Iamgold has announced positive results from a prefeasibility study (PFS) of installing a heap-leach operation to process lower-grade mineralization at its Essakane mine in northeast Burkina Faso. Essakane currently produces about 390,000 ounces per year (oz/y) of gold from open-pit mining and CIL processing. The PFS contemplates added production of 72,000 oz/y from heap leaching over a period of 6.5 years, and total life-of-mine average production from Essakane of 471,000 oz/y over a period of 8.5 years.
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