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Centerra Gold receives EIA approval for Öksüt, expects to restart full operations in the coming weeks

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(Kitco News) - Centerra Gold (TSX: CG) (NYSE: CGAU) announced today that the Turkish Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change has approved the amended Environmental Impact Assessment for the Öksüt mine in Türkiye.

“With the EIA approval in hand, along with the receipt of regulatory approvals for the mercury abatement retrofit to the adsorption, desorption and recovery plant, we expect to restart full operations at Öksüt in the coming weeks,” the company said in a press release.

The Öksüt open-pit heap leach mining operations is located in the Kayseri province of south-central Türkiye, 295 km to the southeast of the capital city of Ankara and 48 km directly south of the city of Kayseri.

In January 2018, the company received the final permits required, the Pastureland Permit, for the Öksüt project which paved the way for the project’s future development and in late March 2018 construction activities commenced. After just twenty-two months of construction, the first gold pour occurred January 31, 2020, and the mine achieved commercial production as of May 31, 2020.

On March 18, 2022, Centerra Gold announced that it has temporarily suspended gold doré bar production at the Öksüt mine due to mercury having been detected in the gold room of the adsorption-desorption recovery plant.

Centerra Gold is a Canadian-based gold mining company focused on operating, developing, exploring and acquiring gold and copper properties in North America, Türkiye, and other markets worldwide.

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