Location and History
The Berezitovy mine is located in the Amur region of the Russian Federation approximately 50 km north of the town of Urusha and is accessible via an all-season road most of which is paved. The mine is located just 50 km from the Trans-Siberian railway and 100 km from the Skovorodino railway station.
Commercial production at Berezitovy started in 2007. The mine was acquired by Nordgold in late 2008 as part of the High River Gold transaction.
Berezitovy mine is a conventional open pit operation. Its processing plant consists of crushing, SAG and ball milling and CIP circuits. The mine also has a tailings water filter plant, a dry tailings storage facility, a water reservoir and potable water wells located on the Khaikta River, as well as sanitary landfills, a sewage treatment plant and mine water settling ponds. Berezitovy has recently expanded to include a heap leach operation to treat low-grade ore.
Berezitovy’s underground decline development project is progressing well. In the third quarter of 2019 final permission for the underground mining operations was received from RosTekhNadzor while in the second quarter design documents for the project were approved by Russia’s State Expert Review Board (Glavgosexpertiza).