The public hearings on increasing the annual productivity of Teghout Copper Molybdenum Combine of 142.2 million tons by 15 million tons were held in Teghout Community. Nevertheless, the locals demanded from 'Teghout' CJSC to give a solution to the existing problems and to discuss the increase in the productivity in the context of common problems.
Hovik Nikoghosyan, Head of Environmental Department of "Lernametalurgiai Institute" (CJSC), said they plan to enlarge the open mine area within the frames of this project, but they don't plan to increase the volumes of the tailing dump.
'In the frames of the project, the open mine area of 91.8 ha will be increased by 11 ha. The area of the dumps is 129.8 ha, which will be sufficient for us till the fall of 2038. The tailing pipe of the tailing dump will be replaced with a new one, while the old one will serve as a reserve one. Our tailing dump will serve us for 21 years, if we work within the same volumes,' Hovik Nikoghosyan said.
He also informed that floating pumps will be used. Under Nikoghosyan, 'Teghout' CJSC annually takes 8,442,000 m3 water from the Debed River, while now the company will take 15 million m3. 288,000 m3 water will be taken from the Shnogh River and now 61,000 m3 will be taken. According to Nikoghosyan, the water volume taken from the Shnogh River will be reduced, as the construction works in the pebble workshop have been finished and it now daily works for 3 hours instead of 8 hours. The combine takes its drinking water from 'Lori-Berd' aqueduct, and it will now take 36,000 m3 water instead of previous 24000 m3 water.
More details will be available in EcoLur's upcoming publications.
17:24 August 25, 2017