Precious Metals Mining in Russia to 2020

Date: 2015-09

Russia ranked third in the world with 5,000 tonnes (t) or 9% of global reserves of gold as at January 2015. Substantial gold reserves can be found in the states of Krasnoyarsk Krai, Zabaykalsky Krai, Khabarovsk Krai, Magadan Oblast, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic and Amur Oblast with metal grades in the range of 0.2 grams/tonne (g/t) to 19.2g/t while, the country’s silver reserves are located in the federal districts of Urals, Siberia and the Far East with grades varying between 4g/t to 400g/t. Russian diamond reserves were 40 million carats in January 2015, ranking fifth globally and accounting for 5.5% of the global total. Simultaneously, platinum group metal reserves (PGM) were 1,100Mt, accounting for 1.6% of global PGM reserves. Platinum is mainly produced as a by-product of nickel and copper and deposits are mostly found in the Murmansk Oblast and Krasnoyarsk Krai in the Far East and Ural regions.

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