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Sanbrado underground gold project, Burkina Faso

IMAGE OF SANBRADO GOLD OPERATIONS

Photo by West African Resources

1st March 2024

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor

     

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Name of the Project
Sanbrado underground gold project.

Location
Burkina Faso.

Project Owner/s
West African Resources.

Project Description
A scoping study has proposed the development of an underground development beneath the M5 South openpit at the Sanbrado gold mine.

The study envisages average underground production of 35 000 oz/y of gold over a five-year life-of-mine (LoM). The addition of the M5 South underground to the production plan at Sanbrado is expected to displace close to two-million tonnes of lower-grade openpit material over the LoM, resulting in an increase in production by up to 25 000 oz/y over the current ten-year plan from 2026. Consequently, Sanbrado will maintain production above 200 000 oz of gold.

M5 South underground is expected to deliver 1.8-million tonnes at 3.1 g/t for 188000 oz of gold over a five-year LoM. It has been designed to use mining equipment in use at M1 South to maximise operational synergies between the two mines. West African Resources’ unhedged ten-year production outlook estimates production of more than 200 000 oz/y of gold in 2023 and 2024, and more than 400 000 oz/y from 2025 to 2032.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated.

Net Present Value/Internal Rate of Return
Not stated.

Capital Expenditure
Preproduction capital expenditure is estimated at $20-millon.

Planned Start/End Date
West African Resources is working on the proposed underground development of M5 South, which includes further drilling, geotechnical studies and mine planning. Subject to a positive outcome being achieved from the studies, West African Resources aims to start portal establishment and underground development in the second half of 2025, leading to full underground production by mid-2026.

Latest Developments
None stated.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
None stated.

Contact Details for Project Information
West African Resources, tel + 61 8 9481 7344 or email info@westafricanresources.com.

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

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