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Australian miner Kingsgate resumes gold operation in Thailand

Company ends six-year health and environmental dispute with Prayuth's government

A worker sprays water on a truck to reduce the dust at the Chatree gold mine in 2011. The Thai government, citing environmental and health concerns, forced the mine to halt operations at the beginning of 2017.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Australia's Kingsgate Consolidated, which run the Chatree gold mine in Thailand, said it is restarting operations there after a six-year dispute between the company and the Thai government over the health and environmental effects of the mine was resolved.

Ross Smyth-Kirk, executive chairman of Kingsgate, operator of the mine since 2001 under the wholly owned Thai subsidiary Akara Resources, said the company has received an expanded metallurgical license and the processing plant has been overhauled.

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