ArmInfo.On August 21, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan held a regular meeting on the problems with the development of the Amulsar Gold Mine. The head of the Armenian government wrote about this on his Facebook page.
According to him, the meeting was also attended by representatives of the Lydian company, which is engaged in the development of the mine. "I was interested in the possible stages of the project processes, the methods of managing possible risks and the government's leverage," wrote Nikol Pashinyan, adding that work on such an important topic would continue.
A few minutes later, another Prime Minister's post appeared on Facebook, stating that today the Government Staff sent the ELARD company's conclusion to the Ministry of the Environment with an order to find out if the report actually contains data that, according to the legislation of Armenia, requires conducting a new environmental impact assessment.
It should be noted that earlier Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan actually pave the way for the development of the Amulsar mine. During a live broadcast on his Facebook page, the head of government stated that the Armenian government will constantly monitor during the development of the mine. He once again assured that if facts were suddenly revealed that would cast doubt on the feasibility of exploiting the mine, the Armenian government would be ready to consider it, since it was not constrained by anything.
To recall, on August 14, the Investigative Committee of Armenia presented an expert opinion on the Amulsar project of the consulting Earthlink & Advanced Resources Development (ELARD) company. Based on the conclusion of the examination, the IC of Armenia stated that there is no direct connection between the underground waters located on the territory of the Amulsar project and the thermal hot springs of Jermuk. There is also no connection with the waters of the Sevan basin. Moreover, as indicated in the IC, during an earthquake, a certain concentration of acid drainage can penetrate into the basin of Lake Sevan through the Spandaryan and Ketchut reservoirs. However, the combination of this concentration will be insignificant on the scale of Lake Sevan. The third important conclusion, on the Arpa, Vorotan and Darb rivers, can be mitigated if Lydian Armenia takes 16 environmental mitigation measures proposed by experts. As the head of the IC Hayk Grigoryan pointed out, Lydian Armenia representatives have already expressed their readiness to implement 15 of the proposed 16 events: they are already carrying out 10 events, 5 will be ready to conduct them in the near future. Lydian Armenia is a subsidiary of British Lydian International. The Amulsar project is the largest industrial project in Armenia today for the development of the Amulsar gold mine with a total value of $ 370 million. In August 2016, the start of the project involving the construction and development of the deposit took place.