Rusal Begins Mining 14 MMT Bauxite Quarry In NW Russia

Rusal Begins Mining 14 MMT Bauxite Quarry In NW Russia

Russian Federation aluminium titan UC Rusal announced this week the commencement of operations at its new open pit bauxite mine in northwest Russia.

In a press release Rusal said the mine at Vezhayu-Vorykvinskoye in the Komi Republic. The mine has an estimated reserve of bauxite ore of 14 million metric tons. Also known as pit #4, it will be the biggest at Sredne-Timansky.

Preparation to mine the area began three years ago, and pre-mining activities removed 19.5 million cubic meters of material to finish the mining capital works at the site. Machines and equipment at the site cost ₽1 billion. A treatment facility was also installed at the site at a cost of ₽350 million.

Yakov Itskov, Director of Alumina Division at Rusal, noted the importance of the project in a related press release.

“The development of the Sredne-Timansky bauxite mine is the basis for a stable supply of bauxite to RUSAL’s alumina refineries in the Urals, and, therefore, a significant part of the Company’s supply of its own raw materials. In addition, the commissioning of the new sections will allow Timan Bauxite to contribute to the socio-economic well-being of the region in the long term.”

Rusal expects production to cease at the nearby pits #1 and #3 by the end of next year, followed by land reclamation at the site. Meanwhile, mine prep work continues at pit #2 at Verkhne-Shchugorskoye, where production is slated to start in 2023.