In May, Kinross Russia completed another ice road season after successfully transporting more than 80,000 tons of cargo between Kupol and the port of Pevek over five months.
In October-November 2020, construction of the winter road was launched when two teams at Kupol and Pevek began working their way towards each other. The road was opened for transportation in January 2021. From January to April, the 360 km ice road is the only ground route that connects Kupol with the Pevek seaport. For the remainder of the year, Kupol is accessible only by air. Each fall, teams begin rebuilding the winter road to allow for transportation of supplies and fuel to the mine over the winter months.
In line with our top priority of safety, all drivers undergo intensive training to prevent the risk of accidents while driving in challenging winter conditions. Road signs, delineators and information boards are also installed along the ice road to ensure safety and provide navigation for the drivers.
We look forward to another safe and successful year of construction and operation of the winter road in 2022!