Udachny Mining and Processing Division (MPD) is a business unit of ALROSA located in Western Yakutia. The division develops the Udachnaya and Zarnitsa kimberlite pipes, Dellyuvialnaya and Ruchey Piropovy placer deposits. Share in ALROSA Group’s production totaled 11% in 2016. In 2016 AROSA started the construction of service lane and infrastructure facilities at Verkhne-Munskoe deposit.
The division employs more than 3,300 people.
Udachny is a city close the Arctic Circle.
The Udachny open-pit mine is one of the world’s largest open-pit diamond mines.
In the foreground – an underground mine Udachny
The first ground-based facilities of the future underground mine, 2006.
In the open-pit mine, 2002.
Loading at the open-pit mine.
On the way to the Zarnitsa pipe.
Repairing a heavy dump truck at the mine transport depot.
On the day when the 300th millionth ton of ore was unloaded at the Udachny open-pit mine, 2005.
Monument to the discoverer of the Zarnitsa pipe – L. Popugaeva – in the central square of the City of Udachny.
Children’s party in the municipal Palace of Culture.
Udachny underground mine
This is the forth and the largest underground mine of ALROSA. The mine was put into production in 2014. In 2019, it is expected to reach the design capacity of 4 million tons of ore per year. Udachny underground mine operates at the same-name kimberlite pipe which has been mined as an open-pit since 1971 until 2015.
Diamond output at the Udachnaya pipe (open-pit and underground mining) in 2016 – 1.324 million carats.
This open-pit operates at Zarnitsa pipe, which was discovered in 1954 and became the very first primary diamond deposit in Soviet Union.
The development of this pipe has been long delayed, because the diamond content in this deposit is far lower than at the Udachnaya pipe. Mining at Zarnitsa began only in 1998, and until now yielded only about 1 million tons of ore per year. In a short-term Zarnitsa will annually produce more than 3 million tons of ore.
Diamond output in 2016 – 734 thousand carats.
ALROSA won the auctions for the right to use subsurface mineral resources of placers, Ruchey Piropovy and Dellyuvialnaya, in 2013. Mining at these deposits was launched in 2015. Diamond output in 2016 – 221 thousand carats.
Kimberlites extracted from the Udachnaya and Zarnitsa pipes are processed at the Processing Plant No. 12, which has a design capacity of up to 11 million tons of ore per year.