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Polyus’ Olimpiada and Blagodatnoye mines to operate on 100% renewable energy

PJSC Polyus’ decarbonisation plans have accelerated with an agreement for the supply of environmentally friendly electricity generated from PJSC RusHydro’s Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro power plant to its Krasnoyarsk Business Unit (KBU) in Russia.

The agreement, which assumes the provision of approximately 1 billion kWh of energy to KBU in 2021, means up to 90% of the electricity demand from the company’s production facilities will be met by renewable sources.

Once supplies under this contract commence, 100% of the electricity consumed by Polyus’ largest producing assets, Olimpiada (pictured) and Blagodatnoye, will be renewable.

Based on this estimate, KBU expects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2021 by almost half, while company-wide GHG emissions may decrease by a third compared with the previous year.

The agreement will cover the period until December 31, 2021, with the possibility of an extension, Polyus said.

In 2020, Polyus and RusHydro signed a five-year bilateral agreement for the sale and purchase of electricity produced by hydroelectric power plants on the territory of a technologically isolated electric power system in the Magadan region. The volume of electricity supplied under this agreement was greater than 300 million kWh/y.

Pavel Grachev, Chief Executive Officer of PJSC Polyus, commented: “This deal marks the transition of Polyus’ core business unit to renewable energy sources and represents a landmark event for our company. Climate change is a global challenge, and it is important that as a responsible business we support the decarbonisation of the global economy. For this reason, we are choosing to power our production assets with energy sources that will minimise our greenhouse gas emissions.”

Polyus connects Natalka to Ust-Omchug — Omchak power line

Polyus says the Ust-Omchug — Omchak power project in the Magadan region of Russia has been completed, with its Natalka gold mine now connected up to a new 220 kV power grid.

The total construction capital of this project (excluding VAT) amounted to around RUB10 billion (around $126 million), with some RUB6.5 billion attributable to state subsidies received by the company over the 2016-2019 period.

The new line provides additional energy transmission capacity, improving the reliability of low-cost renewable power supply in the region, the company said.

Earlier this year, Polyus signed a large-scale five-year electricity supply contract with regional hydropower company, PJSC Kolymaenergo, a subsidiary of PJSC RusHydro. As of today, Natalka covers 90% of its electricity demand from renewable sources.

Pavel Grachev, Chief Executive Officer of Polyus, said: “The Ust-Omchug — Omchak line is an important infrastructure project that facilitates continuity of operational processes at Natalka. It also contributes to our company’s development as a responsible operator, as Polyus is committed to creating a low-carbon and sustainable future.”

Polyus’ massive Sukhoi Log gold deposit gets even bigger

PJSC Polyus has reported a maiden indicated mineral resource for the sizeable Sukhoi Log gold project in Russia’s Far East, in addition to boosting the overall resource base by 9%.

Estimated resources now stand at 962 Mt, with an average grade of 2.1 g/t Au for 63 Moz of gold. Within this is 374 Mt at 2.4 g/t for 28 Moz of indicated resources.

The estimate is based on data from the verification drilling programme available at September 14, 2018, which was used in conjunction with historic drillhole data.

The company is carrying out in-fill, deep levels, flanks and other drilling at the project, in Bodaybo district, Irkutsk, with the campaign continuing until the end of 2019.

“Polyus plans to drill a total of 197,000 m, including the approximately 135,000 m drilled since October 2017. Ongoing assessment of the drilling campaign samples may result in further upgrade of the mineral resources estimate classification,” Polyus said.

As previously reported, Polyus is proceeding with studies to enable estimation by consultant AMC, in 2020, of an ore reserve estimate based on indicated resources in the 2018 estimate and estimates resulting from the 2019 drilling campaign.

Pavel Grachev, Chief Executive Officer of PJSC Polyus, said: “The continued exploration success we are achieving at Sukhoi Log is reaffirming its status as one of the best undeveloped deposits globally and a cornerstone of Polyus’ long-term development strategy.