Production of Iron Ores at Masalsky Deposit in Akmola Region

Type of Minerals

Major Elements: Iron (Fe)

Infrastructure and Description of the Area

The Masalsky deposit is located in Zharkain district of Akmola region, 16 km east of the station Priishimskaya railway branch of Yesil-Arkalyk, in north-western part of Central Kazakhstan, the so-called Yessil (Ishim) Luke, located on the border of Kazakh hills with Turgay lowlands..

Brief Description

Masalsky deposit is confined to Masalsky intrusive masses having a size of 3×3.5 km. As a result of exploration operations conducted in 2008-2012, the ore body is defined in the form of a complex with pinches pole in the central part of the incident to the east-southeast. The ore body to the surface of the basement is in the southern part of the section has a rounded shape, size 1.25h1.0 km; in the northern part, the contour of the body on the surface of the foundation is elongated, elongated in the direction of sublatitudinal shape, size 1.0h0.3km. The isthmus between the southern and northern parts extends in a north-northern-western direction, the dimensions are 0.3 x 0.2 km.

Reserves/Resources and Brief Description of Geology

The reserves of the deposit are estimated as JORC classification and classification of SRC RK. Total operating ore reserves of categories C1 and C2 (registered in the State balance by Minutes № 1327-13-V of SRC RK, dated 09.02.2013) are 729 155 727 tons with an average iron content – 15.82%.

Current status

Since 2014, the search for an investor has been underway.

In 2014-2017, technological and marketing research was carried out, the feasibility study of the Project was developed (the conclusion of the state expertise was obtained).

In 2018-2020, alternative implementation options were considered, together with research institutes, work was carried out to search for new enrichment technologies.

Additional Information and Notes

The Project operator is Masalsky Mining and Processing Plant LLP, which 99,18% of share is owned by JSC NMC Tau-Ken Samruk.