Gold processing to begin next year

Following the recent approval of its environment and social impact assessment by the Ministry of Environment, the kingdom’s first gold-processing plant will begin operations next year, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Mines and Energy said on Monday. ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5096661/gold-processing-begin-next-year/

Miners back at scene of fatal collapse

People appear to have resumed illegal mining activities at a gold mining site in Kratie province, which was shut down by authorities in August after four miners were killed, officials said yesterday. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/miners-back-scene-fatal-collapse

Free Mother Nature activists, say NGOs

Twenty-two NGOs released a joint statement yesterday demanding the release of two activists detained by Koh Kong Provincial Court after recording a video of sand dredging. ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5090564/free-mother-nature-activists-say-ngos/

Emerald expects licence after sanctuary rezoning

Emerald Resources, the Australian-listed mining firm behind Cambodia’s Okvau gold project in Mondulkiri province, is one step closer to receiving an industrial mining licence after it signed an environmental contract with the Ministry of Environment (MoE), the firm announced yesterday. ...

Post Staff
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/emerald-expects-licence-after-sanctuary-rezoning

Mining licences of two Australian firms nixed

The Ministry of Mines and Energy revoked three mineral exploration licences from two different Australian mining firms that failed to meet work performance guidelines, it said​ on the 3rd of August in a release. ...

Post Staff
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/mining-licences-two-australian-firms-nixed

Government OKs four firms for local mineral mining

The Ministry of Mines and Energy announced that it has granted licenses to four different mining companies to explore for potential mineral resources in Kratie, Kampong Thom, Mondulkiri and Kampot. ...

Post Staff
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/government-oks-four-firms-local-mineral-mining

Kratie locals block sand-mining trucks

Angry residents in Kratie town’s Krakor commune yesterday protested against a sand-mining company they accuse of damaging a local road. The protesters used their vehicles to block the company’s trucks from driving on the road. ...

Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/39691/kratie-locals-block-sand-mining-trucks/

Four large companies bag mining licences

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has issued licences to four mining companies to extract minerals and precious metals in four provinces, according to a statement issued by the ministry. The four companies – Renaissance Minerals (Cambodia) Ltd., Kiri Resources Co. Ltd., Samnang Angkor Development Co. ...

Sum Manet
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/39684/four-large-companies-bag-mining-licences/

New facility worries activists

Activists say a new sand-processing facility is under construction in Koh Kong’s Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary, in the vicinity of the area where two companies were granted permission to conduct environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for sand-dredging projects, documents show, despite a standing government ban on sand ...

Yesenia Amaro and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-facility-worries-activists

Mother Nature activists allege intimidation at sand dredging protest

About 30 villagers escorted two environmental activists from Kandal province’s Sa’ang district to the relative safety of Phnom Penh yesterday after the pair were allegedly harassed by local police for helping coordinate a protest against sand dredging in the area the day before. ...

Phak Seangly and Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mother-nature-activists-allege-intimidation-sand-dredging-protest

‘Anarchist’ activist flees village for UN, alleging harassment

An environmental activist branded an “anarchist” by a government spokesman said he fled to the U.N. human rights office in Phnom Penh on Monday after police harassed him for becoming involved in a dispute between sand dredgers and villagers in Kandal province. ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/anarchist-activist-flees-village-un-alleging-harassment-131288/

Gaps in framework open mines to graft

The Ministry of Mines and Energy’s mineral exploration licensing process is vulnerable to corruption, an independent study has found, identifying 14 potential openings for graft. ...

Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gaps-framework-open-mines-graft

Mineral exploration permits offered for protected Prey Lang

One of four new mining exploration permits, advertised publicly this week, is within the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary map, coordinates reveal, sparking concern among activists and community members about the strength of the forest’s recently-acquired protected status.In the first public tender of fresh exploration licenses ...

Shaun Turton and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mineral-exploration-permits-offered-protected-prey-lang

Ministry defends sand exports; Mother Nature stands by claims

The Mines and Energy Ministry on Friday defended sand exports reported last week by an environmental NGO, saying Cambodia’s sand ban did not include the type seen in a video being loaded onto vessels off the coast of Sihanoukville. ...

Van Roeun and George Wright
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ministry-defends-sand-exports-mother-nature-stands-by-claims-129204/

Four mining licences put up for bids

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has publicly announced that companies can bid for four mining exploration permits in both Kratie and Kampot provinces, marking the first time since the ministry was formed in 2013 to issue fresh licences for private companies to investigate mineral ...

Kali Kotoski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/four-mining-licences-put-bids

Emerald’s gold prospects improve

The Australian-listed mining firm behind Cambodia’s Okvau gold project in Mondulkiri province released its definitive feasibility study (DFS) yesterday, confirming its predictions of 1.14 million ounces in gold reserves while reducing its projected investment costs for extraction. ...

Kali Kotoski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/emeralds-gold-prospects-improve

Emerald to issue Okvau feasibility study soon

Australian mining firm Emerald Resources is on track to complete its definitive feasibility study for its Okvau gold project in Mondulkiri province by the end of this month, the company reported in a filing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). ...

Post Staff
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/emerald-issue-okvau-feasibility-study-soon

Armed illegal miners resist ministry’s efforts for regulation

Illegal miners in the remote reaches of Cambodia are repelling government inspectors with armed middlemen, the Mines and Energy Ministry said on Wednesday as it hosted its annual meeting in Phnom Penh.   ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/armed-illegal-miners-resist-ministrys-efforts-for-regulation-125657/

Sand exports in limbo

Sand exports will remain suspended amid questions about a 56 million-ton discrepancy in deliveries to Singapore. Dith Tina, a secretary of state and spokesman for the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said yesterday that no date had been set for the exports to resume. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/34708/sand-exports-in-limbo/

Singapore, Cambodia say sand exports have stopped

The controversial exporting of Cambodian sand to Singapore has finally—if temporarily—been stopped, according to officials from the two countries, amid long-running criticism over discrepancies in shipment records and environmental damage. ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/singapore-cambodia-say-sand-exports-have-stopped-123915/

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