Modern Mining

Canada’s Kinross Gold Corporation has completed the Phase One expansion at its Tasiast gold mine in Mauritania but has “paused” the implementation of Phase Two. Tasiast, which produced 243 240 gold equivalent ounces in 2017, is one of two operations Kinross has in West Africa (the other being the Chirano mine in Ghana).

Gold developer West African Resources (WAF), listed on the ASX and TSX-V, has made a key management appointment as it moves into the development phase for its 90-% owned Sanbrado gold project in Burkina Faso. Sanbrado will be mined by both open-pit and underground methods.

Gold production at the Kibali mine in the DRC is rising steadily on the back of the optimisation of its automated underground operation, and it is on track to beat its guidance of 730 000 ounces for this year, says Randgold Resources Chief Executive Mark Bristow. The record results expected for the second quarter were achieved without a single lost-time injury.

African Chrome Fields (ACF), reputedly Zimbabwe’s biggest chrome miner, has launched its state-of-the-art aluminothermic plant which is set to further increase the company’s range of products through the addition of Ultra Low Carbon High Grade Ferrochrome (ULCHGFeCr) and boost employment across ACF’s operations.

AIM-listed GoldStone Resources reports it is sinking a new shaft to access the historic high-grade Akrokeri underground gold mine, one of two previously producing operations at its Akrokeri-Homase Gold Project (AKHM) in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, to enable it to complete a geological assessment of the mine.

Vedanta Zinc International (VZI), a subsidiary of London-listed Vedanta Resources, reports that commissioning of its Gamsberg project near Aggeneys in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province has begun. The project is one of the largest greenfield mining projects in Africa.

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