Rosgeology Suggests Development In Russia of a New Direction of Environmental Policy

At today's Sochi fifth meeting of the Council in the field of environmental protection under the Integration Committee of EurAsEC, the Director General of Rosgeology Roman Panov made a report.

His speech was devoted to problems in the management of technogenic formations (wastes of mining and processing industries containing valuable components and minerals).

In Russia, technogenic entities are burdened with 55 entities, their volume is estimated at 40 billion tons, including 20 billion tons - dumps of metallurgical enterprises. In 19 subjects the ecological situation with technogenic formations is estimated as tense.

At the same time, these facilities are not just waste, but also a reserve of non-renewable natural resources. To involve them in the economic turnover, modernization of existing and construction of new production facilities on the basis of innovative technological solutions is necessary.

"Enterprises of Rosgeology have long been engaged in the processing of such wastes," Roman Panov said in the speech. - As part of the holding there are specialized organizations for the development of appropriate technologies: "Tula NIGP", Moscow "Tsentrkvarts", "VostSibNIIGGiMS" in Irkutsk. From the development of a new direction of environmental policy - integrated waste management - our country could have a tremendous effect. "

Thus, the result of the involvement of deposits in processing would be the return to the land fund of 1.6 thousand km2 of agricultural land and nature reserves, the improvement of the ecological situation on an area of ​​over 20 thousand km2, the increase in the resource potential of metallurgical enterprises for a number of minerals. It would also be possible to achieve a partial replacement of common minerals with technogenic raw materials for use in construction, agriculture and other branches of the economy.

Rosgeologiya put forward a number of proposals for the introduction of waste management technologies. In the Rosnedra exploration plan for 2015 it is proposed to include the preparation of technical regulations for the study, evaluation and management of man-made wastes, the study of man-caused mineral and raw materials in the framework of pilot projects at the facilities of OJSC Apatit (Murmansk Oblast) and dumps of gold ore and gold deposits in Magadan Region and the Republic of Sakha. It is also necessary to develop additional regulatory and legislative acts of legal regulation to ensure the process of studying and using waste from mining and associated processing industries.

The meeting of the Council was attended by representatives of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan. All present noted the high relevance of the topic, in particular, the need for legislative changes. The proposals of Rosgeology, voiced at the meeting, were supported, which was reflected in the protocol on its results.

For reference:
Rosgeology is a Russian multidisciplinary geological holding company that provides a full range of services related to geological exploration: from regional studies to parametric drilling and monitoring of subsoil conditions. The holding possesses unique competencies, in particular, in the field of marine geology and offshore work.
Rosgeology was established by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of July 15, 2011. No. 957 on the basis of one of the oldest geological exploration enterprises in Russia - "Centergeology". 100% of the capital of Rosgeology is owned by the state.
The enterprises of the holding work in all eight federal districts of Russia. Rosgeology includes 37 enterprises in 30 regions of the country. In total, the holding company has opened more than 1,000 deposits, including the largest hydrocarbon deposits and solid minerals such as Astrakhan (2.5 trillion cubic meters of gas), Tengiz (3.1 billion tons of oil), Kovykta (1.9 trillion cubic meters of gas) , Dry Log (about 2 thousand tons of gold), Kursk magnetic anomaly and many others.
The enterprises of Rosgeology have rich experience in implementing projects abroad: dozens of open fields in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
Rosgeology clients include such companies as Gazprom, Rosneft, Lukoil, Severstal, MMC Norilsk Nickel, Itera, NLMK, Sibuglemet, BP, Chevron and many others.