Liberia – Aureus Mining, the TSX and AIM listed West African gold producer, celebrated the government ceremonial opening and gold pour of its New Liberty gold mine last week.
The opening ceremony was attended by Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, who was accompanied by a governmental delegation, including the Honourable Patrick Sendolo, Minister for Lands Mines and Energy, other Liberian dignitaries and local community leaders.
The delegation was provided with a tour of the process plant facility, where a ribbon was cut to mark the official commissioning of the plant, followed by a ceremonial gold pour.
The delegation were also given a tour of the Hope for Tomorrow Agricultural Training Cooperative, a community cooperative set up by the company with financial support from a number of Aureus’ partners. The Cooperative trains members of the local community in sustainable agricultural methods including fruit and vegetable production, fish farming and animal husbandry.
“We have been honoured by the visit of Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to formally open New Liberty, Liberia’s first commercial gold mine. The New Liberty mine could not have been built without the strong support of the Liberian government, the support of the local communities, and the perseverance of all of those involved during what has been a challenging period for the country. Aureus has completed final plant commissioning and is now working towards reaching steady state production during Q4, 2015,” David Reading, President and CEO of Aureus Mining said at the opening.
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