The authorities of Bashkiria will receive proposals for environmental projects, a program for the elimination of the "white seas" on Mount Shakhtau and further prospects for the development of shikhan below sea level. This was stated by the general director of the Bashkir Soda Company (BSK) Eduard Davydov during the oil and gas chemical forum in Ufa.
Mount Kushtau was given the status of a natural monument. The corresponding decree was signed by the head of the region Radiy Khabirov. It is planned that Kushtau will be used as a source of raw materials for BSC. At the same time, the company decided to continue development below sea level of Shikhan Shakhtau. The plant has been using limestone from it since the times of the USSR.
So far we decided to leave without pain until 15–18 meters [ниже уровня моря на месторождении Шахтау], this will provide us with raw materials until mid-2027. And we will work out a set of activities, we will present to you for study what needs to be done to go deeper there. How to pump out water, how to purify it, where to dump it, what are the options and what are the consequences. We are preparing for this, - said Davydov to Khabirov.
In response, the head of Bashkiria noted that when deciding to go into the depths, one needs to gather and consider a number of issues, and promised to "lend his shoulder in everything",
Two years ago, BSK announced that the enterprise could stop production after 2022 due to a lack of raw materials. Since the last century, the company has been developing one of the four shikhans - Shakhtau, but today it has almost completely disappeared. At the same time, of the three remaining ones, only Mount Tratau is suitable for development, but it is also in the status of a natural object. In return, the Bashkir government proposed that the BSC begin development at Kushtau, and to save the remaining shikhans, Khabirov signed a decree on the creation of the Toratau geopark with the inclusion of natural monuments of republican significance in the Tratau and Yuraktau mountains.
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