"ELARD" Company to Examine Amulsar Project Risks but Unknown When


"ELARD" International Consultancy Group will examine the EIA and ESIA documentation of Amulsar gold-bearing quartzite mining project with the purpose of finding out the probability of the availability of negative impacts of Amulsar project and the substantiation of the preventative measures.

As the Armenpress informs  Lydian Armenia CJSC (“Lydian Armenia”) has received formal notification from the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Armenia that pursuant to the criminal investigation into alleged withholding of information by employees of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, an international consultancy group, Earth Link, and Advanced Resources Development (“ELARD”) has been selected to review all subject matter covered by Lydian’s EIA/ESIA, to determine the possibility of harmful impacts by the Amulsar Project and the validity of preventative and mitigation measures.

However, the contract award to ELARD is subject to state funding and therefore the audit start date has not yet been announced. The audit is expected to take up to 12 weeks to complete.

The following terms of reference were given to ELARD:

· Water resources impact assessment;

· Geology impact assessment;

· Biodiversity impact assessment;

· Air quality impact assessment; and

· Unprejudiced clarification of technical issues raised by the decision to commission a complex expert examination.

ELARD was established in 1996 in Beirut operating primarily in the Middle-East, Gulf and North Africa.

January 31, 2019 at 19:24