This is by 17.1% higher than in 2015.
2/3 of the volume was produced in the Akmola and East-Kazakhstan regions.
Gold production made up 74.6 tons in 2016 in Kazakhstan, which is by 17.1% higher than in 2015. More than a half of this volume (37.7 tons) made up fine gold of higher level of purification.
In the past years there is a tendency to the gold production growth. Only in 2013 the increase of volumes made up only 6.6%, in 2014 – 18%, in 2015 – 26.4%.
The largest volume was produced in the Akmola region – 35.1% in Kazakhstan, 26.2 tons, +25.9% a year. Such large companies as «Altyntau Resources» JSC (affiliate of Kazzinc), MMK Kazakhaltyn, RG Gold etc. work in the region.
The second is the East-Kazakhstan region – 30.7% in Kazakhstan, 22.9 tons, +6.2% a year. A gold mining plant of Altay Ken-Bayytu company, branch of «Altyntau Vostok», Camp-Vostok etc. work there.
The third one on the production of crude and semi-finished gold is Astana – 16.6% in Kazakhstan, 12.4 tons, +22.6% a year. There is the Tau-Ken Altyn LLP plant (subdivision of Tau-Ken Samruk).
In the Eastern Kazakstan GoldBridges Global Resources (former Hambledon Mining) plans to produce 40 thousand ounces of gold at the Sekisovsky deposit in 2017 (this is about 1.2 tons of pure gold). In 2018 the company plans to increase the volume to 60 thousand ounces, in 2019 – 100 thousand ounces a year.
“Mining and Insutrial company Horizon” on the extraction, processing and enrichment of polymetals (gold, silver, zinc, lead) was opened in the Akmola region. The total value of this project made up 1.7 bln tenge. The project capacity of the plant is 150-200 thousand tons of ore a year.
A gold mining plant will be constructed in the Aktobe region with the capacity of up to 5 mln tons of gold containing ore a year. «АltynEx Company» develops the Yubileyny deposit since October 2015. The plant extracts 300 thousand tons of ore a year by the underground method. Currently it is planned to turn to ore development with a lower gold content by the open-pit method. In 2017 it is planned to design and start construction.
By the beginning of 2016 the capacities allowed to produce 127.4 tons of crude and semi-finished gold or gold powder.
The loading of capacities reached 45.2% in 2015. Previously it was 40-41%.