ArmInfo.At the government level, attempts are being made to reduce the importance of the Amulsar issue to the public as much as possible, and to limit the dissemination of information regarding the problem. Political scientist Andrias Ghukasyan stated this at a press conference on August 14.
Ghukasyan agreed that during the recent period, the Armenian government has made little informative statements on Amulsar, which, in his opinion, is due to a change in tactics. "Attempts are being made to reduce the importance of the Amulsar issue to the public as much as possible, and to limit the dissemination of information regarding the problem," he said.
The political scientist drew attention to the fact that, according to studies carried out back in the Soviet era, approximately 76 tons of uranium were calculated in the areas of the Amulsar manifestation, which in fact turns Amulsar into a radioactive mountain. This situation cannot but cause concern among experts, who have not yet received a clear answer regarding the risks of developing Amulsar.
Ghukasyan noted that the conclusion of the Elard company on the study financed by the Government of the Republic of Armenia indicates that the permit for subsoil use in Amulsar was issued on the basis of insufficient data. In fact, as the expert noted, this conclusion would have been sufficient for a criminal case, but in fact it was terminated. To recall, the matter concerns a criminal case initiated in the summer of 2018 on the alleged fact of deliberate concealment by officials of the RA Ministry of Nature Protection of data on environmental pollution under the Amulsar project. A year later, the Investigative Committee announced the termination of the case, which was criticized by environmentalists and activists.
Ghukasyan also pointed out that international financial structures have changed their attitude towards the Amulsar project, and earlier the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced the end of its participation in the project. In this regard, the expert called on the RA Government to finally voice its opinion on the development of the Amulsar field.
The total cost of the Amulsar project, which is being implemented by Lydian Armenia, is $ 370 million. The life of the deposit is 10 years and 4 months, while it is planned to produce an average of 200 thousand ounces of gold annually. For a number of years, environmentalists have voiced their concerns about the implementation of the project. Back in 2007, an article by Dr. of Geol.-Mineral sciences G.P. Aloyan was published in the "Mining Journal", in which the uranium reserves at Amulsar are estimated at 100 tons. According to the author, the Amulsar uranium occurrence is located 4 km southeast of the village of Kechut and 5 km northwest of the top of the mountain of the same name. At the same time, taking into account uranium at the thorium site of the Amulsar manifestation, its total reserves can be estimated at 100 tons.