Uranium mining companies suspend work due to flood in Kazakhstan

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Astana, Kazakhstan, March 19

By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

Severe flooding has disrupted the work of a number of enterprises belonging to NAC Kazatomprom JSC, the company's press service reported.

"The roads became impassable due to heavy melting snow near the village of Taikonur in the Suzak region of South Kazakhstan. This created problems for the movement of traffic carrying deliveries of reactants to the mining sites of the Kazakh-Canadian joint venture Inkay," JSC reported on March 19.

According to JV Inkay LLP, the company expects the production schedule to take a month to recover after the transport starts moving again.

'Melting snow on the Suzak region`s roads of South Kazakhstan province practically stopped the work of the Geological exploration expedition, 7 branch (part of JSC Volovgeologiya) in the areas of DB Ortalyk LLP, Betpak -Dala LLP and Steppe RU LLP', the report said.

Experts predict the downtime could range from seven to 10 days.

The prophylactic and planned repair operations will be conducted at the units which have been shut down, according to the work plans of the exploration expeditions at Volkovgeology JSC.

Since the beginning of the year, Volkovgeology JSC`s drilling work was carried out ahead of the plan, so the negative effects of the stoppage are not expected.

In order to eliminate the consequences of floods in other regions of South Kazakhstan and Kyzylorda province, Bike-U LLP , CPS-U LLP , Kyzyl Kum LLP enterprises which are included in NAC Kazatomprom JSC allocated 10 units of machinery and sent specialist teams to help rebuild the damaged areas.

"The groups monitoring the situation and operational work were created at the enterprises of Kazatomprom national atomic company in case of necessity,' according to the statement. "The damage as a result of the emergency situation is being calculated."

Translated by S.I.
Edited by S.M.

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