The Akyem Gold Project is located in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region of Ghana; 133 kilometres northwest of the capital city of Accra. Akyem is a greenfield 8.5 Mtpa gold process plant with associated reagents and utilities; tailings storage dam; water storage dam; power connection and transmission from the regional power grid (via a 105km 132kV line), as well as 12 MW emergency power station.
Lycopodium was engaged to deliver Newmont’s Stages 4 & 5 of the Akyem Project.
Stage 4 involved performing option studies and other studies to determine Akyem’s economic viability and optimising a single option to develop the project to Stage 5. Stage 5 of Akyem was the full development of the project including detailed engineering, construction, commissioning, start-up and preliminary operations.
Primary crusher commissioning was completed in July 2013. First gold pour was achieved on 4 October, 2013 with Newmont announcing the safe and successful commercial production delivered on budget and on schedule.