An independent French company, designed to develop mining projects in Africa in the respect of the environment and local communities, has announced that operations have commenced at its flagship bauxite mine in Guinea.
Alliance Minière Responsable (AMR) , which was founded over 4 years ago develop a mining production with the highest standards regarding the environment and the local communities, officially started production across its research permit in the Boke prefecture of Guinea Conarky.
The company has targeted a production total between 6 and 10 million tonnes of bauxite over the nest two years. The total production estimate for the entirety of the operation’s life of mine, which is 15 years, could be as much as 150 million tonnes.
Guinea is the first country in the world for its bauxite reserves, and the second largest producer of alumina behind Australia.
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“Guinea has the biggest world reserves of bauxite and the best quality in the world. But like many sectors in Guinea, the mining industry is very much under developed,” says Romain Girbal CEO of AMR.
“We saw this as a great opportunity. Over the last 5 years some big players of the bauxite industry arrived in Guinea and therefore now some very serious companies like SMB got into production or some companies like ALUFER or GAC are about to start producing. This is an amazing sign for Guinea, showing that this country now attracts heavy investments.”
Read our exclusive Q&A with AMR in Mining Global Magazine May 2017