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Endeavour Mining Celebrates First Gold Pour in Senegal Expansion

Milestone Achieved On-Time and On-Budget at Sabodala-Massawa Mine

by Ikeoluwa Ogungbangbe

Endeavour Mining, a prominent player in the global mining industry, has recently celebrated a significant milestone with the first successful pour of gold from its expanded Sabodala-Massawa mine in Senegal. The event, which took place on April 18, is a significant milestone in the company’s strategic expansion and demonstrated the company’s commitment to growing its operational capabilities and presence in West Africa,

Endeavour Mining, which is supported by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, started the expansion project two years ago with the goal of greatly increasing its production capacity. The company’s strong project management and operational efficiency are demonstrated by the BIOX expansion project, which was successfully completed on time and under the $290 million budget. With this accomplishment, Endeavour Mining is well on its way to reaching its projected gold output of between 1.13 million and 1.27 million ounces for the year 2024.

Endeavour Mining’s development at the Sabodala-Massawa site is the company’s fourth significant capital project in the last ten years, demonstrating its continued commitment to and faith in the local mining industry. In expressing his delight with the project, CEO of Endeavour Mining Ian Cockerill said, “This is a credit to the excellence of our projects team and the competitive advantage we have in West Africa.”

Later in the second quarter of this year, commercial production from the additional facilities is expected to start, with plans to ramp up to full operational capacity—1.2 million tonnes annually—by the third quarter. This expansion greatly boosts local employment and economic development in addition to increasing the mine’s output.

Furthermore, Endeavour Mining is starting to concentrate on its upcoming major project, the Côte d’Ivoire-based Lafigué project. This project is also moving along quickly, with completion anticipated a full quarter ahead of schedule. This further demonstrates Endeavour’s capacity to effectively manage large-scale mining projects.

Nonetheless, there are a number of obstacles in the way of the company’s recent successes. Due to extreme misconduct, Endeavour Mining suffered a blow earlier this year when Sébastien de Montessus, the company’s previous president and CEO, was fired. This leadership transition took place in the midst of continued consequences from the tenure of the dismissed executive, specifically allegations of misrepresentation during the sale of two other African gold mines, Wahgnion and Boungou in Burkina Faso.

The profitable gold pour at the Sabodala-Massawa mine raises hopes for Endeavour Mining’s future notwithstanding these disputes. It strengthens the company’s standing as a pioneer in the African mining sector and demonstrates its tenacity and capacity for keeping its word. The expansion boosts Endeavour’s ability to produce and provides a solid foundation for its next initiatives and general business health.

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