Newmont Committed To Protecting Environment

SONY DSCNewmont Ghana has reiterated its commitment to applying high environmental practices in its Akyem operation in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region of Ghana and has achieved commercial production, on-budget and on-schedule.

Akyem also achieved another major milestone when it successfully poured its first gold bar on October 4. “I would like to thank our employees, business partners and host communities for the important role they played in bringing this project into production safely and responsibly,” said Dave Schummer, Regional Senior Vice President in a statement.

“As Akyem moves into operation, we remain committed to work in partnership with our employees, communities and government to bring world-class environmental and community development practices to our host communities and to Ghana as a whole,” he said.

He said Newmont Ghana’s Akyem operation had established comprehensive social investment programmes in the areas of education, health care, infrastructure, job training and small business development.

“From the commencement of construction in the first quarter of 2011, Akyem employed more than 4,200 people who worked a combined 16.9 million hours with a strong safety performance,” he said.

Akyem, he said would employ about 1,300 workers and contractors. Newmont Ghana has also agreed with the mine area communities to source a significant number of Akyem’s workforce from its host communities.

“Newmont Ghana is committed to being a significant contributor to national development through applying high environmental practices, safety measures, and social responsibility as the company strives to be the most valued and respected mining company through industry leading performance,” he said.

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