Fire at Darasun Mine


Moscow. – A fire had broken out at about 07h00 (Moscow time) in the underground part of the Central shaft at the Darasun mining complex in Chita, South Eastern Siberia. The exact cause of the fire has yet to be established but according to first reports, it was caused by welding works being undertaken in the shaft. At the time of this announcement thirty-one of sixty-four employees working in the shaft and in the mining areas have been evacuated. Several rescue teams belonging to the Ministry of Emergency Situations as well as the Company’s own local emergency units are working to evacuate the miners remaining underground and to contain and extinguish the fire.

An emergency and communication centre has been set up at the local office of the Darasun mine, as well as in the Moscow Office of Russdragmet, the managing company operating the Darasun complex. Ivan Koulakov, Deputy Chairman of Highland Gold Mining Company, and various mining and safety specialists from Russdragmet will be flying to Darasun tonight to assist in the rescue operation. The Company will continue to release information as it becomes available.

For further information please contact: Moscow : +7 (495) 777 3155

Henry Horne, Managing Director


Dmitry Yakushkin, Director of Communications