The Mongolian Parliament’s designation of the Gatsuurt Gold Project as a mineral deposit of strategic importance paves the way for Centerra Gold to advance development of the project. It allows the company to move forward within the application of the Water and Forest Law and also allows Mongolia to acquire up to a 34% interest in the project, which is 35km from Centerra’s operating Boroo mine.
Centerra is continuing its discussions with the Mongolian Government relating to development of the project as well as the level of Mongolian state ownership. Further development of the project will be subject to, among other things, receiving Parliamentary approval of the Mongolia’s state ownership as well as all required approvals and regulatory commissioning from the Mongolian Government.
Centerra’s president and CEO Ian Atkinson says, “I am very pleased that Parliament has declared Gatsuurt as a project of strategic importance to Mongolia. Centerra has had very productive discussions with the Government during the past year which we expect will continue as we finalize the permits and agreements that need to be put in place prior to Gatsuurt beginning production.
“We have operated the Boroo Mine for more than 10 years and look forward to developing the Gatsuurt project which we expect will allow us to continue to operate in Mongolia for many more years to come.”
The project will be developed in accordance with all applicable Mongolian environmental regulations and international standards, consistent with the standards adopted by the Boroo mine. Gatsuurt’s estimated mineral reserves as at December 31, 2013 were 17.1 million tonnes at an average grade of 2.9 grams/tonne gold containing 1.6 million ounces of gold using a cut-off grade of 1.4 grams/tonne.
Provided that the final approvals and regulatory commissioning are received for the project, the company plans to mine the ore at Gatsuurt and truck it to the existing Boroo mill to be processed. Under the current plan for Gatsuurt, the company expects to process approximately 3.6 million tonnes of CIP ore with an average grade of 2.86 grams/tonne through the Boroo facility in the first two and a half operating years of the Gatsuurt project.
During this time, a BIOX facility is planned to be added to the existing Boroo facility which will be used for the processing of the remaining BIOX ores totalling approximately 13.5 million tonnes with an average grade of 2.92 grams/tonne.