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Russian diamond miner announces auctions and award of high sustainability ranking

20.Jun 2018.

Russian diamond mining major Alrosa announce on Thursday that it would hold auctions in Hong Kong and Vladivostok for large rough diamonds. The Hong Kong auction will start on June 13 and will run until June 27. The Vladivostok auction would start on June 18 and conclude on June 29. In both cases, the rough stones being auctioned will each weigh more than 10.8 ct.

Both auctions are of gem quality stones. In Hong Kong, the corporation would auction 105 lots with a total weight of 1 620 ct. In Vladivostok, it would auction 130 lots, with a total weight of 2 149 ct. The diamonds would come from Alrosa itself and two of its subsidiaries: Alrosa-Nyurba and Severalmaz. The group had invited 150 companies, from Belgium, China, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the US to attend the auctions.

“Interaction with the Asia-Pacific countries is one of Alrosa’s key activities today,” pointed out USO Alrosa executive committee member and director Evgeny Agureev. “Vladivostok and Hong Kong are two excellent sites for attracting customers from these regions. Moreover, thanks to good demand noted at the previous auctions, we decided to revise the previously approved schedule and to hold not two but four auctions in Vladivostok in 2018.”

In addition, there would be another auction in Hong Kong this year. It would be part of the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair, being held in September.

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Separately, Alrosa also announced on Thursday that it had been ranked among the top five companies in the “Polar Index” sustainability rating for Russian enterprises operating in the Arctic. The index had been drawn up by the Project Office of Arctic Development and Lomonosov Moscow State University’s Faculty of Economics (Department of Environmental Economics).

The index is based on the United Nations-approved concept of sustainable development. “It takes into consideration a number of parameters, divided into three groups: economic, social and environmental,” explained Alrosa in its press release. “At the second stage, an expert survey is carried out in the form of a questionnaire. Experts put scores on a ten-point scale to all participating companies in three blocks of questions – economic, social and environmental. The questionnaire takes into account the territorial specifics as much as possible; the questions are devoted to the work of companies precisely in arctic conditions.”

Alrosa is responsible for nearly 33% of global rough diamond production. Its name is an acronym; the full title of the company is Joint Stock Company Almazy Rossii-Sakha. The Russian federal government owns fractionally more than 33% of the group, the Sakha (regional) government holds 25%, eight municipal districts within Sakha together have 8% and just under 34% is free-floating (owned by other entities and by individuals).

Source: miningweekly