Syama, Mali

Syama, Mali


Syama, Mali (West Africa)

Syama is located in the southwest of Mali, approximately 30km from the Côte d’Ivoire border and 300km southeast of the capital Bamako.

Syama Gold Mine is a large-scale operation, comprising the established Syama Underground Mine, the Tabakoroni Complex, which comprises an open pit, and recently discovered underground Ore Reserve, along with several satellite oxide pits. Syama is owned by local subsidiary Société des Mines de Syama S.A. (SOMISY) in which Resolute has an 80% interest and the Government of Mali holds the remaining 20%. The Tabakoroni complex is owned by Société des Mines de Finkolo S.A. (SOMIFI), part of the Resolute Group.

  • Syama Sulphide Operations

    Syama’s underground mine is a modern sub-level cave operation producing around 2.4Mtpa of ore. All underground production and development activity is owner-operated. The Company operates a fleet of development jumbos, production drills, loaders and trucks. A twin decline access and variable speed primary ventilation system provide capacity for future expansion of underground operations.

    The sulphide processing circuit comprises three-stage crushing, followed by ore grinding. The grinding circuit consists of three mills, 1 primary and 2 secondary. Ground ore is then fed to the concentrator, which contains 1 skim air, 2 roughers, 4 scavengers and 3 cleaner cells to produce auto thermal concentrate for feed to the Roaster. The concentrate is thickened to around 70% solids to provide direct roaster feed. The Roaster is an auto thermal circulating fluid bed roaster operating at ~720°C. The calcine product from the Roaster is then processed through conventional CIL, Elution and Electrowinning and Smelting circuits to produce bullion.

    The Syama sulphide processing circuit has been progressively upgraded by Resolute, with particular attention being paid to the Roaster. After the major planned shutdowns in 2022, throughput and utilisation have increased, with the interval between future shutdowns extended by replacing much of the refractory lining of the Roaster. Resolute continues to identify opportunities to further enhance sulphide plant throughput and recoveries.

  • Syama Oxide Operations
  • Syama Power Station
  • Tabakoroni Operations
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