VSMPO-AVISMA, Russia mineral extraction

Titanium production reduction is not in plans of VSMPO-Avisma

VSMPO-Avisma plans to support the level of titanium production at 28 thousand tons a year during the next 7 years. It is stated in the materials of company’s consolidated financial statements for 2015.

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Russian Govt may support production of alloy raw materials

The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources has offered a range of state benefits for development of deposits, providing Russian steelmakers with alloy raw materials to reduce their dependence on imports (more than $500 million per year). Thus, the Ministry proposes to nullify the severance tax for new projects, to use the Federal State Reserve Agency’s purchases to support the demand, to decrease tariffs of monopolies. A number of manufacturers welcome the idea of ​​the state support, but the position of metallurgists is more cautious: according to sources of the Kommersant, the imported alternative holds back prices of the Russian raw materials suppliers.
The Ministry of Natural Resources has proposed to support the development of deposits of solid minerals that are important to reduce dependence on imports of iron and steel on account of the budget; this follows from the letter of the Deputy Minister, head of Rosnedra Evgeny Kiselyov dated April 8 to the Ministry of Industry. The Ministry prepared the proposals on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, who held a meeting with steelmakers in February.

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Russia: Gold exploration analysis

In 2016, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation began preparation of anti-stress measures to support the subsoil users willing to invest in the expansion of the mineral resource base through geological exploration. The head of Ministry of Natural Resources Sergei Donskoy predicts that in the current year the exploration in the world and in Russia in particular will fall by 10 - 20% due to volatile prices for mineral resources on markets. But the state can’t afford companies to stop geological survey, especially in the field of solid mineral production: in the case of stop of the geological exploration already ten years later it will be possible to talk about the lack of resources for the metallurgical complex of the country.
To expand and deepen
Despite the Ministry of Natural Resources’ forecasts, the companies that work for the long term, continue to search for new deposits. The tool is launch of the application principle to areas for research: at the request of the companies the state allow them to carry out exploration in areas of potential mineral deposits without auctions and competitions. "For two years, since the principle was introduced, the subsoil users filed 746 applications for high-risk exploration works. Upon review, 305 licenses have been already issued, given that prior to the introduction of the bid principle we issued only 25 licenses per year, "- emphasizes Sergei Donskoy.

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