ASX-listed West African gold developer Bassari Resources has appointed Senegalese-registered Junction Contract Mining SARL (JCM) as the contract miners to the company’s Makabingui gold project.
The Perth-headquartered contract miner, which has a long and successful history of contract mining in West Africa, provides significant capital savings to the project.
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They have arranged for the supply and immediate import to Senegal of the necessary mining equipment, including excavators, trucks, loaders, drilling rigs, grader, bulldozer, compactor and telehander.
The new equipment, sourced in Europe, facilitates mining commencing in the near future, following the arrival of the equipment into Dakar.
JCM’s work will include, but is not be confined to the following:
- Planning and management of the mining work
- Mobilisation and establishment
- Maintenance of mining plant and equipment
- Clearing and grubbing of the mine site
- Construct and manage all in-pit drainage
- Drill and blast ore and waste material
- Provide all explosives and blasting agents
- Excavation and haulage of all waste rock
- Selective mining and haulage of all ores to stockpiles and processing plant
- Construct and maintain all on-site access and haul roads
- Management of stockpiling and dumping areas
- Provide grade control samples from RC and blast hole drilling
- Carry out secondary crushing of ore at mine site
- Provision of management, safety, environmental and quality assurance plans.
The development of the project is well advanced. As the company had previously constructed a 300 000 tpa plant, mining camp, water dam and roads. Bassari now needs to complete the import of equipment to upgrade the plant.
The upgrade process is well underway. In addition, a mining plan has been implemented which involves the initial mining of the high grade pits 1 and 2.
As of January 2020, the two ball mills which arrived in late December 2019 have been delivered to the mine site, together with agitators and spares, while the rebar and cutting and bending machine have also been delivered in preparation for the plant upgrade foundations.
The major works completed on site include plant ROM pad and resheeting, the installation of the sewerage plant as well as the completion of all roadworks around the plant. The plant security fence has also been installed.