The Project to Extend the Exploitation of Meghradzor Gold Mine for 16.9 Years Reached the Last Stage of Public Hearings

The Project to Extend the Exploitation of Meghradzor Gold Mine for 16.9 Years Reached the Last Stage of Public Hearings

In September 2023, the term of soil management permit owned by "Meghradzor Gold" LLC in regard with Meghradzor gold mine expires. In October 2021, the company submitted to Environment Ministry an application for a preliminary environmental impact assessment of the mine for further operation of the mine.

The draft has already reached the last 4th stage of public discussion. The public discussion will be held on May 24, at 15:00, 2022 in the residence of the administrative head of Meghradzor settlement of Tsaghkadzor community, Kotayk Region. The company reduced the term for further operation of the mine to 16.9 years instead of 17.2 years.

The nearest settlement to the mine is Meghradzor village, located about 0.5 km from the administrative building of the mine, and about 2 km from the underground mine. The presented project envisages extraction of all industrial ores by underground mining.

The annual productivity of the underground mine according to the ore will be 60,000 tons. All underground mountain excavations will be carried out using drilling works. Where the ore will be processed is not specified in the application.

There is no information about the tailings dam in the application. According to the application, hazardous wastes of 3rd and 4th class will be generated at the mine, totaling 34.76 tons per year. Under the project, a total of 1.33 tons of harmful substances are emitted into the annual atmosphere during the explosion, and 3,246 tons during the operation. Nearby specially protected area Arzakan-Meghradzor sanctuary is located 1.3 km in a straight line from the mine. The underground mine employs 99 people.

According to the statement published on the website of the State Register of Legal Entities Agency of RA Justice Ministry, the 100% shareholder of "Meghradzor Gold" LLC is RA citizen Vardan Margaryan.

May 19, 2022 at 15:54