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2,160 koz of gold
produced in 2017 (2016: 1,968 koz)
364 $/oz
Total cash cost per ounce sold
621 $/oz
All-in sustaining cash cost
Ore processed, kt
26,445 2016
28,663 2017
Adj. EBITDA $ mln
1,536 2016
1,702 2017
5 5 operating assets: 4 hard-rock mines and alluvial operations
2,721 $ mln
Total Revenue in 2017
Lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) per 200k hours worked in 2017 (2016: 0.13)
Waste management

Waste generation is an unavoidable part of the production process. Mining wastes are primarily tailings, a mixture of rock and water generated during ore treatment. We aim to minimize the potential environmental impact of tailings.

Our sites comply fully with Russian legislation governing the safe operation of tailings storage facilities (TSFs). As an ICMM member, we also meet our commitments under the ICMM Position Statement on Preventing Catastrophic Failure of Tailings Storage Facilities, and implement comprehensive risk assessments related to TSF operation. In addition, special attention is paid to the condition of dams, monitoring wells, other protective measures and related utility systems and networks.

We are always looking for opportunities to recycle and reuse in order to minimize waste. When disposing of waste, we either arrange environmentally safe decontamination and disposal or transfer it to specialized companies.

Polyus has recovered and neutralized over 25% of its waste (classes 1 to 4) in 2016 and over 33% of the total waste (classes 1 to 4) in 2017.

In 2018, Polyus has successfully carried out a Divide and Reuse campaign which involved the following:

  • Launch of thermal destruction units (Forsazh and KTO-50)
  • Review of accumulation and potential recovery of used tires
  • Procurement and installation of containers for separate waste collection
  • Signing of new agreements on recovery of waste restricted for landfill disposal from 1 January 2019 (tires, plastic, paper) with contractors.