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Mining in West Africa Updated Report Available
BY Alex Conradie
Senegal
23 May 2016
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The Mining Sector in West Africa


This report focuses on the mining sector in West Africa where an extensive established mining industry already exists. The region supplied 10% of the world’s manganese ore, 9% of its gold, 8% of its bauxite and 7% of its uranium during 2014, with the majority of the minerals being exported for further processing. As West Africa hosts significant volumes of unexploited mineral resources including iron ore, gold and uranium, the region is viewed as an area filled with mining potential. A large number of companies are involved in the region’s mining sector, including major companies like Rio Tinto, Glencore, United Company (UC) Rusal, Newmont Mining, AngloGold Ashanti, Vale and ArcelorMittal.


Key Issues


In the light of forecasts by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of overall growth of more than 5% per annum in West Africa over the next three years, investments into the sector have been made. However, doing business can be difficult; infrastructure is poor with the huge infrastructure deficit being described as “a potential bottleneck for mining development,” electricity supply is unreliable and inconsistent, and there are social, political and security risks.


Report Coverage


Mining in West Africa describes recent events in the regional mining sector, generic and country-specific regulations and the impact of the reduction in commodity prices. Investments into the mining sector and other corporate actions are listed, and factors influencing the success of the industry are discussed. The report profiles 55 mining companies including ERAMET, through its subsidiary Comilog, which is the second-largest producer of high-grade manganese ore in the world, and Areva which produced 1,988t of uranium in Niger. Also profiled are Ghanaian miner, Abosso Goldfields Ltd and Bellzone Mining Plc, which mines iron ore in Guinea where it is currently involved in exploration for copper, nickel, cobalt, manganese, chrome and platinum.


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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 5
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 18
4.1. Local 18
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 26
4.1.2. Regulations 29
4.2. Continental 33
4.3. International 33
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 34
5.1. Economic Environment 34
5.2. Lack of Infrastructure 35
5.3. Security Risks and Political Instability 36
5.4. Environmental Concerns 38
5.5. Labour Resources 39
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 40
6. COMPETITION 40
6.1. Barriers to Entry 40
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 41
8. OUTLOOK 42
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 42
10. REFERENCES 43
10.1. Publications 43
10.2. Websites 44
COMPANY PROFILES 46
Abosso Goldfields Ltd 46
African Gold Group Inc 48
Alufer Mining Ltd 51
AMR Gold Ltd 53
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd 55
Arcelormittal Liberia Ltd 61
Areva SA 63
Asanko Gold Inc 66
Avocet Mining Plc 70
Azumah Resources Ltd 74
B2Gold Corporation 77
Baomahun Gold Ltd 80
Bellzone Mining Plc 82
Cam Iron SA 85
Cameroon Alumina Ltd 87
Cavalla Resources Ltd 89
Centamin Plc 91
Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee 95
Endeavour Mining Corporation 97
ERAMET SA 101
Eta-Zuma Group Ltd 105
First Quantum Minerals Ltd 107
Glencore Plc 110
Great Quest Fertilizer Ltd 119
Gryphon Minerals Ltd 122
Hummingbird Resources Plc 126
Industries Chimiques du Senegal SA 129
Keras Resources Plc 132
Kogi Iron Ltd 135
Komet Resources Inc 138
MagIndustries Corporation 140
Managem SA 142
Mineral Deposits Ltd 145
MNG Gold AS 149
Newcrest Mining Ltd 151
Pan African Gold and Minerals (Pty) Ltd 155
Predictive Discovery Ltd 157
Randgold Resources Ltd 160
Robex Resources Inc 166
Royal Salt Ltd 168
Sable Mining Africa Ltd 169
Sarama Resources Ltd 172
Severstal OAO 175
Shandong Iron and Steel Group Co Ltd 179
Sierra Mineral Holdings 1 Ltd 181
Sierra Rutile Ltd 183
Societe Nationale Industrielle et Miniere SA 186
Societe Nouvelle des Phosphates du Togo 189
Stellar Diamonds Plc 190
Taurus Gold Ltd 193
Tolsa SA 195
Toro Gold Ltd 197
TrueGold Mining Inc 201
Vedanta Resources Plc 204
West African Resources Ltd 210
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