Acacia halts North Mara gold processing over leak

Wednesday August 21 2019

 

By Beatrice Materu, The East African

Acacia mining has ceased operations in its North Mara gold mine in Tanzania following a prohibition notice to stop using its tailings storage facility from the National Environment Management Council.

Despite receiving export permits from the Tanzania Mining Commission and the Ministry of Minerals last week, “All gold production at the processing plant at North Mara has been forced to cease since the NEMC Prohibition Notice came to effect,” noted the troubled mining firm in a statement last week.

The notice on July 20 2019, said the mine had failed to contain and prevent seepage from its tailings storage facility and will not operate until the NEMC is satisfied with measures to contain it.

“Production at the plant will not resume until the Notice is lifted,” Acacia said.

Raw mining at the North Mara Gold Mine is, however, unaffected for the time being with mined ore being stockpiled.

Meanwhile, Acacia has resumed the export of gold from North Mara

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