Serbia Orders Zijin Mining to Stop Work at RTB Bor Copper Mine
Local media reported that China’s Zijin Mining Group has been asked by Serbia to stop work at the RTB Bor copper mine due to non-compliance with environmental standards. Serbian Mining and Energy Minister Mr Aleksandar Antić told “The company has also been ordered to complete a wastewater treatment plant on priority at the mine to avoid polluting the River Pek, a tributary of the Danube.”
Formerly known as RTB Bor, Serbia Zijin Bor Copper is a copper mining and smelting complex in Bor. The RTB Bor complex has multiple mining and processing sites, which include Veliki Krivelj, Cerovo Mine, the underground mine Jama, and the smelter and copper slag processing plant. Earlier, Zijin acquired a 63% stake in the RTB Bor copper complex by agreeing to invest USD 1.26 billion in the project.
Last month, Serbia Minister of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection Mr Zorana Mihajlovic has said Zijin’s Serbia-based unit was ordered to cease work on its Jama copper mining shaft. Zijin’s unit in Serbia halted work on the Jama mine’s ventilation shafts following complaints about noise levels from residents, reported Reuters.