Petropavlovsk has reported the commissioning of its fourth hard-rock gold mine, Albyn, located in the north-east of the Amur region, Russia.

Albyn is an open-pit mine and the company will extract gold using resin-in-pulp treatment.

The first processing line commissioned recently has a design capacity of 1.8Mt of ore per annum.

The commissioning of the second line is expected to be brought forward to the fourth quarter of 2012 from the previously planned 2014.

When both processing lines are in operation, the total capacity of the mine is expected to run at a throughput rate of 3.6Mt of ore per annum, the company said.