Eldorado Gold stock falls sharply after Greece suspends work at mine project

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 19, 2015 10:52 am MDT Last Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Eldorado Gold stock falls sharply after Greece suspends work at mine project ATHENS, Greece – The Greek government has temporarily halted work at a Canadian-run gold mine in northern Greece after determining the company had violated some terms, the country’s energy minister said Wednesday after a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.Energy and Environment Minister Panos Skourletis said Hellenic Gold, a subsidiary of Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD), had violated the terms of technical studies, and that the revocation of the approvals for the studies meant work in the mine’s Skouries area was being temporarily halted.According to documents released by the ministry, the violations concern a project to build a copper and gold processing plant, including not carrying out certain tests on the flash smelting process proposed for use. According to the decision, the suspension will be lifted if the company re-submits the necessary documentation and meets the requirements within a year.Eldorado Gold’s vice-president and general manager for Greece, Eduardo Moura, said the company had not received any formal notice from the ministry and was therefore not in a position to comment.Eldorado Gold’s shares dropped about nine per cent in Toronto and New York — its biggest one-day decline in a month — after the announcement but remained well above their 52-week low of C$3.94, which was set on July 24.The mining project has been deeply controversial and has met with fierce resistance from those saying it will irreparably damage the environment. But as a major foreign investment, it has been seen as a test case in Greece’s ability to attract international investors as it battles a deep financial crisis.“For the government, investments are welcome, they are necessary, essential, but the companies must also respect the terms to which they have committed so as not to harm the public interest and the environment,” Skourletis said after his meeting with Tsipras.

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