Kumtor exceeds 2021 gold output steerage underneath nationalized administration

The Kyrgyz State-owned firm additionally stated it had lopped off $220 per ounce from the general manufacturing price determine with out offering the present price determine. Based on Centerra’s final steerage, Kutor was anticipated to have manufacturing prices of $400 to $450 per ounce and all-in sustaining prices of $950 to $1,000 per ounce.

KGC reported complete income of $856, of which $621 million was generated following the state’s seizure of the mine.

KGC additional reported that Kumtor had achieved full compliance underneath the Kyrgyz tax regime for the primary time, paying $160.4 million in taxes, a 150% enhance in contrast with prior durations.

KGC stated Kumtor was now set to implement its improvement plans for 2022. These embody growing its annual gold manufacturing to 17,000 kilograms (600,000 ounces) by implementing sustainable improvement tasks to enhance mineral processing expertise, enhance gold restoration, and cut back mine tailings. The important thing to this might be commencing underground mining operations, transferring the mine away from its present open-cast setup.

KGC introduced the 2021 manufacturing report back to the Kyrgyz cupboard this week. The report got here amid negotiations by the federal government of Kyrgyzstan and Centerra to succeed in an amicable settlement to the dispute over the possession of the Kumtor mine.

Throughout its administration by Centerra Gold, the Kyrgyz state seized the Kumtor asset final yr amid longstanding issues about environmental injury, labour legislation violations, corruption, and different operational points across the mine. Mockingly, Centerra operated Kumtor underneath yearly permitted government-sanctioned ecological administration and mining plans whereas reaching an settlement with the federal government that each one different issues have been resolved.

In Could of 2021, Centerra kicked off arbitration towards the Kyrgyzstan authorities after it took over the nation’s greatest mine for allegedly posing a hazard to human lives or the surroundings.

A Kyrgyzstan court docket imposed a $3.1 billion fantastic on KGC, which operates the 550,000-ounce gold mine, after ruling that the agency had violated environmental legal guidelines by putting the waste rock on glaciers.

Centerra has denied all of the allegations and declined to touch upon the most recent Kumtor manufacturing report.

KGC is the nation’s greatest asset. It’s chargeable for 12% of Kyrgyzstan’s gross home product and 23% of its industrial output.

Centerra’s Toronto-quoted shares are nonetheless recovering from the Kumtor expropriation and at C$10.30 apiece are nonetheless buying and selling 27% beneath the year-earlier degree. Centerra has a market capitalization of C$3.07 billion (US$2.5 billion).


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