Akobo kicks off ultra-small mining in Ethiopia

Akobo Minerals has kicked off ultra-small mining in Ethiopia. The firm aims to demonstrate the viability of mining from the washed-out tailings of abandoned artisanal mines.

The ultra-small plant began with early test production already washed-out tailings from previous artisanal mining – and extracted some gold. The waste, or tailings, is oftentimes still rich in mineral deposits. The Segele deposit was discovered by artisanal miners in 2015 and has produced high-grade gold since. The Ethiopian government predicts that a total of 600kg has been recovered from the main pit.

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The plant will be fed with crushed and milled material from the locally sourced crushing machine which is also in operation. The decision was taken to have an ultra-small plant delivered from Solo Resources as a stop-gap measure while the main plant was en route from South Africa, following delays primarily due to electricity shortages in the country and cement shortages in Ethiopia.

Jørgen Evjen, CEO of Akobo Minerals, said in a press release: “We had hoped for production by now from the main processing plant, but this stop-gap measure of using a two tonnes [per] hour ultra-small plant will allow us to use this proof-of-concept to iron out any issues now, whilst also securing some early gold production. The remaining parts required for the plant’s construction are due to arrive in the second quarter of 2023.  We are completing all necessary building and operational elements of the plant and we will be well-placed for the main plant’s successful integration once on-site”.


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