The first concrete has been poured by IMAGRI-SARL, the civil works contractor, for the foundations for the plant at Yanfolila. Concrete pours will now continue over the next three months.
“I continue to be impressed with the progress our team and our contractors are making on site at Yanfolila,” says Dan Betts, CEO of Hummingbird Resources.
“The first concrete pour is a significant milestone on our path to production and we remain on schedule for our first gold pour by the end of next year.”
Several material orders have now been placed for the project with suppliers, such as the agitators being ordered with Afromix, linear screens being ordered with Delkor, regeneration kiln and interstage screens being ordered on Kemix.
Having committed to US$12 million of the project budget, Hummingbird Resources remains on budget and schedule for the construction of the Yanfolila mine.
The order for the primary and secondary crushers, together with screens and feeders was placed with Metso.
The detailed design of the process plant is progressing well and procurement of equipment is showing that the market is extremely competitive with vendors offering good prices and delivery times.
The compensation process to 50 farmers for loss of croplands over areas of construction, mining and associated infrastructure has been completed.
Hummingbird Resources says it looks forward to continuing a good relationship with the local communities and has initiated a proactive CSR programme, including the on-going support to teachers and nurses within the local communities and market garden programmes.
Opportunities for partnership with national and international organisations are currently being evaluated, principally in the fields of health, education and livelihood development projects.
Local employment and procurement remain key pillars of the Local Sustainable Development Plan.
During this initial construction period approximately 100 jobs have been created by the company and major contractors, of which over 90% are Malian and around 40% are filled by local communities.
Interactions with local suppliers for fresh produce and construction materials are underway, with an increasing amount of goods being sourced directly from local communities.