Introduction of cyanide leaching at the Chelopech gold and copper mine
Briefing | 19 May 2008
The Chelopech Mining project is separated in two parts: Phase 1 focusing on environmental improvements; and Phase 2 proposing the expansion of metals production through the introduction of cyanide leaching technology. EBRD approved a USD 10 million loan for Phase 1 in 2004. Phase 2 has been under review since 2005, and there has been no progress due to the blocking of the project by the Bulgarian Ministry for the Environment and Waters at the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) stage in March 2006. The project has received a ‘B’ categorisation, although the activities proposed under Phase 2 carry risks for human health and the environment, thus calling for category ‘A’.
Theme: Other harmful projects | Mining | Balkans