African Barrick Gold has got final approval from the Tanzanian Vice President's Office Responsible for Environment for the waste rock permit at its North Mara mine.
The granting of the permit for the potentially acid forming (PAF) waste rock, together with the non-acid forming (NAF) permit which was granted in late 2011, will allow the gold miner to get cracking on the major waste stripping programme in the Gokona pit at North Mara in order to open up higher grades zones in the open pit in the second half of 2012.
"This approval is an important milestone for North Mara in delivering its mine plan going forward," claimed African Barrick Chief Executive Officer Greg Hawkins.
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"As we have previously communicated, our waste stripping activities had been constrained and we now look forward to being able to access the higher grade zones in the Gokona pit from the second half of this year onwards as expected," he added.
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