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(Kitco News) - Nord Gold, the internationally diversified gold producer, announced today that it has started a certification audit of its asset management systems against ISO 55000, the international asset management standard.

Nordgold said it has engaged BSI (British Standards Institution), the global leader in management system certification services and internationally recognised expert in standards, to conduct the audit at the Moscow corporate office, Bissa, Lefa mines in West Africa and at its flagship Gross operation in Russia.

The ongoing certification audit is expected to be finalised by the end of June 2021. The company added that due to travel restrictions related with global pandemic, the audit is being conducted remotely using augmented reality, virtual reality, and drone technology to demonstrate full compliance to the auditors.

CEO Nikolai Zelenski commented, "Nordgold is committed to continuously enhancing its management systems to ensure effective control of day-to-day activities and business efficiencies. We await the results of the certification audit and are grateful for all the continued hard work from our teams across our sites. By complying with ISO 55000 we will make sure our asset management system is in-line with best practices ensuring our mobile and fixed plant assets deliver maximum value to the business."

Nordgold is an internationally diversified one-million-ounce gold producer with about 7,800 people operating a portfolio of nine mines (in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Russia and Kazakhstan) and a number of development and exploration projects in West Africa, Eurasia and the Americas. Since 2013, Nordgold has successfully constructed three gold mines, including two in Burkina Faso (Bouly and Bissa) and most recently, the Gross mine in Russia.

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