Mining & Processing
Both open pit and underground mining methods are currently being considered. Ore widths are thicker than at Asacha, which compensates for a lower (but still high by open pit standards) grade.
As the geology of the Rodnikova deposit is similar to that of Asacha, it is expected that a plant designed to treat Asacha ore would give acceptable performance when treating ore from Rodnikova. This has been supported by preliminary test work.