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RPT-FACTBOX-Russia's gold mining expansion

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Aug 12 (Reuters) - Russia plans to increase its gold output by developing several large deposits in Siberia and the country's far east.

Russia was the world's fifth-largest gold producer in 2008, with a 7.8 percent share of world production. Its reserves are second only to South Africa's.

Following is a list of the world's leading gold miners by production in 2008, and Russia's main gold-producing regions in the first six months of 2009.

THE WORLD'S LARGEST GOLD MINERS

Production (tonnes) Pct of 2008

2008 2007 world output

Total 2,415.6 2,478.0 100.0

1. China 292.0 280.5 12.1 2. United States 234.5 238.0 9.7 3. South Africa 233.3 269.9 9.7 4. Australia 215.2 246.4 8.9 5. Russia 188.7 169.3 7.8 6. Peru 179.5 169.6 7.4 7. Canada 96.4 102.2 4.0 8. Indonesia 94.7 146.6 3.9 Source: GFMS Ltd.

RUSSIA'S LARGEST GOLD-PRODUCING REGIONS

Production (tonnes)

H1 2009 H1 2008 Pct of 2008

output

Total 77.35 62.06 100.0

1. Chukotka 15.40 2.43 19.9 2. Krasnoyarsk 14.35 16.30 18.6 3. Amur 8.81 5.24 11.4 4. Khabarovsk 5.62 6.77 7.3 5. Yakutia 4.73 4.50 6.1 6. Irkutsk 4.21 3.96 5.4 7. Magadan 3.91 3.80 5.1 8. Buryatia 2.72 2.53 3.5 * Chukotka, Amur, Khabarovsk, Yakutia and Magadan are all in Russia's Far Eastern Federal Region. Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Buryatia are all in the Siberian Federal Region. Source: Russian Gold Industrialists' Union.

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