On April 22 EcoLur send an enquiry to the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry based on alarm signals received from Gndevaz Villagers an unknown company is developing the lead mine with high radiation background near Amoulsar Mountain. EcoLur raised the questions such as what kind of mine is in development, whether radiation background in Amoulsar has been measured and what are the outcomes of these measurements.
Energy and Natural Resources Ministry reply dated on 06.05.2011, N 07/24.1/17.06-11 says there is no uranium in Amoulsar. The Ministry represented by K. Ghahramanyan relies only on Geoteam data, the Armenian representative of Lidian International, which was issued the license for Amoulsar mine development numbered 14/588 dated on 03.04.2009 and concluded license agreement N 458 dated on 28.12.2009. “We inform that addressed questions were discussed with Geoteam Company Director Hayk Aloyan who said about 3500 samples were taken from Amoulsar gold- quartzite mine in the course of geological prospecting and analyzed at ‘ALS Chemex’ Laboratory (Vancouver, Canada). The amount of radioactive substances in the samples did not exceed 0,0002%’.
For our part we would like to mention the information about radioactive raw material reserves in Amoulsar is laid down in G. P. Aloyan’s scientific article (see http://ecolur.org/ru/news/nuclear-energy/still-in-2007-scientists-turned-out-to-have-estimated-armenian-uranium-reserves-v-about-100000 tons/2409/), which uses the library materials by А. Е. Kocharyan, B. I. Pugilski, V. V. Shelkhovski, M. A. Yengoyan, L. S. Rudnitskaya, R. E. Kochinyan and A. M. Antroptsev.
In regard Amoulsar the article says that “Amoulsar demonstration of uranium is located 4 km to the south-west from Ketchout Village and 5 km to the north-west from the top of Ketchout mountain. The content of uranium varies in a wide range– from one thousandth to 0,5 %, with average content of 0,025–0,03 % for 5 more significant land areas. About 76 tons of uranium has been estimated in five areas of Amoulsar demonstration, if to estimate the uranium in the thorium area the total amount of uranium can amount to 100 tons.’
We would like to remind these and other data served as a basis for establishing Armenian-Russian Mining Company which has an exclusive right to geological prospecting and extraction of the raw material in Armenia based on Government decision N 234 dated on 6 March 2008.
Government decision N 234 dated on 6 March 2008 has a reference to the government decision N 228 “On establishing Armenian-Russian Mining Company CJSC.” Energy and Natural Resources Ministry is a 50% shareholder and we expect the Ministry to follow company interests and to base on specified data under the discretion of Armenian-Russian Mining Company CJSC and not any other company.
12:09 May 18, 2011