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New mining school to boost Gabon manganese refinery performance

This school, which was recently inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba, alongside the Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe Patrice Trovoada, will help boost the performance of the Moanda Metallurgical Complex, located in the Haut-Ogooué province of Gabon.

The Moanda Metallurgical Complex complex consists of two plants: one of silicomanganese and another of metal manganese.

Gabon smelting complex beneficiation
Moanda Metallurgical Complex in the province of Haut-Ogooué in South-East Gabon

The silicomanganese plant has a capacity of 65 000 tpa and has been operational since august 2014, while the second plant (metal manganese plant) with a capacity of 20 000 tpa has been in operation since January 2015.

The result of a public-private partnership between the Gabonese government, the Ogooué Mining Company (COMILOG) and the University of Nancy, the E3M is testament to the President’s determination to provide Gabonese and other African students with a modern, well-adapted infrastructure for their professional training.

The appointed spokesperson for African Youth has sought to translate this ambition into tangible results, particularly via his “Equal Opportunities” programme, a major priority of which is ensuring access to professional training at new regional training centres and technical schools for tomorrow’s African leaders.

Trovoada believes that the school responds to the need for greater diversification in [Gabon’s] economy. “To achieve this goal we need establishments that can provide training for our engineers and senior technicians.”

As the first institution of its kind in the sub-region, the school will also enable Gabon to promote exchanges with the Central African sub-region and beyond, as the school will be accessible to students across the continent who wish to develop their skills in the field of mining and metallurgy.

Occupying a 40 ha site the school consists of state-of-the-art administrative and teaching buildings, a dormitory, a library, a language laboratory, an IT room and a 150-seat lecture hall, in addition to two technical halls, a canteen and sports facilities.

Over time the E3M school will enable the training of many engineers from Gabon as well as from the continent as a whole, in order to meet the growing needs of the mining industry.

The construction of the E3M school is part of a general plan to industrialise different strands of the economy, including mining, petroleum and forestry, supported in each case by a specialised school dedicated to training future engineers, such as the Port-Gentil Petroleum and Gas Institute or the Wood Industry School being constructed in Booué.

Chantelle Kotze
Chantelle Kotze is a Johannesburg-based media professional. She is a contributor at Mining Review Africa (Clarion Events - Africa) and has created content for the media brand over the past 6 years.