ASX-listed gold mining company West African Resources continued to ramp-up production at its Sanbrado project in Burkina Faso during the quarter ending 30 June 2020, despite challenging operating conditions due to Covid-19.
Sanbrado processed a total of 736kt of ore at a mill head grade of 1.50g/t and a gold recovery rate of 92% for 32 626 ounces of gold produced. According to a statement by the company, the site management team and contractors have done an exceptional job maintaining steady state operations at Sanbrado, with many personnel working longer than rostered periods on site, enduring lengthy periods of quarantine when returning home and when returning to Burkina Faso.
During the quarter only one returning employee tested positive for COVID-19 after arrival in Burkina Faso and was placed in quarantine facilities in Ouagadougou. The employee subsequently tested negative in the following days and returned to normal work activities on site.
While the quarter has presented many challenges at the time of reporting the company’s mining activities, the project continues to ramp up well on open-pit and underground development ore. Production guidance for 2021 will be set in Q4 2020 providing there are no material impacts from Covid-19 and management consider normal operations can be maintained.