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Chukotka industrial production index increased
In January-June of the year 2014 in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, the industrial production index was 187% compared to the same period last year, the press service of the governor said. The growth is due to the introduction of two new fields into industrial development. The increase was noted by the Minister for the Development of the Far East of the Russian Federation Alexander Galushka at a working meeting with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
- From such a specific applied microeconomic design work, a new economy is formed, - noted Alexander Galushka, speaking about the prospects for creating a network of priority development territories in the Far East. He recalled that over the past 6 months, the Ministry conducted an in-depth analysis of more than 340 investment projects, of which 18 were selected for further promotion.
As the governor of the Chukotka Autonomous District Roman Kopin noted, the socio-economic development of the region is inextricably linked with the improvement of the quality indicators of the industrial sector of Chukotka.
- Since 2008, due to the commissioning of the large Kupol ore deposit, gold production in the Okrug has reached an average of 23 tons per year, which is 5 times more than in previous years. In 2013, two new gold ore facilities were put into operation: an enrichment plant at the Mayskoye site (LLC ZK Mayskoye) and a mine at the Dvoinoy deposit (LLC Severnoye Zoloto). Thus, this year in Chukotka, an increase in the extraction of precious metal up to 30 tons is expected, - said Roman Kopin.
As of July 1, 2014, 14,7 tons of gold were mined on the territory of the Okrug, which is 6,3 tons more than in the same period last year, or 75,6%. Since the beginning of the year, ore gold has been mined by 5 enterprises: CJSC Chukotka Mining and Geological Company, LLC Severnoye Gold, LLC Mayskoye Gold Mining Company, OJSC Karalveem Mine, LLC Rudnik Valunisty. At the alluvial gold deposits, 16 enterprises are mining.
At the same time, Roman Kopin noted that for further industrial and socio-economic development in Chukotka, it is necessary to begin implementing a plan for the reorganization of the region’s energy infrastructure.
- Currently, a special working group created under the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation is engaged in the economic feasibility study of the scenario proposed by the Government of the region, which involves the unification of isolated power systems of Chukotka and the Magadan region through the construction of a single-circuit overhead power line "Omsukchan-Bilibino" and the installation of a floating nuclear power plant in Pevek. These measures are necessary, including to reduce electricity tariffs in the region and to further meet the needs of the projected industries, - said Roman Kopin.
In addition to gold mining, silver is produced in the district. In January-June 2014, 72,6 tons of silver were mined, which is 4% lower than in the corresponding period of 2013. The decrease in production is due to a decrease in the share of silver in the ore. Natural gas is extracted from the fuel and energy minerals in the region, as well as coal, which according to 1 July produced 218,3 KT, which is 81% more than production in the corresponding period of 2013 of the year.