Nanokvarts! In Ugra preparing to launch a unique plant

The first phase of the first Russian plant to produce high-purity quartz concentrate will be launched in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug (Khanty-Mansiysk, Yugra) in June of this year.


In 2014, the plant will operate at full capacity. This is the Tyumen Oblast Duma said General Director of "Development Corporation" (project "Ural Industrial — Ural Polar"), Alexander Beletsky. "Almost ten years of the project" Polar Quartz, "and much success in its implementation was not. Moreover, in 2011, when we took on the project audit, we found that the issue was not resolved utilization of sewage, which meant an increase of 20 thousand tons of ore, which was to be made, the order of 10-15 thousand tons of waste (fluoride acid) was thrown into the river. Therefore, the corporation in 2011, the main task set for itself — to work out fully the cycle. This year, the work is completed. On today resolved the issue by recycling wastewater, respectively, emissions into the river will not "- passed his word RIA" Novosti ".

The idea to build a high-tech complex in Nyagan producing quartz concentrate, powder and powder capacity exceeding 10 tonnes per year was born at the end of the last century. Prerequisites for the implementation seemed to be a hundred percent. In the Autonomous Okrug is the raw material for the production of this — more than 1 million tons of high-purity quartz Neroyskoy group, and the need for quartz concentrate the world market at the turn of the century were estimated to total more than $ 1 billion a year. And this market is growing rapidly — quartz micro-and nano-powders, as well as high-purity quartz concentrates are the basis of nano-electronic, optical, lighting engineering and chemical industries. In addition, the quartz concentrate is used as a raw material for the manufacture of quartz crucibles in which grown electronic and solar monocrystalline silicon. The success of the project, it would seem, was promoted by the technology on which of the Ugra quartz was made quartz concentrate and powder — it developed in the U.S. in the laboratories of Quartz Technology Inc MRL and North Carolina State University, and in Germany by Dorfner Anzaplan.

But in fact, this high demand not only in the West but also in the Russian draft did not go in the Khanty-Mansiysk. The main reason for this, obviously, is that the power of Ugra decided early on to do it completely on their own, with their own money (project worth 4.5 billion rubles), and without the involvement of any of the federal specialized players. And to some extent it was justified, since the turn of the century money from the main oil-producing region of the country was much, and to match their numbers in the area appeared to swing a lot of projects on the global level. However, in 2003, when the government of Yugra laid the foundation stone processing plant in Nyagan and the beginning of construction of the workshop crushing and photometric enrichment in Ust-Puyve, the federal center has redistributed income of the donor regions in their favor, and in Khanty-Mansiysk at once deeply reflect on the fact what to do with this project.

Several years ago, the project "Polar Quartz" on the rights of the "junior partner" was involved "Ural Industrial — Ural Polar" (UP-UP), which was established in late 2006 the authorities of Khanty-Mansiysk, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (Yamal) Tyumen, Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk regions for the development of deposits of solid minerals in the Khanty-Mansi and Yamal. Extraction and processing of quartz ore in Nyagan become recognized as one of the major projects of UP-UP. However, it is fundamentally the situation in the project for processing of polar quartz has not changed, although the UP-UP managed to pay off debts of 1.5 billion rubles, which were formed at the "Polar Quartz." In June of last year to 1.3 billion rubles in the project decided to make a state-owned corporation "RUSNANO", which, according to the general director of "Polar Quartz" Alexei Kononenko, will be another shareholder of the company. For the sake of this "RUSNANO" even amended its charter as a public company. "Any process chain starts with the raw material, as in the previous version of the statute," RUSNANO "nothing was said about the possibility of financing projects for the production of raw materials for nanotechnology, while at the same time, the aim of building production chains in nanotechnology has been designated. Changes in the charter aligning the company’s goals and financing projects ", — said the RIA" Novosti "chief expert" RUSNANO "Valery Dalin, adding that it’s not just about the production of quartz concentrate, but also on projects related to the preparation of single crystals of sapphire , polycrystalline silicon, quartz concentrates germanium wafers, etc. However, "RUSNANO" in respect of "Polar Quartz" also operates extremely slowly, however the first phase of the plant for the production of high-purity quartz concentrate this summer in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District obviously, will be launched. However, it is unclear whether there will be by the time the power of Yugra is still the controlling shareholder of the project.

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