Teranga produces first gold at Burkina Faso mine ahead of schedule

TSX-listed miner Teranga Gold has poured gold for the first time at its Wahgnion project in Burkina Faso.

The mine is Teranga’s second gold operation in West Africa after the Sabodala mine in Senegal, and achieved first gold production two months ahead of schedule. This is after the site began processing ore last month.

Approximately 117,712 tonnes of low-grade ore was processed during commissioning at an average grade of 1.04 grams per tonne of gold. Chief operating officer Paul Chawrun said fine tuning will continue in September, with throughput and grade expected to ramp up during the fourth quarter.

“Typical with commissioning, low grade ore was used to ensure the extraction process is working well before putting higher grade material into the circuit,” said Chawrun.

“We were able to start production ahead of schedule due to the dedication of our owner’s team led by Metifex, as well as our EPCM partner Lycopodium.”

The company expects the Wahgnion mine to produce 30,000-40,000 ounces in 2019 and contribute to total consolidated production of 300,000-350,000 ounces in 2020.