The Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) has received for storage 400.2 kilograms (12,865.2 troy ounces) of gold from Switzerland, the Ministry of Finance of Azerbaijan reported.
The gold mined at the Gadabay deposit, after being refined in Geneva, was handed to the CBA to be deposited by the State Service for Controlling Precious Metals and Precious Stones under the Ministry of Finance.
Earlier the Azerbaijani government received 1,891.7 kilograms of gold bars (60,813.8 troy ounces) of 999.9 fineness.
In general, to date 2,291.9 kilograms (73,679 troy ounces) of gold have been transferred to the CBA for storage. The market value of this gold is $91.7 million.
Based on a production sharing agreement signed with Azerbaijani government in August 1997, Anglo Asian Mining PLC has the right to develop six fields in Azerbaijan: Gadabay, Ordubad, Gosha Bulag, Gizil Bulag, Vejnali and Soyutlu.
The gold produced at the fields is sent to Switzerland for purification. The ingots are delivered to Azerbaijan and are stored in the government’s account. (Trend/Ukrainian metal)