EXPLORATION & DEVELOPMENT

Nabanga economics attractive: Semafo

Montreal-based Semafo (TSX: SMF) has highlighted “attractive economics” in a preliminary economic assessment for its Nabanga gold project in Burkina Faso.

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 Nabanga is in Semafo’s potential development pipeline in Burkina Faso

Nabanga is in Semafo’s potential development pipeline in Burkina Faso

The study put initial capex at US$84 million, with an after- tax NPV (5% discount) of $100 million and IRR of 22.6%, using a base case gold price of $1,300 an ounce.

The PEA envisaged an eight-year, openpit and underground operation, producing a total 571,000oz at an all-in sustaining cost of $760/oz.

The project has an inferred 3.4 million tonne resource grading 7.7g/t for 840,000oz.

President and CEO Benoit Desormeaux said there was room for improvement.

"We believe we can improve the project economics through additional work on mining cost optimisation for openpit operations, underground operations and underground capital development expenditures," he said.

He also pointed to resource expansion and exploration potential at Nabanga.

The company recently boosted its overall Burkina Faso exploration budget for 2019 to $32 million, which it said would advance several key projects that could add to its projected 400,000-440,000ozpa production profile over the next five years.
 
Semafo has the Boungou and Mana mines in Burkina Faso and its Siou underground mine at Mana is on track to start production within months.

The company was aiming for a substantial production increase this year but reduced its outlook to a consolidated 350,000-380,000oz after slashing 40,000-50,000oz from Mana's guidance following a pit wall failure in August. 

Its shares closed down 3.6% yesterday to $4.25, a midpoint in its 52-week range of $2.23 to $5.75, capitalising it at $1.4 billion (US$1 billion).

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