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Mining experience, Tajikistan

Mining experience, Tajikistan

Gold production in Tajikistan in the 1st half-year of 2013 has increased by 134.6 kg against the similar period of 2012.

Increase in production of this precious metal was achieved through the growth in gold extraction by such mining companies as “Zarafshon” (Tajik-Chinese joint venture) “Aprelevka” (Tajik-Canadian joint venture), “Odina”, “Takom Gold” etc.

Over $100 million will be additionally invested in “Zarafshon” company until 2015 to improve operational indicators. It is planned to increase gold production at this enterprise up to 4-5 tons in 2014-2015.

“Zarafshon” JV is the largest enterprise in Tajikistan by gold production volume. It was established in 1994 at the premises of the former Tajik Gold-Ore Factory.

The raw material base of the company includes Tarror, Julau, Hirskhona, Olympiyskoe and a number of small deposits around the Jilau field in Sogd oblast (north of Tajikistan).   

During 2012 the “Tajik-Chinese Mining Company” LLC invested over 5 million somoni (over $1million) in the development of “Zarnisori Shimoli” lead-zinc deposit (Northern Altyn-Topkan).  

The “Tajik-Chinese Mining Company” LLC was established in 2007. In December same year construction of “Zarnisor” ore-processing plant was started; its productive capacity today is 1 million tons of ore per year. $150 million have been invested in this plant up to date by the Chinese investors.

According to the Ministry of Energy and Industry “Zarnisor” produced over 23.4 thousand tons of  plumbum dust and over 37.3 thousand tons of zinc dust during last year.

It is expected that the 2nd production line will be commissioned in the nearest future which will result in the plant annual capacity increase up to 2 million tons.

The company is planning to obtain in 2013 the license for the production of polymetallic ores of the partial reserve of “Zarnisori Shimoli” deposit, make excavations and drill exploration wells at the depth of 5.3 thousand meters. It is not improbable that such elements as bismuth, gold, selenium, tellurium, thallium, indium, gallium and germanium can be found in the mine.  

In January 2012 the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan officially stated issuance of a mining license to LLC Pakrut for  Pakrut Gold Project. The mining license is valid until November 2, 2030 and the volume of ore that can be produced is varied depending on the mining plan.  The mining plan submitted to the Ministry provides for the initial annual capacity of 660 thousand tons of ore with the increase up to 1,320 thousand tons by 2017.   

The joint Tajik-American venture “Anzob” LLC was established in 2005 at he premises of Anzob Ore-Processing Plant specializing in the extraction and processing of complex mercury-antimony ores of the Jizhikurt deposit. The Tajik share in the authorized capital was 51% and American share – 49%. The American side attracted investments in the amount of $4million, mainly for the delivery of up-to-date equipment. In September 2006 - Comsup Commodities at 11 million somoni ($3 million).

Source: http://polpred.com

Mining experience, Kyrgyzstan

Mining experience, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan has been awarded the “Mining Country of the Year” at Hong Kong International «Mines and Money 2013" Conference.  

The Canadian Centerra Gold mining company participates in gold exploration, development and production in Asia. Centerra holds shares of Kumtor mine through its subsidiary Kumtor Gold Company. Kumtor is located in the Kyrgyz Republic approximately 350 km southeast of Bishkek.   

Kumtor produced more than 268.75 tons (8.6 million ounces) of gold starting from 1997 through the end of 2012.
Over 9.9 tons (315,000 ounces) of gold were produced at Kumtor in 2012.

Source: http://polpred.com

Mining experiences


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Mining experiences, Kazakhstan

Mining experiences, Kazakhstan

The Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), Kazakhstan metallurgical group, is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of ferroalloys, iron ore, aluminum oxide and aluminum.

ENRC is a diversified group in the area of production and processing of minerals, as well as one of the largest electric power suppliers in Kazakhstan. ENRC operates in Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Brazil and Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa).  

ENRC chromium ore reserves are the largest reserves among the CIS countries (183 million tons as at the end of 2008); they are considered to have the higher chromium content (41.4%) than the reserves of other producers. The group also owns the proven reserves of manganese, iron ore, bauxites and coal.

The Kazakhmys corporation has increased the production by of cathode copper from own raw materials by 7% to make it 144 thousand tons against the first half-year of 2012.  Copper production was positively influenced by the stable content of metal in the ore and continuous ore extraction and processing.

Production of zinc concentrate is 63 thousand tons. Silver production amounted to 7.1 million ounces due to processing of a large volume of ore and a high recovery ratio. The total gold production amounted to 1.6 tons (51 thousand ounces).

Kazakhmys PLC group if the major copper producer in Kazakhstan and one of the top 10 copper producers in the world. Copper production is fully integrated starting from ore extraction to the end product in the form of cathode copper and copper rod. The group is included in FTSE-100. The stocks of Kazakhmys PLC are listed both on the London Stock Exchange and on Kazakhstan Stock Exchange. 

“KazZinc” is a large integrated producer of zinc with significant associated production of copper, precious metals and lead. The Company’s main production facilities are located in Kazakhstan, principally in the East-Kazakhstan oblast. The Company was established in 1997 by merging assets of three major producers of non-ferrous metals of Eastern Kazakhstan: Ust-Kamenogorsk Lead-Zinc Factory, Leninogorsk Polymetallic factory and Zyryanovsk Lead Factory. 

“KazZinz” corporation produced 72.2 thousand tons of zinc metal in 2013 against 74.7 thousand tons in the similar period of 2012. 

Gold production during January-March has increased by 23.2% up to 154 thousand troy ounces, and silver production has decreased by 6.9% to amount to 4.310 million ounces. Copper production amounted to 15.1 thousand tons (increase by 6.3%) and lead production – 21.8 thousand tons (decrease by 0.9%).

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Mineral Production


Solid minerals Gold, million tons Copper, million tons Lead, million tons Zinc, million tons Iron, billion tons Chrome, million tons Manganese, million tons Molybdenum, million tons Bauxites, million tons Nickel, million tons Tin, thousand tons
Number of deposits 325 115 95 91 66 18 37 46 28 42 15
Balance 2,3 38,8 17,2 35,5 18,8 366,2 684,1 1,1 338,07 2,0 138,4
Development % 73,7% 65,2% 66,7% 76,5% 42,7% 98,3% 88,2% 64% 54,1% 62% 17,6%
Exploration % 22,7% 32% 21,4% 12,5% 5,4%   3,4% 28% 14,4% 21,4% 71,2%
Free of subsoil use %: 3,6% 2,8% 12,9% 11% 51,9% 1,7% 8,4% 8% 31,5% 16,6% 11,2%
Over 80% of solid mineral reserves of industrial categories (А+В+С1) have been handed over to subsoil users.


Solid minerals Gold,
th. tons
th. tons
th. tons
th. tons
th. tons
th. tons
th. tons
th. tons
Rare earth elements,
th. tons
th. tons
th. tons
Number of deposits 68 9 3 2 1 4 2 2 1 7 2
Balance 565,8 314,6 30,0 17,6 943,8 39,5 117,2 2,5 51,5 264,0 186,8


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