Evraz takes Timir stake

STEEL producer Evraz has bought a majority stake in a Russian iron ore project for 4.95bn roubles (£104m), it said yesterday.

The FTSE-listed firm, which is partly controlled by Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich, has bought a 51 per cent stake in the Timir project.

State-run diamond miner Alrosa will own the remaining 49 per cent holding.

Timir, in the southern part of Yakutia in Russia, has a total mineral resource base of 3.5bn tonnes, according to Evraz.

Evraz head Alexander Frolov said yesterday the realisation of the Timir project marked an “important milestone” for the company’s strategy.