Gold mining companies Highland Gold Mining and Kinross Gold are in talks on establishing a joint enterprise on the basis of Chukotka assets in the Russian Far East, a source familiar with the situation told Interfax news agency on Monday.
According to him, Kinross may include in the joint enterprise both of its existing facilities – Kupol and Dvoinoye, while Highland Gold will include Kekura development project.
Kekura field is located 100 km from Kupol. The same distance is between Kupol and Dvoinoye, what does not hamper Kinross to process ore from both mines on Kupol’s premises.
As it was previously assumed, a total expenditure will amount to $105 million, including $56 million allocated to Kekura.
As a reference, Chukotka is a federal subject of the Russian Federation in the Far East with an area is 737,700 square kilometers. It is the most northeasterly region of Russia.