ASX-listed gold developer West African Resources has received environmental approval for its 100%-owned Tanlouka gold project in Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso – The environmental permit for Tanlouka was received from the Burkina Faso Ministry of the Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change on 8 December 2016.
This is the last of all of the major permits required by West African Resources for the development of the project in advance of obtaining the mining licence.
The next and final stage of the mine permitting process is well advanced and West African anticipates to be granted a mining licence from the Burkina Faso Ministry of Mines before the end of the first quarter of 2017.
“The approval of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) is a major achievement and brings us to the final stages of the permitting process for Tanlouka,” says West African Resources MD Richard Hyde.
“We would like to thank the government of Burkina Faso and its permitting bodies as well as our key stakeholders and local communities for the strong support they have shown for the project.”
Key management appointments
The company is also pleased to advise that Lyndon Hopkins, a geologist with more than 20 years’ experience in gold exploration, development and production, has been appointed COO.
Hopkins was COO of Equigold NL’s Ivory Coast operations and managed the in-country aspects of the project development and feasibility study for the Bonikro gold mine which commenced production in 2008. More recently, he was mine manager for the construction of Regis Resources Rosemont gold mine.
Hopkins, who has led the CIL feasibility study, is expected to make a seamless transition into the COO role.
Moreover, Joanne Thompson has joined the team as sustainability manager.
Thompson, who is highly qualified to guide the community engagement processes, environmental programmes and sustainable development protocols, will primarily be responsible to continue development of the company’s community engagement policies and programmes, establish and implement environmental management systems (including compliance and monitoring), and manage the overall sustainability plan.
Thompson’s work experience includes senior closure and reclamation planner, mine operations environmental officer, and environmental officer positions with Newmont Mining at their in Australia and internationally.
More recently, Ms. Thompson worked with leading international resource consultancy SRK in Denver, Colorado specialising in areas of environment and community engagement in USA, Canada, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Republic of Congo.
“These key appointments are integral to building a quality team to advance the Tanlouka gold project towards production,” says Hyde.