Kinross Starts Drilling in Russia’s Chulbatka Project

Canadian gold mining company Kinross Gold has completed the $283-million acquisition of the Chulbatkan heap leach development project in Russia, and has started a comprehensive drilling programme aimed at updating the resource base by year-end, Mining Technology reported.

Kinross will be spending about $10-million on initial exploration drilling at Chulbatkan during the year. The company is also planning to convert estimated mineral resources to estimated mineral reserves, complete prefeasibility and feasibility studies for the project within about three years, and is targeting a subsequent two-year construction period.

Kinross in October received anti-monopoly approval from Russian regulators for its deal with N-Mining. All other conditions precedent regarding the acquisition have been satisfied.

Based on due diligence work and internal analysis, Kinross currently estimates about 3.9-million gold ounces in indicated mineral resources and 80 000 gold ounces in estimated inferred mineral resources for the project.

The footprint of the current Chulbatkan resource represents less than 1% of the total 120 km2 licence area, which hosts multiple, untested high-quality targets.

In accordance with the acquisition agreement, the first instalment of $141.5-million, plus $3.1-million of ordinary course working capital adjustments, representing about 50% of the $283-million purchase price, were paid.

Chulbatkan is located in the Khabarovsk region of Far East Russia, about the same distance from the company’s regional office in Magadan as its existing Kupol and Dvoinoye operations.

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