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Orlovsky Mine

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Mine TypeUnderground
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Lead
Mining Method
  • Drift & Fill
Backfill type ... Lock
Production Start... Lock
SnapshotOrlovsky mine is one of three underground mines in the East Region. The ore from these mines is processed at the Orlovsky and Nikolayevsky concentrators.
Related AssetEast Region (Kazakhstan) Complex


Nova Resources B.V. 100 % Indirect
Vostoktsvetmet LLC (operator) 100 % Direct
KAZ Minerals has been wholly acquired by Nova Resources BV to support the Company’s pursuit of a capital-intensive strategy focused on long-term growth.

KAZ Minerals Limited is a high growth copper company focused on large scale, low cost, open pit mining in Kazakhstan. It operates the Aktogay and Bozshakol open pit copper mines in the Abay and Pavlodar regions of Kazakhstan, three underground mines and associated concentrators in the Abay and East regions of Kazakhstan and the Bozymchak copper-gold mine in Kyrgyzstan.

Vostoktsvetmet is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KAZ Minerals.

Deposit type

  • VMS


Orlovsky is an active underground mine exploiting a large, polymetallic, high grade, and gold rich VMS deposit. It comprises the Main Orebody, which comprises an upper and lower part with an irregular pod-like shape, 20° to 30° dip to the SW, average thickness of 35m and down-dip extent of 600 m. It is now almost worked out, with the remaining resources consisting of remnant blocks distributed in the lower part of the orebody and representing some 25% of the whole deposit. A 0.85 Mt oxidised cap on the upper part of the orebody has been excluded from the resources since until now, no technology has been successfully developed to treat it.

350 m to the SW of the lower part of the Main Orebody is the New Orebody comprising a southern portion with a 10° to 15° dip to the SW and thickness of up to 56m and a northern portion with very high grade and thickness of 5-20 m. The combined New Orebody occupies a surface area in long section of some 250 m by 150 m and accounts for the rest of the resources in the deposit.



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Copper Concentrate kt  ....  Subscribe142173176219254
Zinc Metal in concentrate kt  ....  Subscribe12252440
Zinc Concentrate kt 88100
Gold Metal in copper conc. oz 00
Silver Metal in copper conc. oz 00

Operational metrics

Ore tonnes mined  ....  Subscribe969 kt1,088 kt1,065 kt1,260 kt1,417 kt
Tonnes processed  ....  Subscribe969 kt1,087 kt1,067 kt1,262 kt
Annual mining capacity  ....  Subscribe1.5 Mt
Annual milling capacity  ....  Subscribe1.5 Mt

Production Costs

Commodity production costs have not been reported.

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