Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 19 February 2010 – AngloGold Ashanti Limited “’ the world’s No. 3 gold producer “’ has announced that it has suspended operations at its Iduapriem mine in Ghana, in order to find a new storage facility for environmentally harmful mine tailings.
In a statement released here, Anglogold said it had suspended operations at the mine after discussions with the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana (EPA) over what was called potentially adverse environmental impacts arising from the current tailings storage facility.
“In conjunction with the EPA, we have identified an interim location for tailings storage and will work with the agency over the next month to make this operational,” the company added.
Anglogold said it was working to fast-track the development of a new tailings storage facility water treatment plant, which it aimed to commission by early 2011.
A large proportion of the lost output would be recovered over the course of the year, the company said.
The Iduapriem mine produced 190 000 ounces of gold last year, making up about 4% of Anglogold’s total gold output.