Leading our project coverage in this issue is a story on the new Yanfolila gold mine, currently under construction in Mali. The developer, Hummingbird Resources, is setting a fast pace on the project and the first gold pour is expected before year end. Yanfolila, which at one stage was in the Gold Fields stable, will produce an average of 107 000 ounces of gold a year over its initial eight-year mine life. South Africa’s SENET is the EPCM contractor for the processing plant and related infrastructure.
February is always Mining Indaba month and in this issue Modern Mining reports on the event, now in its 23th year. Although the numbers seemed slightly down on previous years, the overall mood was relatively buoyant with most delegates that Modern Mining spoke to saying that they believed the worst of the mining recession was now in the past. As always, there was a host of top notch speakers at the event, some of whose presentations we cover in our round-up of the proceedings. Download the pdf here.
January is the issue we distribute at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town and it always contains a roundup of some of Africa’s Top Mining Projects. This year we are featuring four projects covering graphite, tin, gold and zinc, all of them distinguished by either their size and/or the innovation they exhibit.
This month’s issue has a very full news section, providing updates on projects all around Africa. Included are a story on how Weatherly International has returned its Tschudi heap leach, SX/EW copper project in northern Namibia to nameplate capacity and a progress report on Ivanhoe’s Kipushi mine in the DRC, where excellent progress has been made in upgrading and modernising shafts to prepare for a restart of operations.
Our cover story this month focuses on Assmang’s R6 billion Black Rock Project (BRP) in the Hotazel area of the Northern Cape, which will see Assmang’s Black Rock Mine Operations (BRMO) – comprising the Gloria and Nchwaning manganese mines – being modernised and upgraded to optimise resource exploitation and create flexibility in reacting to changes in market product requirements. In particular, we look at the contributions to the BRP by project delivery company WorleyParsons RSA.
Included in our project coverage this month is an article on Firestone Diamonds’ new R2,1 billion Liqhobong mine in the highlands of Lesotho. The mine – which is expected to produce 1 million carats a year – is now entering operation and Firestone reported on 21 October that the first ore had been treated in the plant with diamonds reporting to the sort house.