Two workers missing in waste rock dump incident

December 1, 2019 Mining Editor

Two workers are missing feared dead following the movement of waste rock at a Canadian owned Gold-mining company (Centerra Gold) in Kyrgyzstan.

Candian listed miner Centerra Gold Inc reported that the miners went missing following a “significant rock movement” at a waste rock dump.

In a statement, the company said an emergency evacuation of all mine personnel from the area and an immediate cessation of mining operations was completed.

“Two Kumtor employees who were working in the area did not report to the emergency gathering area and remain missing. Centerra’s first priority at this time is to locate the missing employees through a search and rescue operation which began immediately and is ongoing in cooperation with the Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Emergencies”

“The Company has also notified all relevant government authorities and the families of the missing employees”

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Scott Perry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Centerra said, “Our primary focus right now remains on the safe return of our two missing employees and the safety of our search and rescue teams who are working in very challenging circumstances. While the search continues, we are coordinating closely with the family members of the missing employees and our thoughts and support are with the families, the search and rescue teams, as well as with the entire Kumtor team.”

Company halts operations for waste rock dump incident

Open-pit mining operations have been temporarily halted and the mine plan is being re-evaluated. The Company said it will not be in a position to make any comments about the re-start of open-pit mining operations until the search and rescue efforts have been completed and a revised mine plan has been developed.

The mine previously reported two significant incidents this year in its safety report to shareholders. It is not known if the prior incidents were related to the waste rock dump incident.

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