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ArticleName ALROSA’s hydrogeological services: Current problems and future considerations
DOI 10.17580/gzh.2021.05.01
ArticleAuthor Yannikov A. M., Korepanov A. Yu., Zyryanov I. V.

Yakutniproalmaz Institute, ALROSA, Mirny, Russia:

A. M. Yannikov, Head of Laboratory for Geological Problems of Mineral Mining, Candidate of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences,
A. Yu. Korepanov, Head of Hydrogeological Research Sector at Laboratory for Geological Problems of Mineral Mining


Mirny Polytechnic Institute (Division), Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University, Mirny, Russia:
I. V. Zyryanov, Head of Chair, Professor, Doctor of Engineering Sciences


The Russian Federation is a leading diamond producer at the moment, and ALROSA is Russia’s largest diamond mining company. It operates a number of placers and primary deposits in the diamond-bearing provinces in Yakutia and in the Arkhangelsk Region. The challenges and economic problems currently facing the Company call for diverse managerial decisions, including optimization of production and enhancement of operating efficiency. The article gives a brief description of Company’s hydrogeological services and their transformations. The hydrogeological, geological and gas-dynamic conditions of operated deposits are assessed. Alternatives of optimized interaction between different structural divisions of the Company are proposed, and the promising activities aimed at safe mining and at expansion of theoretical framework for generation and implementation of technological innovations are identified. The proposed consolidation of high-skilled hydrogeologists can enable technological optimization at the preserved personnel resources and maximized competences. Hydrogeological supervision of mining operations from a united center can promote advancement of hydrogeology as a school at the Company, at the sustained and even increased potency. Further development of such promising hydrogeology research areas as Quaternary Hydrogeology, Structural Hydrogeology, Geochemistry of Groundwater in Different Physical States, etc. requires tight cooperation and contiguity between the Company and topranked research centers of the Russian Federation.

keywords ALROSA, Yakutia diamond province, placers and primary deposits, hydrogeological support, carbonate reservoirs, saturated and nonsaturated brines

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