Kumtor Receives Permit to Raise Tailings Dam

Centerra Gold reported that the Kumtor operation, located in the Kyrgyz Republic, has received the necessary permits from the state authorities to raise the tailings dam to the 3,674-meter (m) elevation. The construction permits enable the mine to commence the 3-year construction program to provide adequate tailings storage capacity for Kumtorís mill tailings deposition from 2021 through the end of 2024. The tailings dam construction in 2017 is the first such construction required to contain the additional 3.6 million oz of gold reserves that resulted from the KS-13 pit expansion.

The tailings dam approval process at Kumtor requires the mine to permit each of the 3-m tailings dam raises. After the initial raise is completed in 2020, the mine would then submit a design to raise the dam to the final elevation of 3,677.5 starting in 2021.

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