Water drive dynamics and time history prediction in the Low Cambrian aquifer within Daldyn kimberlite field

Udachnaya pipe mining within Daldyn kimberlite field uses the underground method with advanced water depression inside the Middle Cambrian aquifer inside the boundaries of the mine field. The rate of inflow of saturated brines with mineralization from 380 to 410 g/l reaches 270–300 m3/h and increases with growing depth of mining. Safe management of highly mineralized water is a challenging problem and needs a prompt and well-thought-of engineering solution. Currently drain water management includes commercial-scale injection of water in the permafrost strata. Since 2021 Udachny mine injects drain water in the permeable zones of the regional Low Cambrian aquifer at the depth of 1400–1700 m below ground surface. This study discusses the further prospects of using the Low-Cambrian aquifer for the injection of water. The computer-assisted hydrogeological modeling produced an integrated prediction of water drive changes within a period of ten years. Three stages of pilot operation of injection sites are investigated, the tectonic structure of the area is analyzed, and the basic hydrodynamic parameters of the target permeable zones are characterized.

Keywords: Yakutian Diamond Province, Daldyn kimberlite field, Udachnaya mine, highly mineralized natural brines, Low Cambrian aquifer, permeable carbonate zones, advanced water depression, drainage systems.
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Yannikov A. M., Zyryanov I. V., Korepanov A. Yu., Struchkova A. S. Water drive dynamics and time history prediction in the Low Cambrian aquifer within Daldyn kimberlite field. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2022;(9):60-73. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236_ 1493_2022_9_0_60.

Issue number: 9
Year: 2022
Page number: 60-73
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 556.334
DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2022_9_0_60
Article receipt date: 12.07.2022
Date of review receipt: 29.07.2022
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.08.2022
About authors:

A.M. Yannikov1, Cand. Sci. (Geol. Mineral.), Head of Laboratory, e-mail: yannikov90@mail.ru, ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2169-123Х,
I.V. Zyrianov, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Head of Chair, e-mail: iv.zyrianov@s-vfu.ru, Mirny Polytechnic Institute, Branch of Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University, 678174 Mirny, Russia,
A.Yu. Korepanov1, Head of Sector, e-mail: korepanovayu@alrosa.ru, ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3593-2524,
A.S. Struchkova1, Head of Sector, e-mail: StruchkovaAS@alrosa.ru,
1 «Yakutniproalmaz» Institute, PJSC «ALROSA», 678174 Mirny, Russia.


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Yannikov A.M., e-mail: yannikov90@mail.ru.


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