Garinskoye, 99.6% owned by IRC, is an advanced exploration. The project offers the potential for a low cost DSO-style operation, that can be transitioned into a large- scale long-life open pit mining operation.
The project is located in the Amur Region of the Russian Far East, midway between the BAM and Trans Siberian Railways. With exploration licences for ground covering over 3,500 km2 , the project is the largest in terms of area in the IRC portfolio.
There are two possibilities to develop Garinskoye. The original plan was for a large-scale 4.6 million tonne per annum open-pit operation with a life-of-mine of 20 plus years. Such a large-scale operation is, however, dependent on a rail connection to the Trans Siberian or BAM railways, which is dependent on government’s planning. Consequently, IRC has developed an alternate development opportunity; an intermediate DSO-style operation that does not require a rail connection and can be started up in advance of a larger conventional operation.
The DSO-style plan comprises a pit with a 20.2 mt reserve,48% Fe grade, and a strip ratio of 1.7:1 m3 per tonne. Using conventional truck and hydraulic excavator mining methods, and a simple processing circuit using low intensity dry magnetic separation and small-scale equipment, a 55% grade iron ore fines could be produced. Total capacity would be 1.9 million tonnes a year, with a life of operation of 8 years. The final product would then be transported by purpose-built road to either the Trans Siberian or BAM railways for onward transportation to China. Alternatively, as the project is located adjacent to the Zeya River, which flows directly to China, river barges could be used in the summer months as a lower cost route- to-market. There is an option to further increase the project value at very little additional capital expenditure with the addition of a further wet magnetic separation stage to produce a high-grade “super-concentrate” with an Fe 68% content.
In 2013, IRC completed an internal Bankable Feasibility Study. In 2014, a third-party verification and a fatal flaws analysis for the DSO-style operation was carried out.
Currently, the Garinskoye project was placed on hold while the Group focuses its effort and resources on the commissioning of K&S.
|*Assumed average cut-off grades: Garinskoye 16.5% Fe. The adoption of a lower cut-off grade from 20% in 2014 to 16.5% in 2015 is based on the recent technical and economic feasibility study (as of 31 December 2015).|