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We operate on high standard of environmental practices, says Newmont

The company has provided tailings storage facilities to prevent any harmful waste from getting into the environment

Newmont Ghana Limited has given assurance to individuals living within its operational areas as well as Ghanaians in general of the company’s commitment to adhering to a high standard of environmental practices in their operations.

According to the communications and external relations manager of the mining giant in Ahafo, Samuel Osei, Newmont Ghana’s operations are in line with accepted international practices.

He gave the assurance during a media tour of the construction site of the proposed Newmont Ahafo North Mine at Techire in the Ahafo Region.

Osei said the company has put in place adequate preparations to prepare the grounds for the start of the mining operation expected to begin in the latter part of 2024.

This includes enforcing strict environmental measures to constantly monitor and manage noise, air, dust, and water pollution.

Touching on the impact of the project on the operational communities, he mentioned job creation as one of the economic values the company is adding to the catchment areas. He said the company is expected to generate about 1,800 jobs in the construction phase and 550 direct jobs during the operational phase.

He further disclosed that under the Alternative Livelihood Training Programme, Newmont, in collaboration with other stakeholders has trained some locals who have been affected by their operations in vocational and technical skills.

With the issue of the concerned farmers, he told journalists that as a company, Newmont has not infringed on the rights of farmers who have refused to release their lands but has resorted to dialogue to address these concerns.

The tour was to allow journalists access to the construction site of the new mine of Newmont Ghana. The over USD$1.2  billion project is the company’s third major mining investment in the country after its Ahafo South and Akyem mines.

It is expected to produce between 275,000 to 325,000 ounces of gold annually within an estimated 13-year mine life.

 

Reporting by Daniel Donkor in the Bono Region

 

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