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The Massawa gold project is located within the Kounemba permit in eastern Senegal which geologically lies within the 150 kilometre long Mako greenstone belt. 

The Mako greenstone belt comprises mafic-ultramafic and felsic volcanic rocks intruded by granitoids.  

A regional crustal scale shear zone, the Main Transcurrent Shear Zone (MTZ) with a northeast-southwest trend, exploits the lithological contact between the Mako and the Dialé-Daléma supergroups and is the host structure to mineralisation at Massawa.

Randgold controls the groundholding over more than 50% of the strike extent of this very prospective belt.

Achieved in 2016

  • Expanded reserves with the inclusion of the Sofia deposit
  • Updated technical and financial study of combined Massawa-Sofia project
  • Completed detailed ore characterisation of the Massawa deposit
  • Completed bio-oxidation test work of Massawa Northern Zone
  • Updated project metallurgical flowsheet

Targeted in 2017

  • Expand Sofia reserves
  • Complete drill out and metallurgical testwork at Massawa
  • Update environmental and social impact assessments
  • Advance final feasibility study and development timeline of project
  • Continue exploration on the broader Kanoumba permit

Massawa Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves 2016