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Market Cap: 255.05M
Phone: +44 (0)20 7201 8900
Address: 11 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HH.
Petropavlovsk PLC

Petropavlovsk PLC

Petropavlovsk is one of Russia’s leading gold mining companies. We operate some of the largest gold mines in Russia in terms of their gold production output, processing capacity and resource base. Furthermore, our assets have untapped exploration potential. We are a leading employer and contributor to the development of the local economy in the Amur region, Russian Far East, where we have operated since 1994. As at 31 December 2014, we have produced approximately 5.5Moz of gold.

The Company is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (Ticker POG:LN).

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Big picture - Why invest in Petropavlovsk PLC

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Where we operate

The Group has operated in Russia since 1994 and today is a leading Russian gold producer.

The Group’s core assets are located in the Amur region in the Russian Far East, which lies across one of the world’s major belts of mineralisation. The region benefits from good infrastructure and access to hydroelectric power and boasts a strong mining tradition. Petropavlovsk is a leading regional employer and contributor to the development of the region’s local economy.

Our People

Our qualified, experienced and motivated staff are central to our success.

We are one of the largest employers in the Amur region, Russian Far East. The majority of our workforce are Russian nationals, and many are local to the region. This has enabled us to draw on local knowledge and experience.

The continued growth and success of the Group depends on our ability to attract, train, develop and retain the best possible workforce.

Our Core Assets

The Group currently operates four hard-rock gold mines which are among the largest gold mines in Russia. Gold is currently processed in on-site resin-in-pulp (RIP) plants and/or heap leach facilities.

Our Exploration Potential

The Group’s exploration programme is focussed on areas close to its mine sites, identifying new targets which could be processed in the Group’s existing facilities. The Group’s Reserves and Resources as of 31 December 2015 stood at 9.21Moz and 25.83Moz respectively.

Our Expertise

Our mines were developed within сompetitive time frames in-house using our exploration, engineering and construction expertise. We operate a network of laboratories and design, research and test centres to support exploration and mine development.

Our Way of Working

The Group is committed to upholding the highest environmental standards, as required by Russian legislation.

Pioneer - Overview

Pioneer is one of the largest gold mines in Russia.

Acquired as a greenfield site in 2001, it was subsequently extensively explored and developed by the Group. A small-scale RIP plant was commissioned in 2008 and subsequently expanded in phases using the Group’s in-house expertise.

At present, the capacity of the Pioneer RIP plant is approximately 6.6Mtpa. In addition, the mine operates a seasonal heap-leaching facility.

Between its commissioning by the Group in 2008 and 31 December 2014, the mine has produced approximately 1.9Moz of gold.

As at 31 December 2014, Pioneer had approximately 5.5Moz of Mineral Resources, of which approximately 2.9Moz were Ore Reserves.

The total licence area for the Pioneer project covers 524.8km2 and is still being actively explored. Group geologists consider that many areas within the Pioneer project area have the potential to add to the mine’s reserve base.

Pokrovskiy - Overview

Pokrovskiy is a hard-rock, open-pit gold mine.

The mine was the Group’s first producing asset. It was acquired by Dr Pavel Maslovskiy when it was still at an early stage of exploration and the Group was created in 1994 in order to finance the project’s development. It produced its first gold from its heap-leach facility in 1999 and in 2002 its RIP plant was commissioned. To date, the mine has produced approximately 1.9Moz of gold since commissioning in 1999. Consequently, the Pokrovka-1 deposit is almost depleted. To prolong the mine life, mining has been gradually shifting to satellite deposits.

As at 31 December 2014, total Mineral Resources for the Pokrovskiy project were 1.3Moz, of which 0.39Moz were Ore Reserves.

In order, amongst other factors, to take advantage of the mine’s existing facilities and infrastructure, the Group has plans to convert the mine into a “hub” for the processing of its refractory ores, using pressure oxidation (“POX”) technology. More may be found here.

Malomir - Overview

Malomir is a hard-rock, open-pit gold mine.

Malomir is one of the largest gold mines in Russia in terms of its JORC Reserves and Resources. As at 31 December 2014, Mineral Resources stood at 6.5Moz of which 2.91Moz were Ore Reserves.

The Malomir project area covers 821.3km2 and is still being actively explored. Group geologists have identified areas which have the potential to add to the mine’s reserve base.

The first licence for the Malomir project was acquired by the Group in 2003. Then a greenfield site, Malomir was subsequently explored, developed and built utilising the Group’s in-house expertise.

Malomir has produced approximately 426,000oz of gold since commissioning in mid-2010.

Albyn - Overview

Albyn is the newest of the Group’s mines. The site was acquired in 2005 and subsequently explored developed and built utilising the Group’s in-house expertise. An on-site RIP plant was commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2011 which has since produced approximately 411,000oz of gold between commissioning and 31 December 2014.

The main Albyn licence covers an area of 40km2. However, three additional licences, namely Kharginskoye, Elginskoye and Afanasievskaya, were acquired close, or adjacent to, the Albyn site, and are therefore considered part of the project. These licence areas give the Albyn project a combined total area of more than 1,160km2, of which large parts remain under-explored.

In accordance with the Company's announcements to Shareholders on 2 February 2015 and 29 April 2015, the size of the Board is being reduced to reflect the reduced size of the Company's market capitalisation relative to its previous levels. 

The 'new' Board will comprise of three executive Directors: Mr Peter Hambro, Executive Chairman, Dr Pavel Maslovskiy, Chief Executive Officer, Mr Andrey Maruta, Chief Financial Officer and four Non-Executive Directors.   The Non-Executive Directors will comprise Sir Roderic Lyne, Mr Robert Jenkins and two other Non-Executive Directors who will be selected by the Board together with representatives of former holders of the Group's 4% Convertible Bonds due 2015.  This selection process is ongoing and the Board is working together with these representatives to ensure that the new Board is constituted in a timely manner in order to provide continuity.

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General inquiries: London Office

Petropavlovsk PLC
11 Grosvenor Place
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7201 8900
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7201 8901
E-mail:  [email protected]

Investor Relations Contact
Alya Samokhvalova - Group Head of External Communications

Petropavlovsk PLC
11 Grosvenor Place
United Kingdom
Telephone:  +44 (0) 20 7201 8900
E-mail:  [email protected]

Media Contact
Neil Bennett, George Trefgarne, James Isola and Seda Ambartsumian

Orion House
5 Upper St Martin’s Lane
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7379 5151

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