Bakyrchik Polymetal Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
Polymetal have a brownfield gold mining project in the East Kazakhstan Oblast. The deposit has been mined intermittently since 1956 and has been operating under Care & Maintenance since 1997; improved processing technology will allow the company to economically extract gold from double-refractory ore.
Wardell Armstrong International were commissioned to take the Project through a full EBRD compliant Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), beginning with Environmental and Social Scoping and progressing to baseline collection and impact assessment. We considered the mining legacy, existing baseline and the effect of new processing technology on the environment. The ESIA was disclosed to the EBRD in February 2017 and subsequently approved for an EBRD loan of US$140 million in May 2017.