Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — MININGREVIEW.COM — 03 November 2008 – Cluff Gold Plc – a British-based company focused on the identification and acquisition of mining deposits in West Africa – has poured the first gold at its Kalsaka Gold Project in Burkina Faso, making it the first British company to achieve this in the West African country.
Burkina Faso prime minister Tertius Zongo formally opened the Kalsaka mine, which is the second gold project that Cluff Gold has put into production this year. The first was its Angovia gold mine in Cote d’Ivoire.
A statement issued here by the company said the two projects are expected to produce 100 000 ounces of gold on an annualised basis from 2009. The company is in the process of consolidating and extending the production of both mines through a systematic evaluation of known satellite deposits.
Cluff Gold technical director Douglas Chikohora commented: “We are delighted to announce that the first gold pour has taken place at our Kalsaka Project, and we are honoured that the prime minister chose to officially open the mine. It shows that the government is fully supportive of what Cluff is trying to achieve in Burkina Faso.”
He added that Cluff was optimistic that it would achieve a production rate of 100 000 ounces of gold in 2009, and would generate a positive cash flow.
Prime minister Zongo said: “We are delighted to have Cluff Gold in Burkina Faso, and the Kalsaka gold mine will bring significant benefits to our country through providing jobs that will help to boost our economy.”