Mechel begins work on the development of the Sivaglinsky iron ore depositMoscow, Russia - September 09, 2021 - Mechel PAO (MOEX: MTLR, NYSE: MTL), a leading Russian mining and the metallurgical company informs about the development of design estimates and permits for the start of the development of the Sivaglinsky iron ore deposit. By the end of 2022, about 2 billion rubles will be allocated for the implementation of this project. The field will be mined by open pit mining.
The Sivaglinskoye iron ore deposit is located 135 kilometers north of Neryungri and 9 kilometers from the railway line adjacent to Baikal-Amur Mainline. A 110 kV power transmission line from the Neryungrinskaya SDPP runs 3 kilometers from the field. At a distance of 8 kilometers is the Pionerskoye iron ore deposit, the mining license for which is also owned by Mechel, which in the long term will make it possible to create a single enterprise.
The area of the Sivaglinsky deposit is 2.2 square kilometers, the reserves for opencast mining are 21 million tons of ore, the average iron content is 48.6-53.3%. During its development, among other things, it is planned to use the material and technical base of Yakutugol Holding, which is part of the Mechel Group.
Geological exploration work has now been completed with a total cost of 385 million rubles. Industrial tests for the processing of ore from the Sivaglinsky deposit at the Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant have been successfully passed. Procurement procedures are underway to purchase the necessary mining and transport equipment. It is planned to start pilot production of the Sivaglinskoye deposit in the 4th quarter of 2022, the volume of production by the end of 2022 is expected to be at the level of 300-400 thousand tons of blast-furnace and sinter ores. From 2023, annual production will amount to about 1 million tons, and with the commissioning of the Pionerskoye deposit, the total production capacity will reach 3.5 million tons of ore.
“According to our estimates, the agglomeration and blast furnace ores of the Sivaglinskoye deposit are almost ready commercial products. With the start of its development, Mechel Group will be able to increase the rate of self-sufficiency in iron ore raw materials up to 60%, that is, by about 15-20%. Investments in the project during 2021-2022 will amount to about 2 billion rubles. We expect to launch a large iron ore enterprise, which will become one of the industry leaders in the Far Eastern Federal District, ”commented Mechel PAO Oleg Korzhov, General Director.
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