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The World's Next Mining Hotspot

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West Africa is well endowed with mineral resources, and many world-class deposits have been discovered there in recent years. The region is a key source of gold, iron ore, bauxite, diamonds, phosphate, uranium, and its mainly untapped mineral wealth provides exceptional greenfield development potential.

But despite increased interest in the whole spectrum of commodities in West Africa, the region is a hotspot for investment in gold exploration.

Foreign companies invested billions of dollars in gold exploration activities over the past few years, resulting in West Africa having the biggest growth rate in the yellow metal’s resources in the world.

Data compiled from Mining Intelligence’s proprietary database demonstrates the number of gold asset changes within West Africa’s mining development pipeline.


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Moving down the pipeline from operating mines to exploration projects, the number of gold assets increases, with 61 assets (33% of all assets, regardless of commodity) in the production or construction stages, 24 assets, or 45% of all projects undergoing economic assessment studies, and a whopping 367 assets in the exploration phase. Related: How Big Pharma Is Profiting On The Opiate Problem They Created

74% of all exploration projects are focused on gold.

This focus on gold in the exploration stage indicates that the importance of gold in West Africa’s mining sector will only increase in the future, as new projects will enter the production phase.

Experts are confident that significant local gold resources were underexplored, and this can spark even more interest from the international mining community.

Recent gold production numbers show that South Africa was still the biggest gold producer in the region in 2017, but West Africa’s gold mining industry, led by Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso, already produces nearly twice as much gold as South Africa, and Ghana alone has chances to overtake its struggling southern peers in gold output in the foreseeable future.

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Another important indicator of West Africa’s gold mining sector enticement for investors is production costs measured by the World Gold Council’s all-in sustaining costs (AISC) metrics. AISC shows that in Q2 2018, two West Africa mines were in the global list of top 6 lowest cost gold operations.

B2Gold’s new open-pit high-grade Fekola mine in Mali was the second lowest cost mine by AISC ($445/ozt), and Perseus Mining’s new SGP mine in Ivory Coast was sixth ($520/ozt).

With South Africa’s gold mining sector struggling with increased production costs at underground mines, socio-political turmoil and regulatory headwinds, West Africa is quickly becoming the continent’s main gold mining hub.

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