On top of a state coup, the departure of its majority shareholder Sir Mick Davis and intrinsic logistical issues on its Zogota iron ore project, Niron Metals is facing yet another major hurdle: its rights to the site only covered a feasibility assessment which even that, it is struggling to finish.
The arrival of a military junta in Conakry opens a new stage, the outcome of which remains uncertain, in the saga of the 2019 agreement between Beny Steinmetz's group and Alpha Condé over the Simandou and Zogota iron ore projects.
Niron Metals, run by Mick Davis, former Chief Executive of the British Conservative Party and to which Beny Steinmetz is linked, has a clear plan to mine the Guinean Zogota iron ore project, after reaching an agreement on the Simandou blocks.
The Brazilian firm Vale has filed a legal action seeking to establish if part of the funds that it paid to Beny Steinmetz's company within the framework of their Simandou iron ore partnership in Guinea was used for property investments in the United States.
The end to the epic legal battle between Conakry and Beny Steinmetz Group Resources (BSGR) over Guinea' vast iron ore resource Simandou on February 25, was shortly followed by the news that Sir Mick Davis, chief executive and treasurer of