Canadian company Centerra Gold's Kumtor operation in the Kyrgyz Republic has received its 2016 maximum allowable emissions (MAE) permit from the Kyrgyz Republic State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry (SAEPF).
Valid until 31 December, this is the first new MAE permit issued by SAEPF to Kumtor since 2014.
Before securing the permit, the operation depended on periodic extensions of its 2014 MAE permit from SAEPF for continuous operations.
The agency also gave approval to Kumtor for its 2016 maximum allowable discharge (MAD) permit, which allows for discharge of treated effluent.
The company hopes to receive environmental expertise (approval) of Kumtor's 2016 mine plan before 30 June this year.
With the MAE and MAD permits in place and the receipt of environmental services, Kumtor will be able to continue its operations throughout the second half of this year.
Through its wholly owned subsidiary Kumtor Gold Company, Centerra owns 100% of the Kumtor gold mine, which is located in the Kyrgyz Republic, 350km south-east of Bishkek and 60km north of the border with China.
The mine produced more than 10.4 million ounces of gold between 1997 and the end of last year.
Kumtor's gold production during last year stood at 520,694oz.
Image: The Kumtor gold mine is located in the Kyrgyz Republic, about 350km southeast of Bishkek. Photo: courtesy of Centerra Gold.