RUSAL began mining at a new open-pit quarry at the Vezhayu-Vorykvinskoye deposit in the Komi Republic, with reserves of more than 14 million metric tons (mt) of bauxite. The new open pit No. 4 will be the largest at the Sredne-Timansky bauxite mine.
“The development of the Sredne-Timansky bauxite mine is the basis for a stable supply of bauxite to RUSAL’s alumina refineries in the Urals, and, therefore, a significant part of the company’s supply of its own raw materials,” said Yakov Itskov, director of Alumina Division at RUSAL. “In addition, the commissioning of the new sections will allow Timan Bauxite to contribute to the socioeconomic well-being of the region for the long term.”
The Timan Bauxite enterprise was founded in December 1992. Ore from its deposits is supplied to RUSAL’s alumina refineries in the Urals.