Conakry, Guinea — MININGREVIEW.COM — 06 October 2009 – Protesters at international gold miner AngloGold Ashanti’s Siguiri mine in Guinea have caused minor disruptions to production by preventing workers from entering the site, the company reports.
Bloomberg News reports that villagers close to the project in the West African country are demanding the company supply them with electricity.
“There have been some minor disruptions to production because some buses that were transporting workers were prevented by the demonstrators from getting to the mine,” said AngloGold’s Johannesburg-based spokesman Alan Fine. “Production was affected to the extent that we were short-staffed at the mine … but overall the mine is still operating."
The world’s third biggest gold miner, AngloGold Ashanti produced 333 000 ounces of the precious metal at Siguiri in 2008, making it Guinea’s biggest gold project.
“Demonstrators blocked the route that leads to the plant to demand that the company provides electricity to the villagers,” said a Siguiri resident. Power supply to the town has been disrupted, a problem AngloGold has offered to help fix, but there has been a delay of about two weeks doing this, the firm said.