Viking Mines says that Auminco Mines has engaged a Mongolian consultancy group to commence environmental baseline studies on the Berkh Uul Coal Project. The baseline study is a significant and required component of the application process for a mining licence for Berkh Uul.

Auminco, an unlisted public coal development company, is the subject of a takeover offer by Viking, for which acceptances are now above 97% and is unconditional.
Sustainable Environmental Consulting LLC (SEC), a well-established Mongolian-based consultancy group which specializes in environmental impact assessments, has been engaged by Auminco’s Mongolian subsidiary company BRX LLC to undertake the study.

The baseline survey will involve collection of information on regional and local environmental aspects including air quality, water studies, flora and fauna biodiversity, landscape, noise and dust, plus social aspects including land utilization, socio-economic conditions, cultural heritage and a survey of local inhabitants.

The SEC baseline study will be conducted in accordance with Mongolian Laws on Environmental Protection, Conducting Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and Regulations on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, as required by the Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Green Development.

SEC was due to commence the study last week, with the final report due in two months.

In addition to providing information for input into the approvals process for a mining licence for Berkh Uul, results from the study will also provide baseline environmental and social data for input into the planned Berkh Uul feasibility study.

Berkh Uul is 200km east of Darkhan City, within 40km of rail access to the existing Trans-Mongolian Railway, which provides a transport link to Darkhan to the south and Russia to the north.

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