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Mining begins at Siberian copper behemoth

Pre-production mining has begun at Russia’s giant Udokan copper deposit, a project described by its owner, Metalloinvest Group subsidiary Baikal Mining Company (BMC), as the world’s third-largest undeveloped copper resource.

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BMC's Udokan copper deposit is located in Siberia's Kalar District in the east of Russia

BMC board chairman Valery Kazikayev said the company had started "capital development including stripping of Udokan deposit in order to provide access to minable minerals from the surface".