SENET will carry out detailed engineering and will manage the mine construction as part of the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract at the 1.24 Mtpa gold project, for which Hummingbird Resources recently closed a US$71 million fundraise to commence full scale construction of Yanfolila.
SENET began detailed engineering on 1 July while procurement has also commenced on long lead items including the ball mill, tower crane, and the carbon-in-leach tanks.
Yanfolila is expected to pour first gold by the end of 2017, producing 132 000 oz of gold in first full year of production with a LoM average production of 107 000ozpa over the mines 7.5 year life.
“We have been working with SENET for two years through the optimisation of the project and delivery of the definitive feasibility study and we look forward to building a mine with them,” says Hummingbird Resources MD Dan Betts.
“SENET were previously involved with Yanfolila when it was owned by African gold major Gold Fields so their knowledge of the project is second to none. Coupled with their long and impressive history of delivering quality projects in Africa, this gives us all great confidence,” he adds.
Moreover, Hummingbird Resources has appointed Wayne Galea to lead the project development as Yanfolila project manager, a role which directly manages SENET.
A process engineer by background, Galea has worked for a number of the world’s leading engineering companies including AMEC, Bateman and Signet, where he has extensive experience of managing EPCM contracts. He has also worked directly for gold mining companies such KBK Gold where he was instrumental in their project execution.
Galea will work closely with Hummingbird Resources technical director Shaun Bunn has overall oversight of the project delivery, backed by his 30 years’ experience in the mining sector, managing projects through all stages of development and in production.
Betts welcomed Galea to the Hummingbird team highlighting his “wealth of experience” as beneficial to the company and the development of Yanfolila.