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Mining in West Africa

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Concerns remain despite assurances after coup

By: Cameron Mackay     8th October 2021 Despite assurances that mining activity would not be disrupted in Guinea following the coup d'état on September 5, there is lingering concern that investors could be reluctant to continue investing in the country, argues law firm Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech. “Investors are usually concerned... 

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WARREN BEECH While West Africa should be benefitting from more investment, there are a number of concerns to investors regarding illegal mining and regional stability and security

Explosives company aims to extend its reach

By: Cameron Mackay     8th October 2021 As part of bulk emulsion explosives and mining technology manufacturer BME’s ongoing strategic global expansion strategy, the company plans to continue growing its footprint in mining in West Africa, states BME West African operations GM Michael Klaasen. “BME has been active in West Africa for... 

Image of a BME emulsion manufacturing plant
REGIONAL FOOTPRINT BME has seven emulsion manufacturing plants in West Africa

Cooperation crucial to West African development – law firm

By: Cameron Mackay     8th October 2021 Amid opportunities for mining and the availability of substantial human resources in West Africa, cooperation between the public and private sectors can help grow mining in the region. This cooperation can contribute to the development of industries, such as the energy sector, as well as the... 

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EMPOWERED DEVELOPMENT Minerals mined from West Africa, aside from the fiscal revenue they bring in, should be used to develop the country in which they were extracted

Progress announced with exploration projects

8th October 2021 Gold miner Hummingbird Resources in August announced its unaudited results for the six months ended June 30, 2021. The company reported material progress and success with its 2021 Yanfolila exploration and drilling programme, in Mali, during the first half of the year (H1).  

Image of drilling at Hummingbird Resources' Yanfolila project
EXTENSIVE DRILLING The company reported drilling 32 500 m of the 44 600 m forecast for the year, in H1 2021, with significant drill hole intercepts

Ghana base acts as catalyst for growth

By: Cameron Mackay     8th October 2021 Much of the success of consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting’s office in Accra, Ghana, is based on the company’s local knowledge, represented by experienced professionals from West Africa, states SRK Consulting principal resource geologist and SRK Ghana country manager Ivan Doku.... 

Image of SRK Consulting working on a mine site in West Africa
BUILDING IN-COUNTRY EXPERTISE Despite challenges, SRK Consulting continues to build capacity in West Africa

Nigeria incentivises new mining investment

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Nigerian Mines and Steel Development Minister Olamilekan Adagbite highlighted the incentives being offered to investors in Nigeria’s mining sector during a webinar on Driving Investment in the Nigerian Mining Industry in a Pandemic Situation, held in August. Government intends to reignite... 

GOING FOR GOLD
Nigeria's government looks to reignite flames under the mining investment banner to draw attention to its vast mineral and metal resources
GOING FOR GOLD Nigeria's government looks to reignite flames under the mining investment banner to draw attention to its vast mineral and metal resources

Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results

9th October 2020 Multinational mining and metallurgy company Eramet 2020 half-year results, released on July 29, noted that its Grande Côte Operation (GCO) built on the “excellent operating performance” of 2019, producing 371 000 t  of mineral sands over the period. Notably, GCO is the largest single dredge... 

NOT SCRAPING THE BOTTOM
The dredging operation at Eramet's Grande Côte operation reported an excellent operating performance for the first half of 2020
NOT SCRAPING THE BOTTOM The dredging operation at Eramet's Grande Côte operation reported an excellent operating performance for the first half of 2020

Study paves way for engaging artisanal miners

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Environmental consulting firm Digby Wells Environmental Mali country manager Mamadou Dembele says a dearth of opportunities drives the artisanal mining sector in Mali, and in West Africa. He tells Mining Weekly that a study conducted in June 2019 in the region by Digby Wells Environmental, which... 

LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY 
While considered illegitimate trade, artisanal mining space is well organised and financially fruitful
LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY While considered illegitimate trade, artisanal mining space is well organised and financially fruitful

Processing plant progressing well amid slowdown

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Despite Covid-19 having an adverse effect on the greenfield development of a mine and metallurgical plant, in Sierra Leone, local consulting firm METC Engineering director Dr Steve Cathey says the project is progressing well. He explains that construction on the Tongo diamond project – located in... 

DIAMOND DECLINE
The decline on the Tongo diamond project is progressing well as is the fabrication of the diamond processing plant
DIAMOND DECLINE The decline on the Tongo diamond project is progressing well as is the fabrication of the diamond processing plant

Freight forwarder growing reach in West Africa

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Following the successful logistics for a mine in Sierra Leone, deugro, a highly-specialized expert in freight forwarding and an independent company of the deugro group,  intends to further expand its offering in West Africa. “We are excited and look forward to engaging with more clients in this... 

IVAN DE SOUZA & SUNELL VAN DER WALT
Senior members of deugro's sales and business development team unpack the company's sucess in west Africa
IVAN DE SOUZA & SUNELL VAN DER WALT Senior members of deugro's sales and business development team unpack the company's sucess in west Africa

Company notes West African mining potential  

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 West Africa holds notable mining potential, with exploration and mining consulting services provider The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson noting the company’s short- to medium-term goal of expanding further into the jurisdiction. “MSA sees West Africa as an increasingly appealing... 

TRIAL RUN
One of many sample plants set up in Mali has revealed the great potential the gold mining sector holds in the country
MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson discusses the company’s investment in West Africa and the challenges faced in doing so.

Weba Chute Systems

2nd July 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

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... 

POTENTIAL PERFORMANCE
The West African mining sector’s vast potential could be realised through successful proactive project development
POTENTIAL PERFORMANCE The West African mining sector’s vast potential could be realised through successful proactive project development

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... 

SIGHTS SET
Spectrem Air is following new business leads in Ghana and Guinea
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... 

ANDREW VAN ZYL
Energy and power solutions in mining must also facilitate support from local communities
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... 

INTELLIGENT MINING
AEL’s philosophy is to develop smart blasting solutions through client engagement and understanding their needs
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... 

GOING FOR GOLD
BME manufactures explosives at emulsion plants across the region and supplies mining and quarrying operations in several countries
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... 

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

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... 

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

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
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 
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
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... 

EIGHT IN 2018 
Golden Star Resources will explore eight potential gold sites and assess the viability of mining the sites
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.... 

NEW DISCOVERIES 
Three mines have made seven 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’S FUTURE 
Newmont Mining views Ghana as a stable operating jurisdiction
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. 

BREAKING GROUND
Construction at the Bagassi South Expansion is under way and first ore production is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018
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... 

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

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
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 AFRICA RISING 
West Africa’s diverse mineral resources, increasing political stability and relatively low entry costs are ideal conditions for mining investment
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... 

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
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
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