Sanbrado Gold Project

Africa, Burkina Faso
The Sanbrado Gold Project is a high-grade underground and open-pit operation located 90 kilometres east-southeast of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, covering an aggregate area of 116 square kilometres.

The project boasts the highest grade of all deposits in the vicinity and is key to unlocking value in the region, estimated to hold 14 million ounces of undeveloped resources.

West African Resources is the region’s newest gold producer, pouring first gold at Sanbrado in March 2020, some three months ahead of schedule. Commencing in November 2018 and concluding in March 2020, Lycopodium’s scope on the project included Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) services in the delivery of the carbon-in-leach (CIL) treatment facility, including the process plant consisting of primary crushing, semi-autogenous  grinding and ball milling with a pebble crusher, associated plant services and selected plant infrastructure.

With an initial 10-year mine life, including 6.5 years of underground mining, Sanbrado is expected to produce more than 300,000 ounces of gold in its first year of production and an average of 217,000 ounces per year in its first five years.

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