TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - European Goldfields Limited (AIM: EGU / TSX: EGU) ("European Goldfields" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the principal phase of the permitting process for the Skouries and Olympias Projects in Greece.
The Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, based on the Preliminary Environmental Impact Study ("PEIS") submitted by the Company's 95%-owned subsidiary Hellas Gold SA, has completed the Preliminary Environmental Assessment and Evaluation and issued a positive official endorsement of the construction and operation of the Project in the province of Halkidiki, in North-Eastern Greece.
The "Project", consists of:
A. Continuation of operations at the Mavres Petres deposit of the
B. The next stages of the Olympias project, namely the mining and
processing of ore and metallurgical treatment of the concentrate, in
accordance with the business plan as originally submitted.
C. The development of mining and processing at the Skouries project.
D. The port facilities at Stratoni in service of the above projects'
This official assessment and positive evaluation of the Project, successfully concludes the major stage of approvals and will lead to the preparation and submission of the Environmental Impact Study ("EIS") and the supporting studies required by Greek and European Legislation.
The EIS will be based on terms of reference as now defined by the PEIS. The EIS will be submitted to the relevant authorities for review and the normal European Union public consultation requirements in the near future. The Company is confident that the extensive detail of the successful PEIS process can in turn now optimise approval of the EIS.
Commenting on this development, David Reading, Chief Executive Officer of European Goldfields, said: "Approval of the PEIS is a great achievement that represents the fulfilment of several years work by Hellas Gold. It signifies a substantial part of the approval process and sets out a clear path for the future development of our gold projects in Greece".
About European Goldfields
European Goldfields Limited is a resource company involved in the exploration, acquisition, mining and development of mineral properties in Greece, Romania and South-East Europe.
Greece - European Goldfields holds a 95% interest in Hellas Gold S.A. Hellas Gold owns three major gold and base metal deposits in Northern Greece. The deposits are the polymetallic operation at Stratoni, the Olympias project which contains gold, zinc, lead and silver, and the Skouries copper/gold porphyry project. Hellas Gold commenced production at Stratoni in September 2005 and started selling an existing stockpile of gold concentrates from Olympias in July 2006. Hellas Gold is applying for permits to develop and build the Skouries and Olympias projects.
Romania - European Goldfields owns 80% of the Certej gold/silver project in Romania. In July 2008, the National Agency of Mineral Resources approved the technical feasibility study in support of its permit application and issued a new mining permit for the Certej project.
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SOURCE EUROPEAN GOLDFIELDS LTD.
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