Australian mineral exploration firm Lindian Resources Limited announced late last week the projected resource size for its project at the Bouba Plateaux in Guinea, revealing that the Gaoul Project there is expected to yield 102 million metric tons of 49.5 percent alumina, with 84 million metric tons of high-grade 51.2 percent alumina.
Lindian’s result at the Gaoul Project is stunning indeed, with quality numbers rivaling those found at major Australian deposits. The operation also has the advantage of being positioned near existing bauxite operations and close to the necessary infrastructure to bring the alumina-rich ore to market in short order. Additionally, the Guinean government has been eager to market its bauxite ore reserves and promised mining operations already underway that it would build out the necessary infrastructure to expedite it.
Lindian’s independent geological expert Mark Gifford elaborated upon the importance of the find in a related press release.
“Assaying and test work results continue to show the impressive high-grade nature of the Bouba Conglomerate Bauxite Plateau. The exceptionally high alumina grades combined with the potential ability to screen out the fine-grained quartz makes the Bouba Conglomerate Bauxite a valuable addition to the Guinea resource landscape. The Company’s total resource base will be further increased by the inclusion of the Mamaya Plateau drill and assay results.”
Lindian Resources Chairman Asimwe Kabunga said the find highlights the importance of the project.
“I am very excited that the Company has delivered a successful maiden resource of over 100Mt at the Bouba Plateaux. This has confirmed our belief in the quality of our Gaoual Project, with bauxite grades superior to product currently being sold in the international markets. The Project’s location near other major producing mines and their associated infrastructure, places the Company in a good position to progress the Project through to production.”
Based in Perth, Lindian owns several mining licenses for gold in two outcroppings in Tanzania in addition to the tenements granted for the Lushoto Bauxite Project in 2018.