Alufer Mining Limited has announced that the Bel Air mine in Guinea has been officially opened by His Excellency, President Alpha Conde.

The inauguration was attended by the Minister of Mines, members of Parliament, Ambassadors from the UK and US and local dignitaries. His Excellency formally opened the export facility by starting the causeway conveyor and commencing loading of the vessel at berth.

Over one million tonnes of ore have now been shipped from the project. This is a notable achievement within the first four months of production, a significant part of this being in the wet season. Targeted production and shipping is on track with a number of offtake contracts already in place for next year.

Bernie Pryor, CEO, commented, “We were delighted to host the President, Government and local officials on site to formally mark the opening of the mine and also appreciate the progress we have made at Bel Air. We are very pleased to have successfully ramped up the project in such a short timeframe and look forward to reaching steady state production in the near future. Our ability to achieve this is indicative of our robust construction and engineering plans and I would like to thank our team and contractors involved with this project for all their hard work to date.”