Russia prepares for development of country’s largest copper mine

Udokan mine. Photo: 2CAD

Russia plans to build large-scale railway infrastructure to the Udokan mine, which is large copper mine located in Russia in Zabaykalsky Krai, around 30 km south of the town of Novaya Chara on the Baikal Amur Mainline.


At present Udokan represents the largest copper deposit in Russia and third largest in the world, having estimated reserves of 1.2 billion tonnes of ore grading 2% copper although its massive development has been prevented by the lack of necessary infrastructure.


Last year the Udokan mine, which is the operator of the project began mining operations at the Zapadnyi quarry of the Udokan copper deposit, as part of the first phase of the development of the mine.


The first stage of the project involves building of the mining and metallurgical plant for the production of cathode copper and copper concentrate, an open pit mine with a capacity of up to 12 million tons of ore per year and production of up to 125,000 tons of copper per year.


By: Eugen Gerden