ArmInfo. On August 13 in Yerevan, green activists will hold a bicycle march against the development of the Amulsar field.
According to the event initiators, the march will also demonstrate solidarity and support to the residents of Jermuk, who actively oppose the Amulsar project. As part of the cycling march, the activists plan to drive around the capital's streets and announce the situation in Amulsar through loudspeakers.
The total cost of the Amulsar project is $ 370 million. The life of the deposit is 10 years and 4 months, while it is planned to extract an average of 200 thousand ounces of gold annually. To note, Lydian Armenia is a subsidiary of the British offshore Lydian International. Environmentalists and ordinary citizens are concerned that the operation of the mine may lead to the pollution of the mineral groundwater in Jermuk and Lake Sevan. In addition to the water basin, the public is also concerned about the possible presence of uranium manifestations at the deposit. Environmentalists and activists demand that the positive conclusion on the EIA project be invalidated, since it was adopted with legislative violations, and the document itself contains problems and shortcomings.
Yesterday the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced the completion of its participation in the project for the development of the Amulsar field. Earlier this year, Lydian International, a mining company that faced difficult financial situation, announced a restructuring and was delisted on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development initially took part in the capital of the offshore company Lydian International, registered on the Jersey island, together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which withdrew from the project 2 years ago. The participation of these international donor partners allowed the offshore company to enter the Canadian exchange market and attract additional investment from institutional investors in the form of investment and pension funds. The main lenders today remain Orion Resource Partners, Osisko Mining and Resource Capital.
The Bank Fidanka McGrath notes that the current events around the Amulsar mine bring significant reputational damage to the EBRD, even after the EBRD's stake in Lydian International is liquidated.