The Andash mine issue is the most critical among all mines in Talas region, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Joomart Otorbayev told reporters on August 8.
“This is just because the mine itself is in close proximity to Kopuro-Bazar village. I met with villagers 2.5 years ago and they were against development of the mine at that time. A future investor, who will develop the mine, should obtain approval of locals, the investor should explain to people how the area will be developed,” the Prime Minister said.
Though the mine is promising, people do not see benefits from its development, he added.
The Andash gold and cooper mine lies in north-east of Talas region. It was discovered in 1962. Its reserves are estimated at 47 tons of gold and more than 70,000 tons of copper.
The local community is against development of the mine since it is just 1 km away of the village, Economy Ministry's Subsurface Use Division Chief Almaz Alimbekov said in November 2013.
“Time will be required to explain to people benefits of the project. A good example in Talas region is necessary to let people see effects. We thought the investor would start development of the Jerooy gold mine, then people would see benefits of the project for local budget, work places, investments,” the official said.
The Kentor Gold, founder of the Andash Mining Ltd, left Kyrgyzstan due to its financial crisis, not protests of population, Alimbekov stated.
“They have a huge mine in Australia. They spent all their money for that mine, but they found less gold than projected and they had no money for further development of the mine in Australia. They did not have money for development of the Andash mine. They abandoned the project due to financial difficulties. Robust Resources Limited acquired the project,” he said.
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