The former Rio Tinto exec and current chairman of the Chamber of Mines, who is also the deputy managing director of the Chinese-Singaporean-Guinean consortium, has been leading the negotiations on the Simandou iron ore project.
Guinean mining logistics giant UMS, a stakeholder in the Simandou iron ore project, might get back a plane it lost in 2019.
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.
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.
As it adjusts to post-coup Guinea, the local mining logistics provider UMS, headed by Fadi Wazni, is also facing an arbitration where the firm of French lawyer William Bourdon is representing a client who wants to regain control of a plane both parties are claiming ownership of.
Winning Consortium Simandou has just created a dedicated aviation subsidiary which will incorporate the aircraft of its shareholder specialising in mining logistics, UMS. However, the latter is still desperately waiting to recover one of its aircraft, which was "hijacked" in 2019.
Guinean mining logistics giant UMS and Canadian businessman Jean Laprade, who have been fighting for over a year about the ownership of a plane used to transport personnel and goods, are to appear before a Canadian court in June.
Guinean authorities approved the feasibility study to mine bauxite on the Santou II and Houda blocks early January. SMB is currently building a railway to use for export.