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Otjikoto

Africa, Namibia

The Otjikoto Project is the largest gold mine in Namibia, producing 140,000 ounces per year and above nameplate throughput and recovery.

The site is located 300 km north of Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek in the western part of southern Africa. Namibia has a long history of mining and currently the industry provides 25% of Namibia’s revenue making it the single most important contributor to the economy.

In 2013 B2Gold announced the commercial development of the Otjikoto project and awarded Lycopodium the EP (engineering & procurement) contract with a design scope for the complete process plant design plus plant infrastructure (administration and mine services buildings, sewage, water and power distribution).

The process flowsheet encompassed primary crushing, milling, a gravity circuit which takes 100% of the process flow, pebble return circuit with provision for future crushing, leaching, CIP (carbon-in-pulp) and then a standard desorption and electrowinning circuit before smelting.

Lycopodium completed design and procurement activities and provided onsite support to the construction and commissioning teams.

B2Gold Corp is a Vancouver based gold producer with three other operating mines (two in Nicaragua and one in the Philippines) and a portfolio of development and exploration assets in Nicaragua, Colombia, Namibia and Uruguay.

The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

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