Alarm Signal: Brownish Mass Flowing from Kavart Mine Polluted Voghji

Alarm Signal: Brownish Mass Flowing from Kavart Mine Polluted Voghji


On May 6, 2020, the Voghji River in the Kapan area turned brown, which is due to acid rain in the river during precipitation from the area of ​​the abandoned Kavart mine. During his press conference in Kapan on January 25, 2020, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that the abandoned Kavart mine would be reclaimed.

He said that "Environment Minister Erik Grigoryan assured that the mine will be reclaimed very soon." Erik Grigoryan is not the Minister of Environment since May 5. In response to the question from "Haykakan Zhamanak" daily addressed to Erik Grigoryan in February of this year, the
RA Ministry of Environment stated informed, "According to preliminary estimates, the cost of reclamation works at the central site of the Kapan copper mine will be 3 billion 277 million 800 thousand AMD. Ministry of Environment is requesting 820 million AMD in funding for the preparation of design documents for the restoration of the area within the framework of medium-term expenditure programs for 2021-2023.” 

In the post-Soviet years, the last right to operate the mine was with the Canadian company Deno Gold Mining, which in 2011, however, refused to operate the mine without developing it until the end, considering it unprofitable and handed it over to the state. The mine remains open, constantly polluting the environment.

May 07, 2020 at 14:24