Access has been restored at China Nonferrous Gold Limited’s Pakrut Gold Project in the Republic of Tajikistan after an avalanche in late February. The company said the avalanche limited access to the mine but the snow has been cleared and access has returned to normal.

Renovation of the damaged buildings is progressing and a temporary external power restoration program is under way with power supply to the mine expected to resume later this month.

The snow has been melting and while this has helped in gaining access to the mine above ground, it has resulted in certain sections of the mine below 2230 metres being flooded.

Drainage cannot take place until the power supply is restored, which will take time to complete so operations at the mine are not expected to return to normal until the fourth quarter of this year.

Discussions with the company’s insurance provider are also ongoing following a site visit.

On February 28, AIM-listed China Nonferrous Gold revealed that high levels of snowfall resulted in an avalanche and landslide in the area surrounding the mine, which was expected to have a ‘significant impact’ on gold production.

China Nonferrous Gold Limited, formerly Kryso Resources, was granted an exploration and trial licence over the Pakrut Licence area, covering 63sqkm, in April 2004. The licence area is in the Tien Shan Gold Belt, the world’s second largest known gold belt that extends from near the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan through the northern part of Tajikistan into China.

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