Asante Gold Corporation has announced that the contract to conduct mining activities at the Bibiani Mine has been awarded to PW Mining, and mobilisation to site has commenced.
Open Pit Mining Operations will start in February 2021, to include development of satellite pits and provide feed material to the Process Plant from Q2 2022. Main pit development, to its planned ultimate +350 metres depth in 2029, includes a 4-stage cut back programme. Total material movement will be up to 75 million tonnes/year.
PW Mining will mobilise up to 125 units of heavy equipment, including drills, excavators, haulage trucks, bulldozers, and ancillary equipment. Site establishment includes construction of a heavy equipment maintenance facility, offices, and a training centre.
The contractor has been in operation in Ghana since 1994 and has delivered projects for many major mining companies in Ghana, including most recently for the Asanko Gold (Galiano Gold) Obotan mine, and employs a highly-trained and motivated workforce in West Africa, with Ghanaians representing over 98% of its staff. Its reputation of delivering projects safely, on time, and to the highest standards has been well established. In 2016 and 2019, the Ghana Chamber of Mines awarded PW Mining the Mining Services Contactor of the Year Award for outstanding service and for being a Mining Industry leader.
More than 850 people will be employed by the contractor at the Bibiani site. Having previously been contracted to mine at Bibiani, PW Mining is well known to the local communities where most of its workforce will be sourced. Asante and PW Mining are committed to employing more than 70% of the mine workers from the immediate community. To support achievement of this objective, a training centre will be built and equipped with a state-of-the art heavy equipment simulator facility, ensuring operators are trained and certified to the highest industry standards.
Refurbishment of the Process Plant was initiated in September 2021 and remains on track and on budget for first gold pour in Q3 2022. To achieve this objective, more than 900 people have been working on site.
Douglas MacQuarrie, President and CEO commented, “Our Team has been impressed by the quality of people, resources, and record of success in the mining business that PW Mining brings to the Bibiani Mine. Asante looks forward to working with PW Mining, and all our other project partners, to continue to deliver a safe and successful operation.”