PJSC Polyus (Polyus), Russia’s largest gold producer, has poured the first doré gold at Natalka - Polyus’ main greenfield project - during the ongoing hot commissioning process at the Natalka mill.
As part of pre-commissioning at Natalka in the Tenkinskiy District of the Magadan region in Russia, the full processing facility is undergoing consecutive 24-hour trial runs.
Polyus expects the full ramp-up of the Natalka mill to be completed by the end of 2018. The processing plant is the largest in Russia, with a capacity of 10 million tpa. Following the ramp-up, the mill is expected to achieve annual production of c. 420 - 470 Koz for the duration of the mine life. This will contribute to the company’s targeted increase in overall gold
Natalka has ore reserves of 16 million oz and mineral resources totalling 34 million oz, according to the JORC Code methodology, and is the 15th largest gold reserve globally. According to the company’s current life of mine plan, and based on anticipated gold volumes, Natalka has an estimated mine life of 31 years of open pit mining.