New Blockbuster Client – Endeavor Mining’s Tabakoto

Tamson Oosthuizen Uncategorized

The Blockbuster team is pleased to announce the addition of Tabakoto gold mine to its growing client base. The Blockbuster software was implemented on site in September 2015 and the African team will be working hand-in-hand with the geologists on site to implement best practise grade control procedures.

Name:                                  Tabakoto Gold Mine

Company:                           Endeavor Mining

Commodity:                      Gold

Description:                      The Tabakoto Project is located 360 km west of Bamako in the south-west of Mali, close to the Senegal border. The project consists of two separate mines, the Tabakoto and Segala Underground Operations. The Segala Mine is sited approximately 7km from Tabakoto Mine. Following the acquisition of Tabakoto in 2012, the Segala open pit mine was converted into an underground mine, the Kofi C open pit mine was commissioned in Q1 2015, and in 2013, the mill’s capacity was expanded from 2,000 to 4,000 tonnes per day.

Reserves:                            As of 31 December 2013, the Tabakoto mine is estimated to contain proven and probable reserves of 6.9Mt of ore graded at 3.6g/t Au, containing 794,000oz of gold. Measured and indicated resources are estimated to be 17.2Mt of ore containing 1.67Moz of gold.

Mining Method:              The open pit mines are mined using conventional drill and blast method followed by load and haul activity. Tabakoto underground operations are carried out using long-hole open stoping. Primary and secondary stopes are used to access the mine. The primary stopes are filled with cemented rock fill, while the secondary stopes are blasted after the appropriate curing time has elapsed.