Alacer Proceeding with Çöpler Sulphide Project

Alacer Gold will move ahead of development for a sulphide ore processing project at the Çöpler mine in eastern Turkey.Alacer Gold’s board of directors has approved development of the Çöpler sulphide project at its 80%-owned Çöpler gold mine in Erzincan province, eastern Turkey. The Çöpler mine has been processing oxide ore via an open-pit, heap leach process since late 2010. A definitive feasibility study of sulphide ore processing via whole-ore pressure oxidation was completed in June 2014. The sulphide project is forecast to extend Çöpler mine life by 22 years, producing a total of 3.9 million oz of gold at all-in sustaining costs averaging $637/oz.

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Rusal Opens Russia’s Deepest Mine

Russian aluminum producer UC Rusal has announced the start-up of the Cheremoukhovskaya-Gloubokaya mine at its North Urals bauxite mine complex in Severouralsk, Russia. At a depth of 1,550 m, the mine becomes Russia’s deepest and accesses bauxite deposits estimated at 42 million mt.

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Mongolian Government Approves Oyu Tolgoi Expansion

Mongolian prime minister Chimediin Saikhanbileg announced on April 5 that his cabinet has approved a second-phase of development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold-silver mine in southern Mongolia. Oyu Tolgoi is owned 66% by Turquoise Hill Resources and 34% by the government. Rio Tinto owns a 51% share of Turquoise Hill Resources and manages the project.

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Alrosa Launches Mining on the Botuobinskaya Pipe

Botuobinskaya is targeted to produce 1 million carats in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Alrosa)Russian diamond producer Alrosa has started mining ore from the Botuobinskaya kimberlite pipe at its Nyurba Mining and Processing Division (Nyurba MPD) in the Republic of Sahka (Yakutia) in Russia’s Far East. The pipe is expected to produce 230,000 metric tons (mt) of ore and about 1 million carats of rough diamonds in 2015. When the mine reaches its design capacity of 400,000 mt/y of ore, its diamond production will exceed 2 million carats/y.

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