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JOURNAL: Volume 11, No. 2, 2021, p. 152-163

HEADING: Economics and management in the Arctic zone

AUTHORS: Batugina, N.S., Gavrilov, V.L., Khoiutanov, E.A., Popova, K.S.

ORGANIZATIONS: N.V. Chersky Mining Institute of the North of the Siberian Branch of the RAS

DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2021-2-152-163

UDC: 338.242:622

The article was received on: 10.02.2021

Keywords: gold, mineral resources, field development, economic efficiency, Arctic zone of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), energy source, power supply, coal deposits

Bibliographic description: Batugina, N.S., Gavrilov, V.L., Khoiutanov, E.A., Popova, K.S. Assessment of coal supply and use in the development of gold deposits in the Arctic zone of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Arktika: ekologiya i ekonomika. [Arctic: Ecology and Economy], 2021, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 152-163. DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2021-2-152-163. (In Russian).


The article considers various options for providing gold mining enterprises in the Arctic zone of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) with fuel and energy resources to generate electricity for industrial needs. The authors assess the possibility of organizing the power supply for the operation of the mines using the resources of local coal deposits. The Soginsky brown coal and Krasnorechensk coal deposits are most suitable for mining.

The research proves that the use of coal in generation can reduce the cost of power supply in the development of ore and placer deposits. They determined that the lowest unit cost of electricity generation is achieved when brown coal from the Kularski deposit is used as fuel (9.3 rub/kW·h). The use of coals from the Soginsky deposit is 20% more expensive than the Kularsky coals, but the quality characteristics of the coal and the readiness of the deposit for mining are significantly better. The most accessible, but more expensive option for organizing the supply of coal to gold deposits is the use of imported coal of the required quality. The authors outline the necessity of additional appraisal of coal resource potential of the Arctic zone of Yakutia on the base of contemporary economic criteria. There is a need to clarify the extent of coal production and to determine the importance of coal in investment projects in the northeast of Arctic zone of Yakutia.

Finance info: Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) of the Russian Federation financially supported the research within the framework of scientific project No. 18-45-140048 r_a Development of new approaches to the coal quality management in the exploration, mining and supply to consumers in hard-to-reach regions of Yakutia.


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