West Africa-focused gold producer SEMAFO has completed its first gold pour at the Boungou mine in Burkina Faso, slightly ahead of the original schedule.
This is the second gold mine that SEMAFO has successfully brought into production in Burkina Faso – the first being its Mana mine, which poured first gold in 2008.
The first pour at Boungou yielded approximately 325 oz of gold, the company reported on Thursday.
Dry and wet commissioning of the Boungou processing plant is now complete, as is its construction.
The vertimill and SAG mill are working according to design and have achieved the designed hourly throughput and grind size.
“The first gold pour at Boungou marks an important milestone in SEMAFO’s growth trajectory as it signals the beginning of a significant increase in production and cash flow,” says SEMAFO president and CEO Benoit Desormeaux.
“This achievement reflects a true team effort that involved the hard work and commitment of our in-house construction team and external contractors, combined with the strong support of our local communities. This major milestone was achieved while maintaining an exceptional safety record of 5.5 million hours without lost-time injury,” he adds.
At the end of May 2018, 17.2 Mt of the projected 18 Mt of pre-strip had been completed at Boungou and approximately 172 000 t of ore had been stockpiled for future processing, in line with our expectations.
Commercial production at Boungou is expected in August.