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Simandou, Nimba and Zogota: the long and difficult road to the start of iron ore production
The iron ore deposits in Guinea. © AI

Simandou, Nimba and Zogota: the long and difficult road to the start of iron ore production

Guinea, which has some of the biggest unexploited iron ore deposits in the world in its south eastern corner, is also one of the countries in which they are the most difficult to bring into production, principally because of the absence of infrastructures to evacuate the ore. Société Minière de Boké, which has the rights to the northern part of the Simandou project, still believes in its project, however, and this could serve to encourage its neighbours in the southern part, Rio Tinto and Chinalco. Two other nearby iron ore bodies have also attracted the leading figures of the international mining sector, Nimba and Zogota. All this seems to be attracting new investors to adjoining exploration permits.

GUINEA Mining 15/12/2021
Rolling stock being installed on the Dapilon-Santou railway constructed by Winning Consortium Sandou for transporting bauxite in Guinea.
Rolling stock being installed on the Dapilon-Santou railway constructed by Winning Consortium Sandou for transporting bauxite in Guinea. © Winning Consortium Simandou/Facebook

Doumbouya seeks to combine Rio Tinto and Winning rail plans for Simandou 

Australian mining giant Rio Tinto is trying to assert its interests in the Simandou iron project over those of Winning Consortium, which is reputedly close to the president ousted in a coup in September, Alpha Condé. [...]

LIBERIA GUINEA Mining 19/05/2021
Former vice president and former presidential candidate of the former ruling Unity Party (UP) Joseph N Boakai (2-R), Charles Walker Brumskine (R) former presidential candidate of Liberty Party (LP), Alexander B. Cummings (2-L) of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), and Benoni Urey (L) of All Liberian Party (ALP).
Former vice president and former presidential candidate of the former ruling Unity Party (UP) Joseph N Boakai (2-R), Charles Walker Brumskine (R) former presidential candidate of Liberty Party (LP), Alexander B. Cummings (2-L) of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), and Benoni Urey (L) of All Liberian Party (ALP). © Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP

Guinean iron taken hostage by Liberian politics 

President George Weah's political opponents say they are concerned about the deal between the governments in Monrovia and Conakry on the transportation of Guinean iron via Liberia. Their concern is partly motivated by domestic issues. [...]

GUINEA Mining 02/12/2020
The iron ore project of Kuwait's Al Khaldiya group.
The iron ore project of Kuwait's Al Khaldiya group. © Africa Intelligence/Indigo Publications - 2020

Kuwait's Al Khaldiya opts for an earlier, smaller-scale production start at its Diecké iron ore project 

Al Khaldiya, which is controlled by Kuwaiti interests, has revised its strategy for its Diecké iron ore project in southeastern Guinea. It has lowered its initial production target from 4m to 1.5m tonnes with the aim of getting the mine into operation more quickly. [...]

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