Hanqasar Copper and Molybdenum Mine Not Developed for Around 7 Years To Be Closed Down

Hanqasar Copper and Molybdenum Mine Not Developed for Around 7 Years To Be Closed Down

Hanqasar copper and molybdenum mine in Syunik Region, which has been developed for only 2 years, will be closed. An application for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Hanqasar Mine Closure Project has been submitted to Environment Ministry for environmental expert assessment.

The right to soil management of the mine was issued to "Ler-X" LLC for a period of 2012-2032: Hanqasar copper and molybdenum mine has not been developed since 2014. The company operated Hanqasar mine in the closed manner.

There is no information on the reasons for the mine closure in EIA application. However, Garegin Gabrielyan, Head of Department of Nature Protection, Agriculture and Economic Development Programs of Qajaran Municipality, during his meeting with EcoLur, mentioned the economic reasons.

"They say the resources are not economically profitable, that's why it didn't work." The locals cited the problem of contamination of the Geghi River with the mine after the operation of the mine. Ler-X ore dressing plant was to operate on a fully circulating water use system. However, this system did not work for various technical and organizational reasons. As a result, the clarified waters of the tailings dam flooded the Geghi River. By the way, Geghi River supplies drinking water to Kapan Community, the regional center of Syunik.

"The Odabara River, a right tributary of the Geghi River, flows through the territory of Hanqasar, where the waters of Hanqasar underground mine flow. Within five years after the closure of the mine, a quarterly monitoring of the water flowing from the two mines, as well as the Odabara River, should be carried out. The monitoring of soil pollution in the mine area will be carried out at least once every six months for the next five years,” the EIA project says.

Hanqasar Copper and Molybdenum Combine consists of a mine, an ore dressing plan plant and a tailings farm. Under the project, currently the volume of waste in the tailings dam is 455 thousand tons. The closure program of Hanqasar mining complex will be carried out in two phases: closure phase and post-care phase.

July 26, 2021 at 18:48