This week we welcome back to site the technical services team at Bobodji camp on-site, the Yaounde office team and the Perth team following our festive break and we start the year with a new project partner in CIE-MCC, a highly regarded and very senior EPCM firm with strong links to the aluminium value chain and an enormous depth of technical and financial horsepower. As the BFS ramps up and we finalise the remaining project partners, the site team are advancing the planning and execution of further infield investigations in support of the Study. The grade definition programme is wrapping up on the third priority plateaux, Danielle, and the drill team are moving to hydrogeological water bore drilling in support of improved ground water definition before moving to other study support investigations. As the air quality, noise and vibration equipment are shipped back to the suppliers following the programme’s completion we are preparing to welcome another round of biophysical and socio-economic experts to site for the final element of these baseline surveys.

The labs of ALS and SGS have been working on the metallurgy and chemical assaying of the programme on-site and the results continue to flow in for the 2021 mineral resource update, being conducted by Mining-Plus, which will be used as the basis for the detailed mine scheduling in the BFS. Results from the bulk offtake samples have also been completed so we can provide representative reference material as part of ongoing negotiations.

Happy new year to all. It’s going to be a big one. J