Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Memot gold mine environmental impact study underway

Memot gold mine environmental impact study underway

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The 107.10sq km mining concession area in Memot is highly prospective for gold exploration. POST STAFF

Memot gold mine environmental impact study underway

Renaissance Minerals (Cambodia) Ltd, a subsidiary of Australia-listed Emerald Resources NL, is conducting an Initial Environmental Impact Assessment (IEIA) for a new gold-mine project in Tbong Khmum province’s Memot district.

Located 95km southeast of Renaissance’s existing Okvau Gold Project in Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima district, operations manager Bernie Cleary told The Post that the 107.10sq km mining concession in the Memot area is highly prospective for gold exploration.

“Our vision is to have a net positive impact on near-mine environmental and social values by targeting strict compliance with corporate governance, international guidelines and local law, and engage and collaborate with all stakeholders in the project area,” he said.

In its preparation of its IEIA report, Cleary said Renaissance is engaging the community and identifying potential socio-environmental and archaeological impacts.

When completed, reviewed and approved by the Ministry of Environment, the report will govern the implementation of exploration practices in a socio-environmentally conscious manner, he said.

“Renaissance is currently evaluating historical records of the licence area in order to plan the gold exploration programme which will commence following the issuance of an Environmental Licence,” Cleary added.

The Ministry of Mines and Energy granted initial approval to carry out gold exploration, saying it will formally issue a licence after the standard documentation has been processed, according to a January 28 announcement from Renaissance.

This will follow “completion of an exploration environmental impact assessment approved by the Cambodian Ministry of Environment”, the company said.

Emerald managing director Morgan Hart said the Memot Project complements the company’s existing tenement portfolio and is consistent with its stated aim of increasing its footprint of prospective exploration assets in Cambodia with a view to creating a pipeline of development assets that adds to current resources and reserves at its 1.14-mega-ounce flagship Okvau Gold Project.

He said the Okvau Gold Project remains on time and on budget with commissioning and first gold expected in the second quarter of this year “through the efforts of our dedicated in-house development team.

“The presence of extensive ongoing artisanal workings within the new tenement area and strong indications of significant gold mineralisation from historical records give Emerald another highly prospective gold licence area with strong potential to add to the company’s resource and reserve base in Cambodia,” Hart said.


  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Covid-19 vaccination now obligatory

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 11 issued a sub-decree making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for individuals unless they have a medical certificate proving they have pre-existing health conditions that prevent them from doing so. «This applies to all members of the armed forces and civil servants

  • Time to Rise by rapper, chapei legend is viral hit with ancient-modern mix

    Kong Nay is known internationally as the master of the chapei dang veng, a traditional Cambodian instrument resembling a long-necked lute or guitar with two nylon strings that he was already playing professionally by the age of 15. Nay is sometimes referred to as the Cambodian