SEMAFO Inc. reported that construction of the Boungou mine in Burkina Faso was 75% complete and remains on budget for commissioning in the third quarter of 2018. The company has so far invested $148 million. More than 90% of the total concrete pour, some 60% of structural steel and 30% of mechanical installation has been completed. The SAG mill is being installed. Structural steel for the pebble crusher, reagent storage, reclaim, grinding, workshop and pipe rack areas has been erected. The tailings storage facility is more than 60% complete. Pre-stripping continues at the Boungou deposit with 8.3 million of the projected 18 million metric tons (mt) already moved.