Russian diamond mining company Alrosa has begun open-pit mining on the Zarya pipe and initiated work to deepen the underground Aikhal mine at its Aikhal Mining and Processing Division in central Russia.

Development of Zarya deposit has been one of Alrosa’s major investment projects, with a total investment of 12 billion rubles (about $180 million at current exchange rates). Production from the deposit will replace depleting stock from the Komsomolsky open pit and looking forward will ensure stable mine production for the division.
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