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Glavgosexpertiza of Russia approves survey findings under project for port construction on Novaya Zemlya

Glavgosexpertiza of Russia approves survey findings under project for port construction on Novaya Zemlya

Glavgosexpertiza (Russia’s Main Department of State Expertise) says that its experts have considered and approved the design documentation and engineering survey findings under the project on construction of a port on the Yuzhniy Island of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago (Arkhangelsk Region) as infrastructure of Pavlovskoye Lead and Zinc Deposit.

Pavlovskoye Lead and Zinc Deposit discovered in late 1990-ies is one of Russia’s five largest deposits of ore, zinc, lead and silver.

The “Pavlovskoye” investment project is being implemented under the tripartite agreement signed in April 2019 at the International Arctic Forum between Arkhangelsk Region Government, and two ROSATOM companies, First Mining Company JSC and Atomredmetzoloto JSC. According to the project, the parties plan to build a mining enterprise with a capacity of up to 3.5 million tons of ore per year. A lead and zinc concentrate production facility on Novaya Zemlya archipelago is supposed to produce 220,000 tonnes of zinc concentrate and 47,000 tonnes of lead concentrate.

The project foresees the construction of port infrastructure for shipment of the “”Pavlovskoye” mining/processing facility’s products with annual capacity of 0.5 million tonnes.

Novaya Zemlya is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean in the north of Russia and the extreme northeast of Europe. From the south to the north the two islands at Novaya Zemlya is 900 kilometres long. Most of the northern island consists of peak mountains and glaciers.