Why West Africa?
West Africa is known for its rich bauxite deposits in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ghana.
In Sierra Leone, bauxite mining started in sixties and presently Sierra Minerals Holding Limited / VIMETCO is exporting more than 1.5 million tons of bauxite per annum.
The washed bauxite of SMHL is considered one of the best quality ore for low temperature alumina refinery. The Port Loko bauxite deposit may be considered an extension of same bauxite belt as SMHL and is well known in Sierra Leone. The Port Loko bauxite belt has potential of more than 300 million tons of gibbsitic bauxite and this occurs almost on the surface with little overburden.
West Africa’s Guinea is home to the world’s largest declared bauxite deposits with over 40 billion tonnes of resources.In Guinea, 4 large bauxite mines produce about 50 Million tonnes per annum, however, many good bauxite deposits are located far away from ports or jetty.Neighbouring Sierra Leone has bauxite resources of about 1 billion tonnes and enjoys much better developed infrastructure facilities.Sierra Leone also has stable political system and modern mining code compared to Guinea.