B2Gold has successfully commissioned the mill expansion at its Mali-based Fekola gold mine to 7.5 Mtpa, approximately one month ahead of the scheduled completion date of 30 September 2020.
This includes completion of all major construction activities associated with the Fekola mill expansion, as well as successful execution of a process performance test to compare with design expectations.
Four days after start-up, a five-day mill performance test was conducted from 26 – 30 August. The results of the performance test exceeded design in throughput, gold recovery, grind and availability over the five-day day period.
The minor, outstanding construction work is expected to be completed by mid-September 2020.
The Fekola mine continues to operate unimpeded and no operational days have been lost due to the recent political developments in Mali or the COVID-19 pandemic.
B2Gold will continue to work with regional and national governments to ensure that its mining operations continue normally, providing important economic benefits to all stakeholders, including our employees, governments and the communities around the mine.
In addition, the company recently has partnered with the government to assist the people of Mali in facing the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the mining sector.