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Bissa Gold Project

Africa, Burkina Faso

Lycopodium was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management contract including commissioning of a 3 Mtpa of gold treatment plant and associated infrastructure.

The Bissa Gold Project is a greenfields gold project located approximately 85 km north of Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso, West Africa.
The project is owned by Bissa Gold SA (90% owned by High River Gold Mines Limited and 10% owned by the Burkina Faso Government). High River Gold is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The scope includes the process design, engineering design, procurement, construction management and commissioning of a gold carbon-in-leach plant and associated infrastructure capable of treating 3 Mtpa of gold bearing ore.
Lycopodium’s (EPCM) scope of services included:

  • The treatment plant
  • Plant site buildings
  • Overland piping to a raw water harvest dam and the tails storage facility

Key characteristics of the flowsheet include:

  • 600 tph Primary Crusher
  • 5,000t (live) stockpile
  • 8.5m Ø x 4.35m EGL, 6000kW SAG Mill
  • 6.1 m Ø x 9.05m EGL, 6000kW Ball Mill
  • 6 x CIL tanks, live volume 2900m3
  • 500 kg/h, horizontal, diesel fired carbon regeneration kiln
  • 10 tonne capacity acid wash column and 10 tonne capacity elution column
  • 2 x 24m3/hr capacity electrowinning cells
  • The process plant is expected to produce 257,000 oz/a of gold metal

The first milestone of passing rock through the crusher was achieved in November 2012.
The Project was completed in December 2012.

Notable features:

  • This is Lycopodiums, first full EPCM project completed in Burkina Faso
  • The project was completed under budget and on schedule
  • Over 1 million hours LTI free
  • Recipient of the Company’s Quarterly Safety Award
  • Lycopodium has left a positive community legacy
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