EU High Representative Josep Borrell was questioned about the agreement signed between ArcelorMittal and the Liberian governement over expanding the Yekepa iron ore mine. The agreement has already been deemed worrisome by the Liberian parliament and companies working near Yekepa.
Guinean president Mamady Doumbouya has ordered a review of the rail and port infrastructure plans associated with the Simandou iron ore project, thereby delaying the start of the railway's construction. Liberia is also taking another look at plans for ArcelorMittal's rail line to transport ore through its territory.
Having completed the pre-feasibility study for its Nimba iron ore project in Guinea, SMFG has now finalised nearly all aspects for the project's advancement, except for one key issue: the transportation of its future output by train on ArcelorMittal's rail track, which will be needed to get its shipments to buyers.
UNESCO is concerned about the consequences for biodiversity from iron ore mining in Guinea's Nimba mountains. The company that owns the site plans to submit the first version of its study in 2022. This study is supposed to explain how to develop the site without causing any damage to the area.