May 17, 2020

[REPORT] North Kazakhstan to Open Gold Mine in 2015

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The World Bank
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[REPORT] North Kazakhstan to Open Gold Mine in 2015
The Yesil District of North Kazakhstan has begun to develop its Aulie gold deposit, according to a report from Novosti-Kazakhstan.Geologists discovered...

The Yesil District of North Kazakhstan has begun to develop its Aulie gold deposit, according to a report from Novosti-Kazakhstan.

Geologists discovered gold in an area near the village of Bulak.  The Yesil District’s territory includes a population of 180,000 people and the region is believed to house a number of significant deposits of gold, silver, diamond, titanium, non-ferrous, rare metals and coal.

“It is no coincidence that the geologists started searching for gold in this particular area. It has been known that there were precious metals in the area since the 1940s,” an Akimat (municipal authorities) representative said in a statement.

“Construction of the mining and metallurgical plant and the necessary infrastructure will start by the end of 2014.  In 2015, the company will reach its full production capacity.  The production volumes will reach 130,000 tons of ore in 2014 to 600,000 tons in 2018,” the regional administration said.

According to preliminary estimates, the gold deposit amounts to 3 tons with the depth of formation ranging from 6 to 12 meters.  Aulie Gold Mining, a project company of Russian Mining Solutions, will perform the mining.  The project was included in the Industrialization Map of the North Kazakhstan region. 

The project’s design lifetime is until 2021, but it may be extended as further exploration associated with mining will be performed and additional gold deposits may be discovered.  The cost of the project is estimated at $15 million and it is projected to create 265 new jobs.

Additionally, the fine-grained sand found in placers is being studied to identify content of any valuable satellite resources.  Geologists have specifically recommended searching for titanium and zirconium components.

Kazakhstan ranks second only to Russia among the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States in its quantity of mineral production.  Earlier this year, the country announced new mining laws, removing many of the former bureaucratic procedures and roadblocks to obtaining geographical information.  Since then, Kazakhstan’s economy—heavily dependent on the production of minerals—has grown, as foreign investors have been increasingly attracted to its extraction industries. 

The World Bank has listed Kazakhstan among the 20 most attractive countries for investment.   With a focus on the export of raw materials and base metals, less than 20 percent of the country’s mineral production is sold on the domestic market. 

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Jun 2, 2021

Ericsson Private 5G to transform secure on-site connectivity

Smart Mining
3 min
Ericsson Private 5G is a next-gen private cellular 4G & 5G network tailored to drive Industry 4.0 and the digital transformation of industries like mining

Ericsson has launched Ericsson Private 5G. It offers secure and simple 4G LTE and 5G Standalone (SA) connectivity primarily targeting manufacturing, mining and process industries, offshore and power utilities, as well as ports and airports.



Ericsson Private 5G optimizes and simplifies business operations with cloud-based network management, keeps sensitive data on-premise, has zero downtime upgrades and guarantees high performance through Service-Level Agreements (SLAs).

It is easily installed within hours at any facility and can be scaled to support larger coverage areas, more devices and higher capacity when needed. The product is designed to be flexible and will support a range of deployment sizes, depending on requirements, to suit varied needs. Businesses can manage their networks and integrate with IT/OT systems via an open API.


Ericsson Private 5G builds upon Ericsson’s 4G/5G radio and dual mode core technology, enabling a wide variety of use cases for both indoor and outdoor environments while integrating well with business operations, devices and applications. As a result, companies can improve productivity, give their customers more value and provide better working environments for employees.

Innovative use cases include tracking assets and real-time automation to improve productivity in warehouses, and a digital twin that can help to optimize manufacturing operations. Efficient quality inspections can also be performed via augmented reality or smart surveillance drones to increase worker safety, particularly in potentially hazardous environments such as ports and mines.


Ericsson already has a significant track record of operational 4G and 5G private network deployments with customers worldwide. Ericsson Private 5G builds on the success of that solution portfolio and deployment insights, as well as insights from projects such as 5G-Industry Campus Europe.

Peter Burman, Program Manager Mine Automation, at Swedish mining company Boliden, commented: “Automation, and safety through automation in our mining operations is an absolute must for us. Ericsson Private 5G is exactly what Boliden needs to bring high quality, fast and secure connectivity into potentially hazardous environments allowing us to mobilize efficiency and safety improving use cases.

Niels König, Coordinator 5G-Industry Campus Europe, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT added: “Private 5G networks are highly attractive for producing companies because of the uncompromised performance that 5G can bring, allowing them to tackle the challenges of production. Efficiently deploying and using network solutions in enterprises requires simplicity in installation, flexibility in connecting to existing production IT and lean operations while at the same time being able to scale the network to meet future challenges. Ericsson Private 5G delivers exactly these capabilities.”


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Leo Gergs, Senior Analyst, ABI Research, noted: “With this new offering, Ericsson will be able to address key trends in the enterprise cellular market.  The value proposition will appeal to operators and service providers as the solution hides technology complexity and therefore reduces the barrier of entry to deployment for many different flavors of enterprise networks.”

Thomas Noren, Head of Dedicated Networks, Business Area Technologies and New Businesses, Ericsson, revealed: “With Ericsson Private 5G, we take the best of Ericsson’s current portfolio and top it up with the best of our new technology. We do this to give businesses what they need to improve productivity, enable new offerings and give employees a better working environment. With Ericsson Private 5G, we also give operators a better way to serve business customers and leverage their assets - in short, to grow beyond mobile broadband.”

Ericsson recently joined a three-year initiative to develop autonomous, carbon-neutral mining processes supported by 5G connectivity. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the $16mn Next-Generation Carbon-Neutral Pilots for Smart Intelligent Mining Systems (NEXGEN SIMS) project is being coordinated by Swedish mining and infrastructure equipment manufacturer, Epiroc, in cooperation with a range of industry-diverse partners, including: Ericsson, K+S, Boliden, Agnico Eagle Finland, KGHM Polska and Luleå University of Technology.

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