Silver Valley International, the company which owns Conakry's Kaloum hotel prized by the authorities, has applied for an operating licence for Bauxite mines north-east of the capital, despite having no previous experience in this field.
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On 1 November, the American-Canadian mining tycoon Robert Friedland went ahead with the expected reshuffle of his management team for the project at mount Nimba in Guinea.
Guinean Minister of Mines, Moussa Magassouba, did not attend the last meeting on 17 June with the investors in the major iron mining proejct in Simandou.
Moussa Magassouba, appointed head of the Guinean Ministry of Mines and Geology after the September 2021 coup, coordinates the beating heart of Guinean economy. However, he has been subject to frequent criticism from both civil society organisations and members of the government.
After having been suspended since the coup against Alpha Condé in September, talks between the two governments on the transportation of Guinean iron ore through Liberia for export are about to resume.
Liberia's mining sector, for years a loose collection of artisanal diamond miners, iron ore giants and other players, now has its own representative chamber.
The Société des mines de fer de Guinée (SFMG), which is developing the Nimba iron ore project in the south-east of the country, is planning to renovate the runways of the closest aerodrome, N'Zérékoré, which is crucial to the success of mining operations in the area.
Nickel de l'Ouest de la Côte d'Ivoire, a company owned by individuals close to Beny Steinmetz, is planning to develop a new nickel mine in Ivory Coast. Other players are increasingly interested in the country's potential for the metal considered strategic for energy transition.
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.
French engineering firm Artelia, which already completed an ESIA for Winning Consortium Simandou, owner of blocks 1 and 2 of the Simandou iron ore project, should soon take on new responsibilities.
If Guinea's authorities once expressed impatience over the mining giant's slowness in dealing with the Simandou iron ore project, the situation has changed. Some of the firm's former employees are now being given prominent positions in the new administration, and one of them has very close ties to the presidency.
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.
Robert Friedland's group, which operates the Nimba iron ore project in Guinea, has launched a website extolling its activities in Liberia to show the country that it can boost its economy. It is rattled by a new agreement between ArcelorMittal and Monrovia.