London Mining begins production at Sierra Leone mine

5 December 2011 (Last Updated December 5th, 2011 18:30)

London Mining has started production of iron ore from its Marampa operation in Sierra Leone.

London Mining has started production of iron ore from its Marampa operation in Sierra Leone.

The ore achieved validated plant design specifications of 65% Fe and 3.5% silica, and the first shipment is scheduled later this month.

The plant's first phase capacity is expected to increase by 11% to 4Mtpa based on further plant optimisation.

The company intends to spend a total of $234m on the prject, which is an 11% rise compared with the original $210m.

Bateman Engineering will undertake the bankable feasibility study programme for the phase 2A expansion, which is expected to be complete by next year.