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Kazakhstan's EDB to provide $11mln to finance polymetallic ores production in Armenia.

Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) will provide a five-year loan to Sagamar for a total of US $11 million to implement an investment program, which envision the production of copper and zinc concentrate with controlled silver and gold content at the Armanis deposit of polymetallic ores.

The respective loan agreement was signed today in the town of Stepanavan by Gennady Zhuzhlev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board at EDB, and Dmitry Ushkov, General Director of Sagamar, the press release of the Bank said October 30.

The loan will be used to finance stripping and geologic exploration, purchase mining equipment and, partially, refinance current loans. The overall project value approximates US $70 million.

"Until now, our operations in Armenia were limited to the provision of targeted loans to our Armenian partner banks in the framework of EDB's SME financing programmes. The deal with Sagamar is EDB's first investment project in Armenia," says Gennady Zhuzhlev. "The project will help to advance the export potential of the country, which will, in its turn, promote sustainable economic growth in Armenia. The project is expected to create over 350 jobs at the deposit and in related sectors."

The Armanis deposit was the first Armenian mine to introduce a more environmentally safe technology of the dry stacking of tailings with water recycling.

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Date:Oct 31, 2014
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