Tukhmanuk gold and polymetallic deposit (2004)

Tukhmanuk gold and polymetallic deposit

Risk Level: 3

Parameter Data Level
Pb, mg/kg soil 13532 3
Zn, mg/kg soil 4847 3
As, mg/kg, soil 8019 3

Disastrous Condition
Critical Condition
Normal Condition

Tukhmanuk Gold-Polymetallic Mine Causing Environmental Disaster


The reserves of Tukhmanuk gold-polymetallic mine, which were submitted to State Reserve Committee of Armenia in 2004 and were approved, are as follows: ore – 1247.03 thousand tons, gold – 7939.85 kg, silver – 44.362 tons, lead - 16876 tons, and zinc - 6045 tons.

The mine is located in Aragatsotn Region, 3.5 km south from Meliq Village, at the absolute height of 2300-2800 meters.

These data are taken from the book by Hrachya Avagyan, Chief Specialist at the Institute of Economics of NAS RA, Dr in Geological Sciences, entitled “Ways and Prospects of Mining and Metallurgical Industries in the Republic of Armenia” (Yerevan 2011, “Gitutyun” Publishing House, Institute of Economics of NAS RA).

Under EcoLur’s Ecological Risk Model, the mine hazard category is 3, i.e. it will cause disastrous condition to human health and environment due to the excessive concentrations of lead and zinc.

Under the official information provided by Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, as of 01.07.2013 the right to soil management of Tukhmanuk gold-polymetallic mine for mining has been issued to “Mego Gold” LLC.

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