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BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 19, 2022 /CNW/ - OceanaGold Corporation (TSX: OGC) (ASX: OGC) ("OceanaGold" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the United States Army Corp of Engineers ("ACOE") has published the Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement ("SEIS") for the Haile Gold Mine ("Haile") located in Kershaw, South Carolina.
The SEIS is now in a 30-day public comment period, after which there is a 15-day review period before the final SEIS Record of Decision ("ROD") is then scheduled to be issued. The Company is of the view that the comment period and the review period are unlikely to result in a change to the SEIS. The Company anticipates the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and ACOE will issue the associated permits shortly after the ROD is finalized and their permit process is complete.
The ROD and related permits are required to commence development of the Haile underground mine and to expand the operating footprint to allow for additional potentially-acid-generating waste containment facilities, overburden facilities and expanded tailings storage facility.
Gerard Bond, President and CEO of OceanaGold, stated, "The publishing of the SEIS is an important step towards finalizing this process and receiving the related operating permits that will allow commencement of the development of the underground mine, increase Haile's gold production and help unlock the full value of Haile."
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OceanaGold is a multinational gold producer committed to the highest standards of technical, environmental and social performance. For 30 years, we have been contributing to excellence in our industry by delivering sustainable environmental and social outcomes for our communities, and strong returns for our shareholders. Our global exploration, development, and operating experience has created an industry-leading pipeline of organic growth opportunities and a portfolio of established operating assets including Didipio Mine in the Philippines; Macraes and Waihi operations in New Zealand; and Haile Gold Mine in the United States of America.
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