Regional News - Asia - April 2017

Alamos Sees Potential in Turkey

Alamos Gold has reported positive results from feasibility studies of its Kirazli and Aği Daği gold projects and from a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of its Çamyurt gold project, all located in Çanakkale province in northwest Turkey. The Kirazli and Aği Daği projects are separated by a distance of about 25 km and will be developed sequentially as stand-alone projects, with Kirazli to be developed first. The Çamyurt project is located approximately 4 km from Aği Daği, and its ore will be processed at the Aği Daği processing facilities after the Aği Daği deposits have been mined out.

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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 Kumtor’s 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.

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Indian Iron Ore Production to Hit 5-year High

India’s iron ore production is expected hit a five-year high at 180 million mt by the close of the current fiscal year (March 31), riding on gains in international prices, a favorable legislative environment and more mines coming back into production. In FY 2010-2011 India produced 207 million mt.

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Regional News - Asia - March 2017

Freeport-McMoRan Updates Status of Indonesia Operations

Following more than five years of discussions, PT Freeport Indonesia’s (PT-FI) and the government have failed to reach an agreement on concentrate exports and other matters related to its contract of work (COW).


Indonesian government regulations passed in January and February require that PT-FI terminate its COW and convert to a special license (IUPK) in order to export its concentrate production. PT-FI advised the government that attempts to enforce this regulation on PT-FI violates its COW and that it is unwilling to terminate its COW unless replaced by a mutually acceptable form of agreement providing fiscal and legal assurances to support its long-term investment plans in Indonesia.

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Permits Face Cancellation in the Philippines

Philippines Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez announced on February 14 that 75 mineral production sharing agreements (MPSA) for mining sites that are within watershed areas face cancellation.

Lopez said show cause orders have been issued to mining companies to allow them to explain why their MPSAs should not be canceled for threatening watersheds. MPSA holders have seven days to reply, she added.

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ASIA - November 2016

Oyu Tolgoi Sets Quarterly Record • Ma’aden Mine and Refinery Reach Commercial Production • Feasibility Study Advances at BKM Copper Project

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ASIA - October 2016

Alacer Contemplates 2-Stage Development for Gediktepe • Philippine Audit Suggests Suspension for 20 Mines

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