Eurasian Resources Group starts mining at a new chrome deposit in Kazakhstan with reserves exceeding 3 Mt of ore
Eurasian Resources Group (“ERG” or “the Group”), a leading diversified natural resources producer, has started to mine chrome ore at a new deposit, Pervomayskoye, in Kazakhstan. Mineable reserves at the deposit exceed 3 Mt of ore. The Donskoy Ore Mining and Processing Plant, which belongs to JSC TNC Kazchrome, owned by ERG, has already extracted the first 3.5 kt.
The Pervomayskoye deposit is located within the site of the Republic of Kazakhstan's 10th Anniversary of Independence Mine in Khromtau in the western part of the country. Maximum annual production at the deposit is expected to total 300 kt of ore. Drifting operations took seven years to complete and under the current project the deposit will continue to be developed until 2025 (inclusive).
Maral Bekeyev, director of the Donskoy Ore Mining and Processing Plant, said: “The unique experience that we have gained at this pilot deposit will be beneficial to us in the future when we start to develop the second stage of the mine. We are planning to use the cut-and-fill technique and we look forward to achieving a production rate of up to 6 Mtpa of ore.”
Meanwhile, the parameters of the cut-and-fill technique are defining the design of the mining block extraction process. This technique is used for rock pressure control whereby mined rock is replaced with filling material. It enables safer and more efficient stoping under a stronger artificial roof.
“We are developing this deposit using an environmentally friendly approach that involves utilizing waste and tailings. This will help to reduce waste dumping and harmful atmospheric emissions,” added Alexander Ermakov, head of the Republic of Kazakhstan's 10th Anniversary of Independence Mine.