Lydian International Ltd. said Aug. 14 that a third environmental audit by a special government committee at its Amulsar gold project in Armenia, where an illegal blockade is ongoing, found no grounds for criminal prosecution and continuation of criminal proceedings against the miner.
Shares in the Toronto-listed company were up almost 27% by trading close following the announcement.
Audits over environmental concerns, which have plagued the project since at least 2013, have been conducted on Amulsar since July 2018. The Armenian government had indicated it would be ready to conclude the audit report for Amulsar shortly.
Earlier this month, Lydian reported a US$68.98 million loss for the first half as it warned of the possibility of further events of defaults.