ArmInfo. During the development of the Amulsar mine, the results of the 1952-1954 expedition were not taken into account. Minister of Environment of Armenia Erik Grigoryan stated on April 9 at a meeting of Inquiry Committee for Studying the legality validity and reliability of financial and other reports submitted to the bodies of executive power and adopted by them in the framework of investment programs in the area of industrial metal mining.
According to him, in the framework of the criminal case, it is necessary to answer this question whether this fact is an attempt to conceal the results of those studies, or is this an omission on the part of the state body. As the Minister noted, significant deviations were made in the implementation of the program. And if the company has the opportunity to change them, it must do so.
In October last year, the minister noted that if the Lydian Armenia company developing the dmine hid or falsified data on uranium reserves at Amulsar, this would lead to serious consequences for it. On September 5 of last year, the Ministry addressed a letter to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, in which it was noted about the results of the Gromov expedition conducted in 1952-1954. The package, which concerns the availability of uranium, was sent to the Investigative Committee, and if it turns out that the research procedures of Lydian were violated, the company will face serious problems.
It should be noted that despite the assurances of the Lydian company that about $ 400 million has already been invested in the development project of the Amulsar gold mine, local ecologists do not share the government's enthusiasm about the attractiveness of the mine's development plan. Environmentalists fear that the development of mine, during which sodium cyanide will be used, may lead to the oxidation of water in rivers. Contaminated waters will become unsuitable for drinking and irrigation and may cause irreparable harm to the mineral springs of Jermuk and the ecosystem of Sevan. In addition to the water basin, the public is also concerned about the possible presence of uranium reserves in the mine.
So, Doctor of Geological Sciences Petros Gevorg Aloyan in his ""Uranium content of geological formations in Armenia " work, the famous scientist, referring to the data of the Gromov expedition, noted that the Amulsar occurrence of uranium is located 4 km southeast of the village of Ketchut and 5 km to northwest of the top of the mountain of the same name. Approximately 76 tons of uranium were calculated for five sections of the Amulsar occurrence, and taking into account uranium in the thorium section, its total reserves can be estimated at 100 tons. Moreover, according to the research of another scientist, Professor G.S. Avagyan, according to 40 samples of Amulsar ore, there are 195 tons of uranium and thorium there. Meanwhile, the development of uranium mines requires a special government permit, which Lydian does not have. According to the company, the mine contains about 73733 kg of gold with an average grade of 0.78 g per ton, as well as 294.367 tons of silver with an average grade of 9.29 g per ton, at the same time, not a word about uranium itself.