The head of Transbaikalia has asked Putin to help Finance the construction of a uranium mine

CHITA, August 24. /Offset. TASS Ilya Barinov/. TRANS-Baikal territory Governor Natalia Zhdanova has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin information about the prospects of development of the Argun and Zernovogo uranium deposits in the city of Krasnokamensk and asked him to assist in the adoption of a positive decision on the financing of the construction of the new mine, said on Thursday the press-service of the head region.

Earlier it was reported that on August 11 a meeting with the Governor of Transbaikalia Putin instructed zhdanovoj to study the question of financing the construction of the mine in Krasnokamensk, the second largest city in the region.

“Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, I ask you to assist in making a positive decision on the financing of the main part of the project at the expense of the state Corporation “Rosatom”, and also to support the initiative by allocating the necessary resources to Finance related infrastructure projects from the Federal budget”, – said in the letter, an excerpt of which was published a press-service.

According to regional authorities, the inclusion of the reserves of the Argun and Zernovogo fields to the industrial revolution will be a decisive impetus for the development of Priargunsky industrial mining and chemical Union (PIMCU, included in Atomredmetzoloto, Rosatom), the largest uranium mining company in Russia. “The reserves developed since the late 1960-ies, were exhausted. This leads to an increase of production costs and does not exclude negative social consequences in case of failure to maintain production in mono” – said the press service.

It recalled that the construction of the mine has been repeatedly discussed at the level of the Russian government. However, in the core subprogram of the state program “Socio – economic development of the Far East and the Baikal region” funds to assist the implementation of investment projects on the territory of the Baikal region is not provided.

“The lack of results on the construction of a new mine in the long term can lead to a complete shutdown of the city-forming enterprise of Krasnokamensk and to the need to eliminate it, since his livelihood is a consequence of the operation of PIMCU. The leadership of the region and enterprises of great concern the reduction in the number of employees PIMCU, which is inevitable in the conditions of exhaustion of the reserves of an operating mine. This will cause social unrest in the region”, – noted in press service.

The Appeal Of The Legislative Assembly

At the end of may the deputies of the legislative Assembly of Zabaykalsky Krai appealed to the head of the Russian government Dmitry Medvedev with a request to help Finance the construction of a new mine PIMCU.

According to the speaker of the legislative Assembly Igor Likhanova, the problem lies in the fact that existing mines PIMCU end ore reserves, and the company continued efficient operation, it is necessary now to start the construction of a new mine.

Earlier the construction work was scheduled to begin in 2018-2019, the Required amount of funds – about 27 billion rubles.

Priargunsky industrial mining and chemical Union was established in 1968. It is located in the city of Krasnokamensk is a town-forming enterprise and the largest in Russia brandovation. The company includes more than 20 departments, has its own energy base.