Frequently Asked Questions

The Brskovo mine activities will not build a conventional tailings dam. Instead flotation tailings will be drained and stored in a solid and stable facility with all other mineral waste, and no tailings dust can ever be generated. These facilities have been designed in accordance with the highest international standards, EU standards, and the regulatory framework of Montenegro, including the stability to withstand both 1:10,000 year earthquake and flood events.

Our mine has well-defined measures in place to prevent the emission of all forms of dust from the project area. Site roads will be sealed. Water sprays will be used to control dust during mining. Dust spraying and suction systems will control dust generated in the crushing circuit. Soil stockpiles and landform walls will be revegetated to prevent wind-borne dust and erosion.
There will be no negative impacts on the health of the local population caused by the activities of the Brskovo mine. Safety, human health and environmental protection are key commitments, and we will implement best practices to ensure the protection of the local community. We will develop a Community Health and Safety Management Plan to monitor and report that this commitment is being met at all times.
Brskovo mine follows the best practice for zinc mining. This means employing modern technologies and processes that ensure efficient and responsible mining with minimal environmental impacts. Our goal is to extract zinc in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. We have designed our flotation process to not use sodium cyanide, as is the practice in EU countries. The key chemicals used are lime, sodium ash, zinc sulfate, sodium metabisulfite—products commonly used in households and industry.
We are committed to environmental protection and will not undertake any activities that could lead to the emission or spread of heavy metals. Heavy metals like mercury are naturally present in the ore body in very small quantities (across the entire Balkan region). During mineral processing, these metals will report safely and with no health hazard to the exported zinc, lead, and copper concentrates. The levels of mercury and other heavy metals in our concentrates are still very low, and are not subject to additional regulations.

Our concentrates will be sold to smelters in Europe (including France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, etc.) and worldwide. As part of the high-temperature smelting process, mercury and arsenic are extracted from the concentrates. These smelters are subject to the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Any remaining waste / tailings will have extremely low levels of mercury and heavy metals and will be stored safely in the IWMF.
The Brskovo mine project will have a positive impact on the water quality of the Tara River as the current leakage of contaminated water from the Rudnica River will be stopped. All water discharged from the mine will be fully treated through a high-quality water treatment plant. The project design includes significant storage of water for extremely heavy rainfall events to ensure that the project does not discharge any poor-quality water.

We will continuously monitor this water discharge and share this information with EPA.
Whilst the groundwater levels will be reduced around the two open pits, groundwater quality will not be impacted. Lining systems will be used to protect the groundwater from any infiltration from the IWMF or the below-ground water reservoirs at the base of the project. As with surface water, groundwater will be constantly monitored to ensure that there is no deterioration of quality from the project. This monitoring information will be shared regularly with EPA.
The Brskovo Mine project will absolutely not have any negative impact on the water supply or Mojkovac or anywhere else. The main water supply for Mojkovac is from an area totally unrelated to the Brskovo Mine area. A small pipeline that provides water to a small number of households from a water source above the project will be maintained and unaffected.

The project will be mostly self-sufficient for its water supply capturing and recycling water that naturally falls within the project area. The recycling rate of site water will be very high, of the order of 85%. At times water must be discharged from site and this water will be treated to a high standard of quality before it is released.
The Brskovo mine aims to enhance tourism while respecting cultural heritage.

Working closely with the Municipality and State ministries, we plan to sensitively relocate three memorial cemeteries to a single location, at Bojna Njiva, in order to create a sacred space for visitors to honor these heroes.

Working closely with the Municipality and the Ministry of Culture, we also aim to develop a museum to commemorate the mining history of Mojkovac, to replicate the medieval town of Brskovo, and to complete the excavation and restoration of Gradina Fort. These joint activities will create new tourism facilities for Mojkovac. With this plan, we intend to preserve the cultural heritage and enable better management of tourism activities in this area.

The Mine project itself has a very minor visual impact from Mojkovac town or the Zarski skifield. We do not believe that this will have any adverse impact on other tourism activities in Mojkovac Municipality.
Brskovo Mine will create over 550 job positions, with priority given to the local population. We believe in the importance of supporting the local community and its development through raining, employment and other business opportunities. We aim to provide job opportunities and advancement prospects for the residents and contribute to the improvement of the local economic conditions.
Yes, there will be local training and scholarship programs related to Brskovo Mine. Our goal is to support the local workforce and develop expertise in the mining field. Through these programs, we will provide residents with opportunities for training and development, enabling them to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for working in the mining sector and elsewhere. We will also provide scholarships for those who wish to further their education in this field.