A copper mine in Siem Reap province’s Chi Kreng district was closed down last Thursday over allegations that its parent company has been running the site with an expired license. The investigation into Meng Xin Hong Fa (Cambodia) Resources Investment Co. Ltd. is being led by a provincial prosecutor and local authorities. It began after a complaint in the mines was lodged by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME).
Although this most recent shutdown has only just taken effect, Chi Kreng district police chief Touch Kosal told Khmer Times yesterday that “The site has seen no activities for long time.” Police have not yet made any arrests or seized any property from the Kvav commune site.
MME spokesman Meng Saktheara said yesterday that the Chinese-owned copper mine received a license from his organization in 2012 to operate within a 3,600 hectare land concession. A complaint was filed to the provincial court after discovering that their license expired in 2014. If found guilty of violating article 35 of the mine law of which it is accused, Meng Xin Hong Fa (Cambodia) Resources Investment Co. Ltd. could face the withdrawal of its license or criminal punishment.
The investigation began when two trucks en route from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh were seized in Kompong Thom province, where police found them transporting materials with expired Meng Xin Hong Fa (Cambodia) Resources Investment Co. Ltd. licenses.