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Barrick agrees deal with Pakistan to waive $11 billion penalty and restart Reko Diq

Barrick agrees deal with Pakistan to waive  billion penalty and restart Reko Diq
© Reuters. A small toy figure and gold imitation are seen in front of the Barrick logo in this illustration taken November 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – An $11 billion penalty against Pakistan will be waived under a deal with Barrick Gold (NYSE:GOLD) to restart the Reko Diq gold and copper mining project, Pakistan’s Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said on Friday.

He said the out-of-court deal with the Canadian mining company will bring in $10 billion in investment in Pakistan.

A World Bank arbitration court had ruled in favour of Tethyan Copper, a joint venture between Chile’s Antofagasta (LON:ANTO) Plc and Canada’s Barrick Gold over a lease to the mine, located in a remote area of southwestern Pakistan.

“A $11 billion award on us has been nullified,” Tarin told a news conference, adding that, “Barrick and its partners will invest $10 billion in the mining”.

Source: Investing.com

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