Armanis gold and polymetallic deposit (2011)

Armanis gold and polymetallic deposit

Risk Level: 3

Parameter Data Level
Cu, mg/kg soil 10825 3
Pb, mg/kg soil 12156 3
Zn, mg/kg soil 26006 3

Disastrous Condition
Critical Condition
Normal Condition

Armanis Gold-Polymetallic Mine Hazard Category 3


The balanced reserves of copper in Armanis gold-polymetallic mine make up 158.6 thousand tons, lead – 178100 tons, zinc – 381000 tons, gold – 12814 kg, silver – 165.3 tons, cadmium – 2358.0 tons, bismuth – 38.0 tons and selenium – 69.8 tons.

The mine is located in Stepanavan area, Lori Region, 4-5 km west from Stepanavan town.

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 copper, 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 Armanis gold-polymetallic mine for mining has been issued to “Sagamar” CJSC.

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