UPDATE 2-Centerra Gold suspends Kyrgyz mine operations

Thu May 30, 2013 4:00pm EDT
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* Says protesters disrupted grid power supply to Kumtor

* Begins orderly shutdown of milling facility

* Road leading to Kumtor mine continues to be blocked

* Kyrgyz government says looking to peacefully resolve situation

By Bhaswati Mukhopadhyay

May 30 (Reuters) - Centerra Gold Inc said operations at its flagship mine in Kyrgyzstan have been suspended after villagers blocking the only road to the mine since Tuesday disrupted the power supply.

The company said Kumtor mine has begun an orderly shutdown of the milling facility using back-up diesel-generated power. The back-up generators are providing power to the camp and other facilities.

John Pearson, Centerra's vice-president for investor relations, said the company was working with local authorities and the government to get the grid power restored.

Pearson said he could neither say when power would be back up, nor speculate on how long the back-up power would last.   Continued...