Société Générale des Mines obtains operating permit for Nayega manganese deposit

Mining
Monday, 21 October 2019 18:27
Société Générale des Mines obtains operating permit for Nayega manganese deposit

(Togo First) - Last Friday, the government provided Société Générale des Mines (SGM), a subsidiary of Keras Resources, the operating permit for the large scale exploitation of the Nayega manganese deposit (West Kpendjal prefecture). This was announced during a ministers' council held last week.

The decision follows conclusive exploration in the region and an application for the permit by SGM's subsidiary. 

According to SGM which conducted the exploration, manganese reserves found at Nayega amount to nearly 8.5 million tons. Based on this estimate, the mine is expected to have a lifespan of 11 years.

The government plans to tap into the new reserves to achieve the third axis of the PND which relates to the development of community projects and the creation of direct and indirect jobs. These, the ministers say, will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the mining area, at the social and economic levels. It should also improve partnership between Togo and the British firm in the long term.

Let it be recalled that in March 2019, the British firm had announced it secured approval to export a 10,000-ton bulk sample of manganese.

Séna Akoda

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