Dundee Precious Metals Inc.

Dundee Precious Metals Inc.

January 26, 2012 13:10 ET

Bulgarian Court Dismisses Appeal of DPM's Krumovgrad Mining Concession

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2012) - Dundee Precious Metals Inc. (TSX:DPM)(TSX:DPM.WT)(TSX:DPM.WT.A) ("DPM" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that the five member panel of the Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court (the "Court") has now confirmed the earlier ruling of the three member panel terminating the appeal proceedings of the Krumovgrad mining concession on the grounds that the appeals filed are inadmissible as the parties involved have no legal interest in the proceedings. This Court decision is final and confirms the rights of Balkan Mineral and Mining EAD, a subsidiary of DPM, over the mining concession for a 30 year period.

"We are extremely pleased with the findings of the Court," said Jonathan Goodman, President and CEO of DPM. "The resolution of the concession appeal is another step forward in the development of the Krumovgrad gold project, which we expect to prove beneficial to the local community and Bulgaria, as well as the stakeholders of the Company."

The environmental impact assessment ("EIA") on the Krumovgrad project was approved by the Minister of the Environment and Waters on November 24, 2011 and has been appealed. Mining activities may not commence on the property until the EIA appeal is resolved. The Company is currently awaiting notification of a hearing date.

The new project scope for the Krumovgrad gold deposit involves a significantly reduced operating footprint with one major landowner, one single integrated tailings and mine waste facility, a simplified processing route that does not require the use of cyanide and a longer operating life than previously considered. The changes that have led to this new scope are based on community feedback on the earlier project proposal. For this project the EIA permit and compatibility with the European Union legislative requirement to protect habitats and species are the only major environmental approvals required.

Dundee Precious Metals Inc. is a well-financed, Canadian based, international gold mining company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, mining and processing of precious metals. The Company's principal operating assets include the Chelopech operation, which produces a gold, copper and silver concentrate, located east of Sofia, Bulgaria; the Kapan operation, which produces a gold, copper, zinc and silver concentrate, located in southern Armenia; and the Tsumeb smelter, a concentrate processing facility located in Namibia. DPM also holds interests in a number of developing gold properties located in Bulgaria, Serbia, and northern Canada, including interests held through its 51.4% owned subsidiary, Avala Resources Ltd., its 47.7% interest in Dunav Resources Ltd. and its 11.5% interest in Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.


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Contact Information

  • Dundee Precious Metals Inc.
    Jonathan Goodman
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    (416) 365-2408

    Dundee Precious Metals Inc.
    Lori Beak
    Senior Vice President, Investor & Regulatory
    Affairs and Corporate Secretary
    (416) 365-5165