First gold for Sanbrado
Mining News Pro - West African Resources has produced first gold ahead of schedule at its Sanbrado gold operation in Burkina Faso.

According to Mining News Pro -The 768oz bar was poured as plant construction and commissioning was completed, with 75,000t of ore grading 1.5g/t processed to date and 250,000t grading 1.5g/t of open-cut ore currently stockpiled.

Underground development has also seen the first sub-surface ore mined, with stopes due to come into play in the September quarter.

The project is flagged to have average annual production over the first five years of 217,000oz/y gold.

Richard Hyde, executive chairman of West African Resources, commented: "This is a major milestone for West African Resources and marks the beginning of a new phase in the WAF story. To successfully transition from an exploration company to a gold producer is without doubt a great achievement for all involved. I would like to thank WAF`s owners` team and all consultants, contractors and other stakeholders for their hard work and support over the last four years to bring Sanbrado from discovery into production."

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