On August 28, 2023, for the first time in the Republic of Kazakhstan, a unique workshop for the production of branded (refined) selenium with a content of at least 99.5% of the main component was opened in the city of Balkhash at the production facilities of Kazakhmys Progress LLP. The reagent-free technology and environmentally friendly vacuum equipment were developed by the scientists of JSC “Institute of Metallurgy and Ore Beneficiation” of Satbayev University. The planned annual volume of processed crude selenium is 75 tons, which is produced at the Balkhash copper smelter of Kazakhmys Smelting LLP. At the same time, more than 60 tons of refined selenium, which is in demand on all world metal markets, will be obtained, and gold and silver, which were lost with black selenium, will be additionally returned to production.
The opening ceremony of the selenium refining production site of Kazakhmys Progress LLP was attended by Chairman of the Board of Kazakhmys Corporation LLP – Nurakhmet Nuriev, Chairman of the Science Committee of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Darkhan Akhmed-Zaki, Deputy Akim of the Karaganda region – Vadim Basin, Rector of NJSC “Satbayev Kazakh National Technical University (Satbayev University) – Meiram Begentaev, General Director of JSC “Institute of Metallurgy and Ore Beneficiation” – Bagdaulet Kenzhaliyev, Akim of Balkhash – Sapar Sataev, Vice-Rector for Science and Corporate Development of Satbayev University – Yerzhan Kuldeev, Deputy General Director of JSC Institute of Metallurgy and Ore Beneficiation – Sergey Trebukhov.