MOSCOW, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Russian gold output rose by 13.3 percent to 184.49 tonnes in last year from 162.84 tonnes a year ago mainly on the back of increased mine output, the country’s main industry lobby said on Friday.
This is above the Russian Gold Industrialists Union earlier forecast of an 8 percent overall rise after five years of decline.
Output from mines rose by 13.1 percent to 163.89 tonnes in 2008 from 144.85 tonnes in 2007, a union statement said.
Output achieved by refining gold from scrap rose by 22.9 percent to 8.14 tonnes from 5.87 tonnes. Production of gold as a by-product of other metals rose 2.8 percent to 12.46 tonnes from 12.12 tonnes, it said.
Most Russian gold is mined in the country’s east.
It was followed by the Siberian Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the far eastern Amur region, union data showed. (Reporting by Aleksandras Budrys)