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Orezone/IAMGOLD Essakane Gold Mine

Producer Of



Oudalan province, Burkina Faso


Essakane Sarl

Geology Type

Volcano-sedimentary sequence in a greenstone belt

Mineral Type

Saprolite, saprock and fresh ores

Reserve Base

Total indicated resources of 4Moz Au at an average grade of 1.58g/t, and inferred resources of 1.3Moz Au of at a 0.5g/t cut-off

Annual Production

About 2.5Moz of gold in total over expected 8.6-year life of the mine

Mining Method

Open pit

Processing Method

Crushing and milling, then gravity concentration and intensive cyanidation


Maximum of about 215

Open Pit

120t and 290t Terex excavators, 140t (nominally) Caterpillar trucks and Atlas Copco drill rigs

Processing Plant

MMD mineral sizers, FL Smidth SAG and Ball mills, Multotec cyclone clusters, Falcon concentrators, Gekko intense cyanidation reactor, Kemix agitators and carbon screens, Outokompu tailing thickener and Linde pressure-swing-adsorption unit

Engineering Contractor

GRD Minproc

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