Gold Reserve Inc. (“Gold Reserve” or the “Company”) is engaged in the business of acquiring, exploring and developing mining projects. The Company is an exploration stage company incorporated in 1998 under the laws of the Yukon Territory, Canada and continued to Alberta, Canada in September 2014. The Company is the successor issuer to Gold Reserve Corporation which was incorporated in 1956. In 1992, the Company acquired and began developing what is now known as the Brisas gold and copper project, located in the historic Km 88 mining district of the State of Bolivar in southeastern Venezuela (the “Brisas Project”).
From 1992 to 2009, the Company invested close to US $300 million in acquisition, land exploration, development, equipment, and engineering costs, developing the Brisas Project into what management believed was a world class mining project. In April 2008 the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela arbitrarily revoked the Authorization to Affect, eliminating the Company’s ability to exploit the Brisas Project.
In October 2009, the Company filed a Request for Arbitration under the Additional Facility Rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) of the World Bank, in Washington D.C., against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela seeking compensation for the losses caused by the actions of Venezuela that terminated our Brisas Project in violation of the terms of the Treaty between the Government of Canada and the Government of Venezuela for the Promotion and Protection of Investments.
In September 2014, the ICSID Tribunal unanimously awarded us an Award of $740.3 million. In July 2016, we signed a Settlement Agreement whereby Venezuela agreed to pay us $792 million to satisfy the Award and $240 million for the purchase of the Mining Data for a total of approximately $1.032 billion payable in monthly installments. The first $240 million to be received by Gold Reserve from Venezuela is related to the sale of the Mining Data. (See Brisas Arbitral Award).
The Company maintains its executive/administrative office at 999 West Riverside Ave., Suite 401, Spokane, Washington 99201 USA, and is listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange (symbol: GRZ.V) and the OTCQX Markets Exchange (symbol: GDRZF). The Company employs 8 people in the United States.
(1) The terms Gold Reserve and Company are used interchangeably and include, where appropriate, relevant subsidiaries.