Hanqavan copper and molybdenum deposit (2011)

Hanqavan copper and molybdenum deposit


Risk Level: 3

Parameter Data Level
Mo, mg/kg soil 234 3
S, mg/kg, soil 319 2


 
Disastrous Condition
 
Critical Condition
 
Normal Condition

Hazard of Hanqavan Copper and Molybdenum Mine – Category III

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Under geologist assessments, the anticipated resources of molybdenum area of Hanqavan copper and molybdenum mine make up as follows: ore – 256.7 million tons, molybdenum – 60.3 thousand tons, rhenium – 34.9 tons (average concentration in ore – 0.136 g/t,  molybdenite ore -  345.92 g/t), under scholar geologists’ data (G. Pijyan, 1975) silver – 2.05 tons (the average concentration in molybdenite ore makes up 10.0 g/t, the reserves and resources of molybdenite ore jointly make up 204871 tons), selenium – 53.06 tons (the average concentration in molybdenite ore makes up 259 g/t), tellurium -  17.0 tons (average concentration – 83.0 g/t), bismuth – 0.92 tons (average concentration – 4.49 g/t), germanium – 0.2 tons (average concentration – 0.98 g/t), gallium -  2.05 tons (average concentration – 10.0 g/t), sulphur – 82070 tons.

The mine is located in Hrazdan area, Kotayk Region, 35 km north-west from Hrazdan Town, in the upper currents of the Marmarik River and in immediate neighborhood of Hanqavan settlement.

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).

The mine territory, which contains all the aforementioned elements and metals in powder, poses high risks for environment and health. Under EcoLur’s Ecological Risk Model, the mine hazard category is 3, i.e. disastrous due to molybdenum and sulfur.

Under the official information provided by Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, as of 01.07.2013 the right to soil management of Hanqavan copper and molybdenum mine for mining has been issued to “Golden Ore” LLC.

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