SHOWCASE MINE OF THE WEEK - UDACHNY DIAMOND MINE!!
Udachny diamond mine located in the Eastern-Siberian Region of Russia is currently the fourth deepest open pit mine in the world. The Udachny pit is currently 630m deep. Mining at the Udachnaya kimberlite pipe has been going on since 1971. The Udachny mine is owned and operated by Russia’s state-owned company Alrosa. The mine produced ten million carats of diamond per year until 2011. The probable contained diamond reserve at the open-pit was estimated to be 4.4 million carats as of July 2013. The Udachny open pit operation is scheduled to close in 2014 with the opening of Udachny underground mine which is under construction. The contained diamond reserves for Udachny underground mining are estimated to be more than 108 million carats - Mining Technology. For a view of the mine please click on the link below: https://lnkd.in/drTA5nW