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Mining in West Africa
BY Alex Conradie
Burkina Faso
20 November 2020
R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
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Mining in West Africa


Minerals produced in West Africa include bauxite, coal, copper, diamonds, gemstones, gold, ilmenite, iron ore, lead, manganese, nickel, phosphate rock, rutile, silver, columbite-tantalite, tin, uranium, zinc and zircon. A large number of companies and artisanal miners are involved in the region’s mining sector. In 2019, West African countries increased exports of minerals by more than 20%. Factors such as low economic growth in major mineral importers, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, inadequate infrastructure, and security risks in some countries, continue to have an impact on the performance of West Africa’s mining sector.


Opportunities


Dozens of companies are actively exploring the region, especially for gold, as West Africa’s gold deposits are generally shallow, which means they can be mined easily and at relatively low costs. In 2018, the region had more than 60 gold mines producing or under construction and hundreds of projects in the economic assessment and exploration stage. However, some challenges include a general lack of skilled workers and inadequate infrastructure such as roads and electricity.


Government Involvement


The mining sector has been identified by most countries in the region as a potential catalyst for economic development, and there is a determined effort to develop the sector and to make it more attractive to investors. These include invitations for plans to develop mines and plants, plans to group artisanal miners into cooperatives and the granting of refining licences.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on Mining in West Africa and includes information on mining resources and production across the region, trade statistics, developments, corporate actions, pertinent regulation and other influencing factors. There are profiles of 42 companies including major players such as Aluminium Corporation of China, Barrick Gold, and Newmont Mining, as well as AngloGold Ashanti, which restarted production at its Obuasi mine in Ghana, five years after mining was suspended, and Canadian company Iamgold, which has received the mining permit for its Boto gold project in Senegal.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. REGION INFORMATION 1
3. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 3
3.1. Geographic Position 7
3.2. Industry Value Chain 13
4. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 14
5. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 17
5.1. Local 17
5.1.1. Trade 22
5.1.2. Corporate Actions 26
5.1.3. Regulations 32
5.2. Continental 35
5.3. International 36
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 37
6.1. Economic Environment 37
6.2. Coronavirus 38
6.3. Government Involvement 39
6.4. Lack of Infrastructure 40
6.5. Security Risks 40
6.6. Labour Resources 42
6.7. Environmental Concerns 43
6.8. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 44
7. COMPETITION 44
7.1. Barriers to Entry 44
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 45
9. OUTLOOK 46
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 46
11. REFERENCES 46
11.1. Publications 46
11.2. Websites 47
APPENDIX 1 49
Notable Exploration & Development and Mining Companies Involved in West Africa 49
COMPANY PROFILES 58
ABOSSO GOLDFIELDS LTD 58
ALLIANCE MINIERE RESPONSABLE SAS 60
ALUMINUM CORPORATION OF CHINA LTD 62
AMR GOLD LTD 67
ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD 69
AVESORO RESOURCES INC. 75
B2GOLD CORP 78
BALAJI GROUP OF COMPANIES 83
BARRICK GOLD CORPORATION 86
COMPAGNIE DES BAUXITES DE GUINEE 91
COMPAGNIE DES BAUXITES DE KINDIA S.A. 93
ENDEAVOUR MINING CORPORATION 94
GHANA BAUXITE COMPANY LTD 98
GHANA MANGANESE COMPANY LTD 100
GOLD FIELDS GHANA LTD 102
GOLDEN STAR RESOURCES LTD 104
GUINEA ALUMINA CORPORATION S.A. 107
GUINEENNE DES MINES 110
HUMMINGBIRD RESOURCES PLC 112
IAMGOLD CORPORATION 116
KERAS RESOURCES PLC 121
KINROSS GOLD CORPORATION 124
KOIDU LTD 128
MULTIVERSE MINING AND EXPLORATION PLC 130
NEWFIELD RESOURCES LTD 132
NEWMONT GHANA GOLD LTD 135
NORD GOLD S.E. 138
ORANO S.A. 141
PERSEUS MINING (GHANA) LTD 145
RESOLUTE MINING LTD 148
ROXGOLD INC. 153
SHILOH MANGANESE S.A. 156
SIERRA MINERAL HOLDINGS 1 LTD 158
SIERRA RUTILE LTD 160
SOCIETE DES MINES DU LIPTAKO S.A. 163
SOCIETE MINIERE DE BOKE 165
TERANGA GOLD (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD 167
THOR EXPLORATIONS LTD 170
TREVALI MINING CORPORATION 172
UNITED COMPANY RUSAL, INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC JOINT-STOCK COMPANY 175
VEDANTA RESOURCES LTD 180
WEST AFRICAN RESOURCES LTD 184
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