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Semafo achieves commercial production at Boungou gold mine

Semafo Inc. achieved commercial production at its Boungou gold mine in Burkina Faso, effective Sept. 1.

During the initial 30-day period, the mill processed more than 90,000 tonnes of ore at an average 2.4 g/t of gold, with a recovery rate of 83% mainly from lower grade ore.

Introduction of higher grade ore during process optimization yielded a recovery rate of over 93%, the company said Sept. 4.

The Boungou mine achieved first gold pour in late June and produced 12,000 ounces of gold in the pre-commercial period from June to the end of August.

In 2018, Boungou is expected to produce 60,000 to 70,000 ounces of gold in commercial production.