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EDITOR’S CHOICE PROJECTS GROUP
COVER STORY | ELB | NAMIBIA
OTJIKOTO Kieran Loughran (plant
on the Otjikoto project)
celebrates the first gold
pour with part of his team
On 12 December Namibia officially became the home
of the country’s second producing gold mine –
Otjikoto. The operation is a significant achievement
for owners B2Gold, and represents the company’s
first successful step into Africa. It also substantially
increases the company’s annual gold ounce volumes
from about 380 000 ozpa to over 500 000 ozpa (at
nameplate capacity) WRITES LAURA CORNISH.
First gold bar
First gold poured at Otjikoto
Not only did B2Gold deliver
first gold slightly ahead
of schedule from Otjikoto
but will soon celebrate its
status as the largest gold
producing operation in the
country as well.
30 MINING REVIEW AFRICA
| JANUARY 2015
B 2Gold’s journeyrinto Africa and
pathway to production has been
swift. It has taken the company a
little over three years to acquire
the Greenfields Otjikoto property through
its merger with Auryx Gold in October
2011, build the mine and process plant
and pour its first gold.
Otjikoto is situated about 300 km north
of Windhoek between Otjiwarongo and
Otavi and is owned 90% by B2Gold and
10% by EVI Mining, a Namibian empower-
“After receiving our mining licence in
December 2012, the board fast-tracked
our US$337 million budget to build. .