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Dual-listed gold developer West African Resources has received environmental approval for its Sanbrado gold project in Burkina Faso.

“The updated Environmental Certificate is a key milestone and demonstrates
commitment from West African Resources to de-risking and developing the high-grade Sanbrado gold project," comments MD, Richard Hyde.

“Completion of the ESIA and RAP to IFC Standards is the result from over 18 months planning, preparation and execution by our in-country CSR team and Burkinabé consultants.

“West African Resources is on track to release a significantly improved Feasibility Study incorporating open pit and underground mine schedules later this quarter.”

The Burkina Faso Ministry of the Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change has approved the updated Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the Company’s 90%-owned Sanbrado gold project in Burkina Faso.

The Sanbrado gold project will be operated to both Burkinabé and internationally recognised environmental and social standards, in particular the Performance Standards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

West African engaged highly experienced independent consultants to work alongside the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team to deliver the ESIA and RAP to IFC standards including BEGE, a Burkinabe environmental consultancy, and international consultancy Knight Piésold.

The updated ESIA reflects the change in process from heap leach to carbon in leach extraction, and addition of underground mining to the overall mine plan, and is the penultimate stage of the permitting process with the updated Mining Licence expected in mid-2018.

The updated Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) included a regional census which identified all people living within the boundaries of the mining lease and those that may be potentially displaced by the proposed infrastructure zone encompassing mining, processing and other infrastructure areas.

The Sanbrado gold project will have a limited impact on the local community with less than 850 persons and 250 households impacted.

The updated ESIA reflects the change in process from heap leach to carbon in leach extraction, and addition of underground mining to the overall mine plan, and is the penultimate stage of the permitting process with the updated Mining Licence expected in mid-2018.