The fourth meeting of Rio Tinto and representatives of the NGO sector and the general public

Jadarit ore processing will be an example of the world’s best mining practice

Rio Sava Exploration, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto which has been developing the Jadar project, held its fourth Open Meeting with representatives of the NGO sector and the general public in order to continue the dialogue with the relevant stakeholders and present all the details of the project, especially those that cause concern with citizens.

After meetings in April, June and July with more than 200 participants, at the fourth meeting,  Rio Sava’s representatives, together with experts from scientific institutions involved in the project, presented in detail the ore processing technology used by Rio Tinto, the Jadar processing technology on the Jadar project, but also the chain of additional project values in terms of the final product and benefits for Serbia.

Over 70 representatives of the general public attended the open meeting on the topic of ore processing. In a direct conversation with representatives of Rio Sava, they were given the opportunity to get answers to all questions related to the Jadar project.

“The method of processing Jadarite ore is the result of many years of our company’s activities.  It will be done in a modern plant, with innovative and sustainable process technology, which is environmentally friendly and significantly more advanced than the one previously used. The plan is for the Jadar project to be an example of the best ore processing technology that meets three, for us the most important principles: to be technologically sustainable, environmentally friendly and economically viable,” said Vesna Prodanović, director of Rio Sava Exploration.

“The Jadar project is an integrated process whereby the entire processing is performed in one place, which is the most economically and environmentally profitable. Thus, Rio Tinto retains the value chain in Serbia, producing a final product here that does not require further processing. In that way, the Jadar project ensures the competitiveness of this product on the global market and positions Serbia as a key country in the process of transition to green energy sources,” concluded Vesna Prodanović.

As one of the leading greenfield investments in Serbia, the Jadar project understandably attracts a lot of attention from the public, non-governmental organizations and especially the local population. Holding a series of open meetings is an important segment of open dialogue and cooperation based on accurate, relevant and transparent information. Rio Sava will continue to actively listen to the needs of all stakeholders in connection with the development of the Jadar project, which is supported by the fact that the next Open Meeting is scheduled for September.

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