Another Favorable Ruling for El Salvador in Mining Dispute

A new ruling by the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes requires the mining company OceanaGold to pay interest on the $8 million it owes to the Salvadoran State.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

From a statement issued by the Comptroller General of the Republic:

The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has reported that the mining company Oceana Gold (formerly Pacific Rim) must pay interest to the State of El Salvador on the legal costs owed by the aforementioned transnational.

The notification was received on March 28 by the international law firm, Foley Hoag LLP, hired by the Attorney General's Office to represent the Salvadoran State before the ICSID.

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(MELBOURNE) OceanaGold Corporation (TSX/ASX/NZX: OGC) (the “Company”) has been advised that the arbitration tribunal constituted by the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) has found in favour of the Government of El Salvador (the “Government”) in its dispute with an OceanaGold indirect subsidiary company, Pac Rim Cayman LLC. ICSID granted an award of US$8 million to the Government of El Salvador to cover its legal fees and costs.

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