AMR Gold’s subsidiary company-Wilkinson Hill Mining Company has completed its planned six month trial, processing larger samples, before the on-set of the rainy season.
The program indicated that special attention should be given to the treatment of clay and organic material when designing a commercial mineral processing plant.
This has further allowed the company to gather information on how best to mine the various ore horizons and to determine what the most appropriate cost effective methods of excavating, earth moving and transporting equipment for full scale commercial mining. This work has been very important in determining the quantities and compositions of the heavy minerals recovered and to know how best to optimise the recoveries. The heavy minerals are dominated by coltan and cassiterite with gold, magnetite and ilmenite also present.
AMR Gold Technical staff in front of the Washing Trummel at Wilkinson Hill proposed Mining site
All of the above have allowed AMR Gold to engage with appropriate bespoke equipment manufactures to design flow sheets and make equipment selections to build a plant which will support full scale commercial production.
One engineering company representative has already completed a thorough field visit and a second engineer from Mineral Processing specialist group in South Africa is due next week.
The plant selection should be completed by the end of April, it is planned to have the new plant on site and commissioned for the end of the rains.
At a meeting held on the 30th March 2016, Wilkinson Hill Mining Company paid local landowners of Kathirie and Kathanta villages the first annual payment of surface rent in accordance with the agreement they have signed with the company. The Katherie and Kathantha landowners, who own one square kilometer of land demarcated for the Small Scale Mining License, received a total of sixty-two and a half million Leones (Le 62,500,000).
The meeting was attended by The Honourable Member of Parliament- Roland F Kargbo, Paramount Chief-Kandeh Lusieni III, a representative from the National Minerals Agency Office in Makeni-Engineer Kallon and various local dignitaries, senior staff from the AMR Gold office in Kamakwie and the landowners from Katherie and Kathantha
In parallel, AMR Gold SL Limited is continuing the exploration programme aimed at expanding the resource base through the identification of further alluvial and elluvial deposits. AMR Gold is presently undertaking a UGPRS (Ultra Ground Probing Radar System) survey in an attempt to track the strike of the mineral bearing pegmatite dykes. This could eventually extend the resource base into the hard rock formations believed to be the source of the alluvial and elluvial coltan and tin in the area.
The increased resource base resulting from AMR Gold’s pitting, geological mapping, trenching, bulk sampling and ground geophysics evaluation programmes within the areas proximal to the SSML will support multiple other mining operations leading to the eventual target of establishing a large scale mining operation which will result in long term employment opportunities for local people.
AMR Gold Technical Director-Colin Harris in front of the trummel and primary jig
In these proximal areas AMR Gold has supported the formation of artisanal mining cooperatives which presently employs over 100 people.
AMR Gold Directors and Management would like to thank the artisanal mining groups for their support in these new cooperative ventures and for the assistance they are giving AMR Gold in the evaluation programmes. The company believes the cooperatives will develop into a sustainable initiative which will see the company discuss and agree a sustainable mining strategy.
This has been covered in local media and a link can been found here.