long, will be erected using the Far Eastern Concession mechanism. Commissioning is scheduled for March 2026.

Baimsky GOK construction project included in the strategy the socio-economic development of the Far East for the period up to 2025 and the strategy for the socio-economic development of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug until 2030.

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