North-Western Phosphorous Company

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In 2006, NWPC obtained state licences to develop apatite-nepheline ore deposits at the Oleniy Ruchey and Partomchorr fields in the Murmansk region.

In 2012, the construction of the mine's Stage 1 was completed, and apatite concentrate production was pre-commissioned.

Oleniy Ruchey Mine Key Parameters
  • Reserves: 43.3 million tonnes P2O5 (A1+B+C1 as of 1 January 2015)
  • In the end of 2012, the Oleniy Ruchey mine started regular shipments of apatite concentrate to the Group's production facilities in Russia.
  • Mine capacity: up to 2 million tonnes of apatite concentrate (upon commissioning of Stage 2). Based on integrated apatite-nepheline ore processing, pilot facilities to process nepheline concentrate and extract rare-earth elements (lanthanum, cerium and neodymium oxides) will be built up. Currently, such pilot operations are being built at Acron‘s Veliky Novgorod site.
  • Total project investments will be approximately USD 1 billion.
Key Stages

2006–2008: Preparing design documents for the Oleniy Ruchey mine and obtaining an approval of the state expert review board.

2009–2012: Building mining and processing facilities, an open pit and infrastructure. Apatite concentrate production was launched in late 2012.

2015: Increasing the mine capacity to 100 ktpm (1.1 mn tpa).

2014–2018: Expanding the mine capacity by building Stage 2 of the filtration and drying shop, silo warehouse for apatite and nepheline concentrate, rail line from the mine site to Titan station (roughly 39 kilometres). Commissioning of the underground mine.

ProductionDescriptioncapacity ('000 тра)
Apatite concentrateThe mine's Stage 1 commissioned in 2012.1,100

Oleniy Ruchey Deposit Proved Reserves approved by State Reserves Committee (Rosnedra) (Minutes No. 2723 dated 16 March 2012)

Ore, '000 tonnes P2O5 grade P2O5, '000 tonnes
Balance reserves
В+С1 273,300 16,19% 44,252
130,226 14,95% 19,457
Total 403,526 15,79% 63,709

Oleniy Ruchey Deposit JORC Resources and Reserves as of 1 January 2011

Ore, '000 tonnes P2O5 grade P2O5, '000 tonnes
Measured 217,997 16,14% 35,181
Indicated 32,821 13,29% 4,363
Inferred 29,405 13,64% 4,011
Total 280,223 15,54% 43,554
Proved 221,951 13,79% 30,603
Probable 33,457 11,40% 3,813
Total 255,408 13,47% 34,416

 Oleniy Ruchey Mineral Resourse and Reserve Valuation (under JORC standards)  
 Partomchorr Mineral Resourse and Reserve Valuation (under JORC standards)  


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