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Mining in West Africa

Mineral-rich West Africa shows much potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 The cheerful mood among operators at the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba, coupled with some proactive and innovative governments competing for attention, suggests that the West African mining sector’s vast potential may increasingly be realised through the successful development of new... 

AEM system to boost West African exploration

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 South African airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air plans to reintroduce the application of its airborne electromagnetic (AEM) platform – the SPECTREMPLUS system – to the mineral and groundwater exploration industry in West Africa. This continually evolving platform entails being... 

AEM system to boost West African exploration
SIGHTS SET Spectrem Air is following new business leads in Ghana and Guinea

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 While mining progress in West Africa will vary from country to country, with one or two discrete discoveries, developments often set significant change into motion, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting South Africa partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. Recent studies have... 

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa
ANDREW VAN ZYL Energy and power solutions in mining must also facilitate support from local communities

AEL to provide green solutions for mines in French West Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 One of Johannesburg-based supplier and manufacturer of explosives AEL Intelligent Blasting’s core values for this year is going green, with sustainable development also informing its plans to enter the commercial explosives sector in French-speaking West Africa. Francophone West Africa, also... 

AEL to provide green solutions for mines in French West Africa
INTELLIGENT MINING AEL’s philosophy is to develop smart blasting solutions through client engagement and understanding their needs

Explosives company expanding West African footprint

12th April 2019 South Africa-based explosives company BME continues to strengthen its presence in West Africa – which is poised to become one of the top five gold-producing regions in the world. BME – a division of the JSE-listed chemical manufacturing company Omnia Group – manufactures explosives at emulsion... 

Explosives company  expanding West  African footprint
GOING FOR GOLD BME manufactures explosives at emulsion plants across the region and supplies mining and quarrying operations in several countries

West African mining rising steadily

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 Mining activity in West Africa is increasing and this trend is likely to continue. New mines have been established in Mali over the past few years, as well as in countries, such as Liberia, which are not traditionally associated with mining, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting... 

West African mining  rising steadily
JOHN KWOFIE West Africans are expressing their right to benefit from mining activities taking place in their own backyard

Southern Mapping aerial surveys and geospatial solutions

12th April 2019 Established in 2006, Southern Mapping Company provides aerial light detection and ranging, or LiDAR, surveys and geospatial solutions to clients in Africa. The company created a watershed moment in the history of surveying in Africa when it became the first independently owned LiDAR company on... 

Southern Mapping aerial surveys and geospatial solutions

Weba Chute Systems

8th April 2019 Effective transfer of materials in chutes is a pressing issue for all mines. With the spotlight firmly on increasing productivity through more effective discharge of materials, coupled with minimising downtime and maintenance, solutions are critical to sustainability. With over 4 000 transfer... 

Weba Chute Systems

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle vital issues

13th April 2018 The upcoming tenth West and Central African (WaCA) Mining Summit and Expo will showcase the dynamism and resilience of the mining industry in these regions, as well as explore the challenges facing mining in the region, with speakers that will cover various topics that have significant impact on... 

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle  vital issues
PRESSING MATTERS The West and Central African Mining Summit and Expo will discuss the most pressing issues facing mining in the region

Nigeria to offer funding to artisanal, small-scale miners

13th April 2018 The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the Bank of Industry (BOI) have opened applications to the funding scheme for Nigerian artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) in February. In August 2017, the two entities signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the... 

Nigeria to offer funding to artisanal, small-scale miners
CASH INJECTION Artisanal and small-scale miners will be able to apply for funding from the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steels Development and the Bank of Industry in Nigeria

New boards to grow Nigerian mining, focus on economic growth

13th April 2018 Four agencies and parastatals under the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (NFMMSD) had their boards reconstituted with specific mandates to assist in the growth of the mining sector in Nigeria, in March. The four entities are the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA),... 

New boards to grow Nigerian mining, focus on economic growth
NEW BOARDS New boards have been appointed to four agencies and parastatals under the Nigerian Mines and Steel Development Ministry in an effort to grow the mining sector

Golden Star to explore potential new gold sites in Ghana

13th April 2018 Canadian gold miner Golden Star Resources, as part of its exploration strategy for 2018 will focus on understanding the deposits at the Wassa Underground gold mine, continue mineral resource expansion drilling at Prestea Underground gold mine and investigate five new underground targets, all in... 

Golden Star to explore potential new gold  sites in Ghana
EIGHT IN 2018 Golden Star Resources will explore eight potential gold sites and assess the viability of mining the sites

Juniors chalk up new gold discoveries in West Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 Canadian gold miner Ashanti Gold, Australian miner Tietto Minerals and Canadian miner Nexus Gold have made seven new gold discoveries between them in Mali, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. Ashanti Gold has identified three zones with gold deposits at the Anumso gold project in Ghana.... 

Juniors chalk up new gold discoveries in West Africa
Photo by Reuters
NEW DISCOVERIES Three mines have made seven new gold discoveries in West Africa

Newmont looks to the future in Ghana

13th April 2018 US gold major Newmont Mining, one of the top global gold producers, expects to put up a new growth project – Ahafo North – for funding approval in 2019, according to Newmont regional senior VP for Africa Alwyn Pretorius. Ahafo North, located 50 km north of the existing Ahafo gold operations, is a... 

Newmont looks to the future in Ghana
Photo by Reuters
NEWMONT’S FUTURE Newmont Mining views Ghana as a stable operating jurisdiction

Roxgold on track with Bagassi South project, ups Yaramoko output

13th April 2018 Canadian gold miner Roxgold has started construction at the Bagassi South gold project in south-western Burkina Faso, with development progressing according to plan. The environmental and social permitting as well as the compensation activities of the project have been completed. 

Roxgold on track with Bagassi South project, ups Yaramoko output
BREAKING GROUND Construction at the Bagassi South Expansion is under way and first ore production is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018

Semafo’s Boungou mine nearing completion

13th April 2018 West-Africa-focused gold miner and regional explorer Semafo’s Boungou gold mine, in Burkina Faso, is more than 87% complete, with the first gold pouring scheduled for the third quarter of 2018. The Boungou gold mine, located on a high-grade gold deposit in the Est region in southeastern Burkina... 

Semafo’s Boungou mine nearing completion
NEARLY THERE First gold is expected to be poured in the third quarter of 2018 at Semafo’s Boungou gold mine

W Africa exploration to benefit from global mining upturn

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 Global investor confidence in mining is slowly returning, but opinion is divided about whether mines will be able to maintain and grow production without relinquishing their cost discipline of the past few years, states the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). There has been... 

W Africa exploration to benefit from global mining upturn
GLENN MULLAN The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada says the recovery of the global mining industry will have a knock-on effect in mining exploration and investments in West Africa

West African mining industry rising despite challenges

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 West Africa has the potential to attract greater investment and further develop its fledgling mining industry, says Centurion Law group CEO NJ Ayuk. “Almost every country in the region has mineral reserves that have barely been touched, in contrast with Southern Africa, where mining is a mature... 

West African mining industry  rising despite challenges
WEST AFRICA RISING West Africa’s diverse mineral resources, increasing political stability and relatively low entry costs are ideal conditions for mining investment

Artisanal gold mining has economic value, call to legalise

By: Johane Turkstra     14th April 2017 Natural resources governance-focused nongovernment organisation Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) is advising the Malian, Burkinabe and Ivorian governments to decriminalise artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in the gold sector to allow for the structure and policy coherence that will enable... 

Artisanal gold mining has economic value, call to legalise
ALAN MARTIN Owing to a lack of government support, artisanal and small-scale miners often trade gold on the black market, depriving countries of revenue

2017 important for industry growth in Nigeria

By: Johane Turkstra     14th April 2017 With the introduction of the Nigerian mining-growth roadmap, 2017 will be an important year for sector development and industry growth in the country, and Mining Investment Africa endeavours to be part of this engine of growth, says event organiser Spire Events MD Daniel Radziszewski. The... 

2017 important for industry growth in Nigeria
DRAWING DELEGATES In Nigeria last year, Mining Investment Africa attracted more than 150 international and local delegates

Guinea stable, predictable investment destination – Ministry

By: Johane Turkstra     14th April 2017 Guinea is suitable for mining investment, says the Guinea Ministry of Mines and Geology, which will host Symposium Mines Guinea 2017 in Conakry, the country's capital, next month, in partnership with emerging markets-focused business-to-business event organiser AME Trade. The Ministry says the... 

Guinea stable,  predictable investment destination – Ministry
SHARING VISION The yearly Sumposium Mines Guinea conference reflects government of Guinea’s vision of transformational investment

Major contract secured for Guinea bauxite plant

14th April 2017 A major contract, valued at about €100-million, has been secured by German integrated solutions provider to the global mining, bulk materials handling and minerals industries Tenova Takraf for the turnkey supply and installation of a bauxite handling plant in Guinea, West Africa. The plant, for... 

Major contract secured for Guinea bauxite plant
BAUXITE PLANT IN GUINEA The Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée plant is scheduled for commissioning in the second half of 2018

Liberian gold miner driving near-mine satellite exploration

14th April 2017 TSX- and Aim-listed West African gold producer Avesoro Resources points to a strong outlook for 2017, with its main aim for the year being the discovery of additional mineable satellite resources within close proximity to its New Liberty gold mine, in Liberia. With numerous high potential targets... 

Liberian gold miner driving near-mine satellite exploration
GOLD MINE New Liberty has an estimated gold reserve of 8.5-million tons containing 924 000 oz of gold, grading 3.4 g/t

Early milestone reached at Guinean bauxite project

14th April 2017 Aluminium producer Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has achieved an early milestone in the development of its bauxite mining and export project in Guinea, following the completion of land-raising work in Kamsar. The work is the first contract to be completed on its $1-billion investment in a mine,... 

Early milestone reached at Guinean bauxite project
YOUSUF BASTAKI This early milestone shows good progress in the project, which will boost Guinea’s economy

Gold explorer appoints West Africa-wise adviser to board

14th April 2017 Canadian gold explorer Asante Gold has appointed professional prospector Eric Ewen, a veteran in the exploration and discovery of gold and base metals in Canada and West Africa, with historical links to the company’s Ghanaian projects, as a consultant and adviser to its board of directors. Asante... 

Gold explorer appoints West Africa-wise  adviser to board
ERIC EWEN The initial exploration manager for Asante’s southern former PMI Gold Asankrangwa properties

Law firm aides two major Guinea projects

14th April 2017 Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright’s teams in London, New York, Paris, Singapore and Washington have successfully advised on two mining projects in Guinea. The team assisted bauxite producer Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG) in reaching financial close for the financing of its Sangaredi... 

Law firm aides two  major Guinea projects
Photo by Bloomberg
CASHED UP Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée reached financial close for the financing of its Sangaredi bauxite mine’s expansion

Niangouela drill programme expanded

14th April 2017 The Phase 1 diamond drill programme at the Niangouela gold project, in Burkina Faso, has  been expanded by an additional 1 km to test the primary quartz vein and associated shear zone at depth and along strike. Vancouver-based gold exploration and development company Nexus Gold Corporation... 

Niangouela drill  programme expanded
GOLD EXPLORATION The current work programme at Niangouela has assisted the company in understanding and streamlining its exploration efforts in Burkina Faso

Mali lithium project developments ‘great endorsement’

14th April 2017 A potential second placing worth about £4.3-million with trading company Suay Chin International, if completed, will ensure that West Africa-focused mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals is well funded to produce initial mineral resource estimates at its Bougouni lithium... 

Mali lithium  project developments ‘great endorsement’
Photo by Bloomberg
LITHIUM DEMAND Suay Chin was formed to take advantage of its extensive connections to supply the Chinese lithium market

Economics of proposed agreement ‘very attractive’

14th April 2017 If finalised, a tribute agreement between West Africa-focused diamond development company Stellar Diamonds and diamond mining company Octea Mining will see Stellar simultaneously mine both its wholly-owned Tongo project and the adjacent Tonguma project, in eastern Sierra Leone, with the company... 

Economics of proposed agreement ‘very attractive’
Photo by Reuters
POSSIBLE TRIBUTE AGREEMENT The agreement will allow Stellar to mine the Tonguma licence area alongside the company’s own Tongo project and process and sell any diamonds mined from these concessions

W African countries underperformers in SSA risk/reward rating

14th April 2017 Mining in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is most under strain in West Africa, according to research firm BMI Research, a Fitch Group company. BMI published its ‘Industry Risk/Reward Index (RRI) – sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Mining: Future Sector Growth to be Hampered by Business Environment’ report on... 

W African countries underperformers in  SSA risk/reward rating
BOTTOM OF THE LOG Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mauritania are the bottom three countries on BMI Research’s sub-Saharan Africa mining Risk/Reward Index

Geospatial surveys the solution to map West Africa

By: Johane Turkstra     14th April 2017 Airborne geophysics can cost effectively uncover valuable metal deposits in largely underexplored West Africa to allow for growth in the region’s mining sector, airborne electromagnetic technology pioneer Spectrem Air geophysics manager Dr David Khoza tells Mining Weekly. “Countries like Ghana,... 

Geospatial surveys the solution to map West Africa
DAVID KHOZA Airborne geophysics is the most cost-effective method to produce a geological map that can be used in follow-up exploration
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