Asanko Gold, which is focused on delivering first gold from its Ghana-based Asanko gold project in Q1, 2016, has announced that a contractor engaged in mining activities has died on site following an accident yesterday.
The company did not reveal any further detail on the situation but stated it “is deeply saddened by the news and expresses its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.”
The incident was immediately reported to the relevant regulatory authorities who have conducted an initial inspection and have given clearance for work to resume. A full internal investigation into this incident is underway and a comprehensive review of both the mine and the contractor’s operating and health and safety procedures is also being conducted.
Phase 1 of the Asanko gold mine is currently under construction and will mine the Obotan project, which comprises the Nkran pit and four satellite deposits, Abore, Asuadai, Dynamite Hill and Adubiaso. It is wholly-owned by Asanko, with a 10% free carried interest held by the Government of Ghana which becomes effective once commercial production is achieved.
First gold is due is Q1, 2016 and steady-state production of 190 000 ozpa of gold expected in Q2, 2016.