MONTREAL, May 6 /CNW Telbec/ - SEMAFO (TSX: SMF) today announced the purchase of a new mining fleet for its Samira Hill Mine in Niger. As owner miner, SEMAFO will ensure higher availability and productivity, as well as reduce cash operating costs at Samira Hill. The payback period for this $19,000,000 investment is approximately 3.5 years.
As a result of this strategic investment, SEMAFO is forecasting mining cost savings of 30%, representing cash operating cost savings of approximately $70 per ounce at Samira Hill. Additionally, Samira Hill will benefit from substantial cost savings associated with civil works previously outsourced, such as raising the tailings dams, road maintenance, transportation and ore re-handling to the mill.
The mining equipment consists mainly of 2 dozers (D275-5R), 10 haul trucks (HD605-7R) and 2 hydraulic excavators (PC1250SP-8R). Machinery is scheduled to arrive on site in September and October 2010 and will be fully operational in the fourth quarter 2010. The transition to owner mining will be sustained through the efforts of our experienced management and staff. SEMAFO anticipates a smooth changeover from the incumbent mining contractor.
SEMAFO is pleased with the progress achieved to date on the selection and projected delivery dates of the new mining fleet for Samira Hill. Two new Cat 988H wheel loaders are already on site and operational.
"Historically SEMAFO's experience as owner miner has proved successful, resulting in improved operating costs and productivity," said Benoit Desormeaux, SEMAFO's Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. "Samira will undoubtedly benefit from our vast experience in terms of logistics, inventories and management. We are confident that the results of this strategic investment will continue to optimize and enhance performance to generate superior cash flows, thereby increasing shareholder value through improved financial performance."
SEMAFO is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa. The Company currently operates three gold mines: the Mana Mine in Burkina Faso, the Samira Hill Mine in Niger and the Kiniero Mine in Guinea. SEMAFO is committed to evolve in a conscientious manner to become a major player in its geographical area of interest. SEMAFO's strategic focus is to maximize shareholder value by effectively managing its existing assets as well as pursuing organic and strategic growth opportunities in West Africa.
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