GeoMining Company once again wants to search for polymetals in Vardenis mining area of Gegharkunik region. The company has submitted an application for preliminary assessment of the geological survey for 2019-2021 to the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Armenia. The second public hearings of this project are appointed on September 12 at 12:00 in Tsovinar Community in Gegharkunik Region and on the same day at 4:00 pm in the residence of the administrative head of Vardahovit settlement of Yeghegis community in Vayots Dzor Region.
It should be noted that GeoMining also filed a request to search for metals in the Vardenis mining area in 2015 and 2017. The main shareholder of this company is the Canadian “Dundee Precious Metals” Company, which previously operated the Shahumyan gold-polymetallic mine in Syunik Region. According to the project, the company plans to search for gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead and molybdenum in 195 km2 (19 483.56 ha) mining site in the administrative areas of Yeghegis and Malishka in Vayots Dzor Region, Tsovinar, Artsvanist, Kartchaghbyur communities in Gegharkounik Region.The application states that the company has been conducting exploration activities in the mining area since 2012. The three prospective sites “eagle”, “bear”, and “haze” were identified with different mineralization types. In the previous application, the company also planned to investigate these sites at.
According to the project, 7 red-listed species of plants can be found in the lower parts of the requested area. It is noted that the requested area is a habitat for 7 red-listed species of birds registered in the RA Red Book.
14:30 September 05, 2019