The Company holds mining and exploration rights for a period of up to 25 years from 26 February 2007 over the 300 square kilometres Gedabek Contract Area, which is 55 kilometres from Azerbaijan’s second biggest city, Ganja. The area includes Azerbaijan’s first operating gold mine as well as a number of exploration targets.
Mining activity at Gedabek is reported to have started as long as 2,000 years ago. More recent activity began around 1849 when the Mekhor Brothers, followed by the German Siemens Bros Company, developed and operated a copper mine at Gedabek. At least five large (>100,000 tonne) and numerous smaller sulphide lenses were mined during the period between 1849 and 1917. Mining activity ceased in 1917 with the onset of the Russian Revolution.
Mining activity commenced once more when Anglo Asian began construction of an open pit mine and a conventional heap leach and processing facility for the recovery of gold, copper and silver in 2008. The Company poured its first gold in May 2009, making it the first gold/copper producer in Azerbaijan in modern times. Since that time it has seen steady gold production as efficiencies of the mine continue to improve. In addition, in 2015 the Group commenced production from Gadir, an underground mine co-located at Gedabek.