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Abujar gold project in Côte d’Ivoire wet commissioned

The Abujar gold project in Côte d’Ivoire has been wet commissioned. West African gold explorer and developer, Tietto Minerals made the announcement and said they expect the first gold pour at the 3.45Moz Abujar gold project within ten days.

The Abujar Gold Project is located approximately 30km from the major regional city of Daloa in central western Côte D’Ivoire. The open-pit gold mine is projected to become one of the largest gold mines in Côte d’Ivoire, with an estimated production rate of 260,000 ounces gold in the first year and 1.2Moz over the first six years.

Abujar Gold Project

The firm started operations at the semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill and 4.5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) carbon-in-leach processor at the project, following 12 months of construction work. Once the processing plant and tailings storage facility (TSF) are fully operational, the gold project is anticipated to produce 260,00oz of gold in its first year. Tietto plans to undertake up to 120,000m of diamond drilling activities in CY23 at the Abujar project, using its fleet of eight rigs.

“To build a gold mine the size of Abujar in less than 12 months is a monumental achievement. To do it during Covid with supply chain issues, escalated pricing and skilled people shortage made it, almost, mission impossible. Our in‐house construction team has demonstrated it can be delivered through careful planning, diligent management and hard work. Upon Tietto achieving first gold at the Abujar Gold Project, Abujar will become West Africa’s newest producing gold mine,” Tietto Minerals managing director Caigen Wang said.

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