January 12, 2010 / 1:58 PM / in 8 years

UPDATE 1-Eldorado to resume ops at White Mountain mine

* Operations at White Mountain gold mine to resume

* Mine expected to ramp-up to full production quickly

TORONTO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Canadian gold miner Eldorado Gold Corp (ELD.TO) said on Tuesday it will resume operations at its White Mountain gold mine in the Jilin Province of China, which had been shut down because of a dispute over alleged water contamination.

Eldorado acquired the White Mountain mine through its acquisition of Sino Gold in December 2009. Operations at the mine were suspended in August, after a group of Chinese farmers forced Sino Gold to halt operations at the site.

White Mountain, owned 95 percent by Eldorado, began commercial gold production in January 2009. The mine is expected to produce an average of 65,000 gold ounces annually.

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Eldorado said the mine has received all necessary approvals and will ramp-up to full production quickly. (Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by Derek Caney)

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