Sabodala Gold Project

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The Sabodala Gold Project, located in Sabodala in south-east Senegal, approximately 600 air/km from Dakar, encompasses the design and construction of a fully functional gold processing plant and associated infrastructure works.

The operation consists of an open-cut mine and associated CIL Process Facility comprising crushing, grinding, leaching and desorption circuits designed to treat 2 Mt/y of gold bearing ore.

Ausenco was engaged to provide the Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management, Commissioning and Performance Testing services for the delivery of the 2 Mt/y gold mine processing plant and associated infrastructure, including a 650 man accommodation facility, mine vehicle workshops and light industrial areas.

  • First Senegalese commercial gold operation
  • Safety record of over 2 million man-hours managed with 1 off LTI with predominantly Senegalese labour and minimal safety awareness
  • Peak project manning on site of 1 200 personnel with 80% Senegalese semi-skilled and unskilled labour use
  • Overcame significant shipping and land transport logistics issues
  • Practical Completion on 4th March 2009, 1st Gold poured 15th March 2009
  • Exceeded the nameplate performance of the plant within the commissioning period
  • Completion of the Performance Trials and client final handover on the 10th of April 2009

Project details

Commodities
Gold, Precious metals
Location
Sabodala, Senegal
Business line
Minerals & Metals
Client
Sabodala Mining Company SARL
Timeframe
2007-2009
Solution phase
Create (EPCM)
Project value
US$90m
Services
Engineering, Global procurement, Construction management, EPC/EPCM, Studies and technical solutions