by Ina King (Potgieter) October 25, 2019
Burkina Faso’s minerals industry continues to bloom, with the recent commissioning of the 1.61 Moz Wahgnion Gold Mine the latest operational project among the country’s rapidly developing mining sector that produced an estimated 55 tons of gold in 2018.
A little over a decade ago, Burkina Faso didn’t have a single modern commercial-scale gold mine. Today it has 11 operational gold mines and a zinc mine, which contribute over 60% of the country’s exports, and have catapulted the West African nation to among the continent’s top four gold producers.
Equally as extraordinary, an additional 67 ongoing projects are in various phases of grassroots, pre-feasibility and feasibility stages – telling a story of a mining industry with huge growth potential, equally exciting for the country’s inhabitants as well as investors.
With gold found in every region, there is an abundance of opportunities in Burkina Faso, and both established international mining houses and local junior miners are reaping excellent returns on their investments.
While the country’s mining is dominated by gold, smaller deposits of zinc and manganese also offer potential prospects, with the Perkoa Zinc Mine producing 130 tons of relatively clean concentrate each year.
Essakane Mine, in the north east of the country, is premier property, located within a 100.2 km² Mining Permit that is surrounded by seven Exploration Permits covering an area of 1 093 km². The largest known gold resource in the country, it has an Indicated Resource of 49 Mt grading 1.5 g/t and an Inferred Resource of 5.7 Mt grading 1.7 g/t. The estimated Life of Mine has been extended to 2026, with the objective to be extended to 2030 through future drilling and mining plans.
Mining is carried out using conventional drill, blast, shovel, load and haul surface mining. Ore is processed using two-stage crushing, SAG and ball mill grinding, pebble crusher grinding, gravity concentration and a CIL plant.
Mana Gold Mine
This project consists of two main deposits: Wona and Nyafe. It is situated in the sedimentary volcanic band Birimian of Hounde, in the Baoule-Mossi region of the West Africa Craton. Since its first gold pour in 2008, it has produced some 1.6 Moz, and having been expanded over four times since commissioning, produces over 7 200 tonnes per day.
Taparko-Bouroum Gold Mine
Production began at Taparko Mine, approximately 200 km northeast of Ouagadougou, in 2007. The Bouroum Mine site, a satellite of Taparko, is situated approximately 49 km northwest of the main Taparko site where all the mining and milling facilities are located. The Life of Mine is currently being expanded.
The mine comprises four open-pits that use conventional surface mining methods involving drilling and blasting, followed by a load and haul process allowing for selective mining of the ore. Ore from the pit is then transported to a designated stockpile and fed into a crushing circuit. The crushed material is then delivered to a grinding circuit consisting of SAG and Ball Mills. The milled product is thickened and leached into a CIP Circuit. The Taparko-Bouroum Mine should process 1 million tonnes of ore per annum with gold production averaging 90 000 ounces over 8 years.
Bissa Gold Mine
85 km north of Ouagadougou, the Bissa project covers 1 000 km² and includes the following permits around Bissa: Bouly, Liliga, Gougre and Rofo Lessa. It has a Measured Resource of 81 980 oz, an Indicated Resource of 580 270 oz and an Inferred Resource of 679 470 oz gold. This includes Bissa Hill. The Gourge Main Zone represents a potentially important new zone of gold mineralisation which has the potential to add to resources. The Bissa Mine includes the Ronguen Gold Deposit located approximately 15 km North-Northwest of the mine.
Ore from the mine is brought to the Run of Mine pad, stockpiled and fed to the crusher to begin the first stage of processing. The processing method used at Bissa is conventional single stage crushing, SAG and ball milling, and gold is recovered in a CIL circuit.
Youga Gold Mine
The Avesoro Resources-operated Youga Gold Mine is situated about 180 km southeast of Ouagadougou. Youga’s mineral reserves are estimated at 14.74 Mt containing 814 900 oz of gold grading at 1.72 g/t, mined through conventional open-pit methods of drilling and blasting. Youga mine also has processing operations, with the plant also receiving mined ores from the nearby Netiana and Ouaré deposits.
With many more projects expected to come online over the next few years, the importance of Burkina Faso to the world’s gold economy is likely to become entrenched as the gold rush in the country continues.
Technology and equipment suppliers to the gold mining industry should be targeting this region.
Want to get the latest mining news, insights and analysis? You need AMIQ!
AMIQ tracks over 2 000 projects across Africa. If you want to invest in mining, if you want to invest in Africa, if you provide product or services to mines in Africa, you need AMIQ intel.
Africa Mining IQ has created various analysis reports to provide you with an overview of mining projects in Africa by region, mineral type, and plant type. You can use these reports to analyse growth potential in developing commodity markets and better strategically plan your business development efforts. Africa Mining IQ provides a complete project report for each of the over 1 900 African projects we track, including everything from historical and up to the minute commentaries to contact details for suppliers, engineers and mine owners.
AMIQ has 170 company subscriptions, 20% of which are international. It is becoming easier to do business across the globe. AMIQ is for anyone who supplies a product or provides a service to mines. With key contact details, and being in the know in the early stages of project development, you can build meaningful relationships with the right people and position yourself early for a successful bid for mining projects in Africa. Keep a close eye on developing projects aligned to your business and identify projects, with weekly or monthly alerts. Don’t delay, subscribe to AMIQ today and reap the rewards of comprehensive African mining project intelligence.
Contact Africa Mining IQ today on +27 11 830 2132 to target business opportunities in Africa's growing mining industry!
+ Quick Links
Chrome Mining in South Africa
Coal Mines in South Africa
Coal Mining in South Africa
Diamond Mining in South Africa
Gold Mining in South Africa
Impala Platinum Mines
Kumba Iron Ore
List of South African Mines
Mines for Sale in South Africa
Mines in South Africa
Mining Activity in South Africa
Mining Industry in South Africa
Mining in Limpopo
Mining in Mpumalanga
Mining in South Africa
Platinum Mining in South Africa
South African Mines Contact Details
South African Mines Directory
Mining in Southern Africa
Mining Business Opportunities in SA
Mining Opportunities in South Africa
Mines in South Africa
Mining in Limpopo
Mining in Mpumalanga
Copper Mining in Zambia
Copper Mining in Africa
Anglo American coal mines South Africa
Biggest mining companies in Africa
Coal Mining Companies in South Africa
Chrome Mining Companies in South Africa
Mining Companies in Angola
Mining Companies in DRC
Mining Companies in Gauteng
Mining Companies in Ghana
Mining Companies in Johannesburg
Mining Companies in Mpumalanga
Mining Companies in Rustenburg
Mining Companies in South Africa
Mining Companies in Zambia
Mining IQ Xstrata Mines
New Mining Companies
Smallest Mining Companies in Africa
Top Mining Companies in Africa