Environmental sampling at the Khundii Gold Project Site
The ESIA was conducted to meet the performance requirements of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The Project entails open-pit mine development, gold processing using carbon in pulp technology, detoxified and filtered tailings disposal, off-grid power, water supply borefield, and new worker accommodations for its construction and operations phases.
Ramboll provided input studies for the assessment of impacts in the areas of transport, air quality, soils, geography, landscape, and water resources. These studies include detailed technical assessments and predictive modelling to define the Project’s area of influence and its potential impacts on sensitive receptors, including traditional nomadic herder communities. Ramboll’s specialists, led by John Miragliotta – Impact Assessment Lead for Asia Pacific, also provided advice on project design options to reduce the impacts and improve project sustainability in regard to mine waste and tailings management, power supply and water resource development. The ESIA studies were integrated with those required for national EIA and permitting, providing significant efficiency of time and costs while maintaining oversight of data gathering to ensure quality.
Erdene’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Peter Akerley noted that “The independent ESIA details Erdene’s commitment to responsible mine development and transparency for all stakeholders. This assessment is a decisive point for the evolution of the Khundii Gold Project, which will contribute to the vitality and economic diversification of Bayankhongor province and the development of Mongolia’s hard rock gold mining industry.”
Read more in the official press release here.