Lowering the barriers is quite a real goal in our industry, but this stage is going on slower than in other industries right now. For instance, the declarative principle of subsurface use licensing has been in place for 7 years. During this time, deposits were discovered and their production began in a number of tracts. We need to reduce the time it takes to review a declaration, to steer away from rejections based on technicalities — Alexander Kozlov, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.
Amendments and modifications to the current legislative framework need to be planned to minimize regulated times for carrying out investment projects. The time to begin carrying out a project is 4–5 years from the time it is initiated: including the deposit in the list of licensed sites, taking into account the bidding for the right to use subsurface resources, design and survey work, expert opinions, providing infrastructure. We can reduce all this many times and carry out investment projects much faster — Anna Tsivileva, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kolmar Group.
We suggest, and here we are fully in agreement with the suggestion of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, reducing administrative barriers to geological exploration and production, including allowing work at the same time for different types of resources by several subsurface users at the borders of mining allotments — Aysen Nikolaev, Head of Sakha Republic (Yakutia).