West Africa - Alecto signs more JVs

West Africa - Alecto signs more JVs

London listed Alecto Minerals has signed the final terms of a binding option agreement at Ashanti Gold’s Kossanto East project in western Mali. Meanwhile, Randgold Resources’ exploration teams have started their new field season activities at one of Alecto’s other JVs in Mali, the Kossanto West project. In addition, Mark Jones, CEO at Alecto, says that Kola Gold and Alecto are applying for the extension of the Karan exploration permit in southern Mali. “Further surface sampling at Kola is under way while we wait for our licence extension application to be returned,” says Jones. At the same time, pre-development activities at the Matala project have begun. Five families have been relocated from an area where the proposed process plant will be constructed, and resettled in a new location away from mining activities.

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Sanbrado permit approved

Sanbrado permit approved

The Burkina Faso Council of Ministers of the Government has awarded gold developer West African Resources a permit to commence its feasibility study at the Sanbrado Gold Project (formerly known as Tanlouka Gold Project). According to Richard Hyde, managing director at West African Resources, the project name has been changed to better reflect the local community.

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Contractor takes charge at Yanfolila

Contractor takes charge at Yanfolila

Hummingbird Resources has appointed African Mining Services (AMS), a subsidiary of Australian listed Ausdrill, as its mining contractor at the company’s Yanfolila Gold Project in Mali. Yanfolila is currently being constructed ahead of its first gold pour, expected to occur later on this year.

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Kodal adds to shopping basket

Kodal adds to shopping basket

London listed Kodal Minerals is now in possession of more prospective lithium projects in southern Mali. According to Bernard Aylward, CEO of Kodal, the company has gained a 90% interest in the 109km2 Diendio project in southern Mali. Diendio consists of three granted concessions, namely the Diendio Sud, Diossyan Sud, and Manankoro Nord. Field reconnaissance by company geologists has highlighted the presence of coarse-grained pegmatites containing spodumene (lithium bearing mineral) within the project area.

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Powered into action

Powered into action

Syrah Resources’ remote Balama Graphite Mine in the Cabo Delgado province of northern Mozambique, located about 200km west of Pemba, will be co-powered by a generator plant. Although the mine, which is currently being constructed, does have access to power from the national grid, the power will need to be supplemented to ensure an adequate supply for full plant demand. The seven Balama diesel generators will start producing electricity during the first quarter of 2017, with an initial capacity of 12.5MW. The generators are supplied by South African based Zest Energy.

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The future of connected mining looks promising – Technavio analysts

The future of connected mining looks promising – Technavio analysts

Connected mining refers to the use of technology to achieve better productivity and safety, as well as reduce operational costs for a mine site. It includes remote-controlled robotic machinery for mineral extraction, which is referred to as tele-robotic mining and reduces the risk for miners.

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Maseve enters block 11

Maseve enters block 11

Primary development at Canadian based miner Platinum Group Metals’ Maseve project close to Rustenburg in the North West Province has entered a new mining block. 

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DiamondCorp revises production

DiamondCorp revises production

Troubled mining company DiamondCorp has further revised its production schedule at the Lace Diamond Mine close to Kroonstad in the Free State province.

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