Vital Metals Starts Scoping Study at Kollo

Australian junior development company Vital Metals has initiated a scoping study to assess the viability of developing an open-pit mining and processing operation on its 100% owned Kollo gold project in Burkina Faso.

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Simfer Joint Venture Submits Feasibility Studies to Government

Rio Tinto reported in mid-May that the Simfer joint venture has submitted mine and infrastructure bankable feasibility studies for the Simandou South iron ore project to the government of Guinea. The project is based on one of the world’s largest untapped, high-grade iron ore resources, totaling more than 2 billion mt.

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Rusal, Guinea Sign Bauxite/Alumina Production Agreements

Russian aluminum producer Rusal and the Republic of Guinea have signed agreements that will allow Rusal to restart currently suspended production at the Friguia bauxite/alumina complex and initiate mining of the Dian-Dian bauxite deposit in Guinea.

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Aureus Reaches Commercial Production at New Liberty

Aureus Mining’s New Liberty open-pit gold mine in northwest Liberia reached commercial production on March 1 and produced 4,500 oz of gold during the first two weeks of the month. The product was shipped to the MKS PAMP refinery in Switzerland for smelting and refining. New Liberty is currently scheduled to have an eight-year life and to produce 119,000 oz/y during its first six years of production.

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