SGS is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the operational contract for the on-site laboratory at Banro Corporation’s Namoya mine situated in Maniema province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). SGS designed and equipped the laboratory and will manage laboratory operation. This five-year operational contract was awarded to SGS in the third quarter of 2014.
The new Congolese laboratory is fully operational and has been designed to service the Namoya mine by providing critical data to guide site activities. It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and its technical capabilities include:

  • Sample preparation
  • Fire assay
  • Wet chemistry (AAS, gravimetric)

Within the DRC, SGS also has five on-site geochemical facilities and offers trade services.
SGS is well recognized in the laboratory testing sector and this new facility reflects a commitment to ensuring that all services are accessible to all of their clients. SGS operates on-site and near-site laboratories in some of the most remote locations in the world, regardless of the temperature, the altitude or how high volume the program. SGS’s unequalled experience in remote laboratories ensures smooth start-up and operation.
The Namoya facility will strategically support the growing needs of the African minerals industry and complements SGS’s unmatched laboratory network in Africa and around the world. SGS operates over 150 commercial, on-site and Mobile Sample Preparation Unit (MSPU) geochemical laboratories, 12 metallurgical facilities, 5 mineralogy facilities, over 120 energy minerals labs, 33 fertilizer labs and 80 trade offices. Of these sites, 5 labs located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile and South Africa provide fully integrated geochemistry, environmental, metallurgy and mineralogy (GEMM) services and 3 provide integrated geochemistry-metallurgy services in Liberia, Peru and Russia. Many of SGS’s geochemistry laboratories comply with the ISO/IEC 17025 standard for specific registered tests. For further information regarding these and other SGS services, please visit SGS Mining.
For more information, please contact:

Kiki Gyan
Regional Managing Director, East Africa
SGS Minerals Services
Near TPA Gate #.5 Nelson Mandela Rd,
Kurasini, Dar Es Salaam, 2249 Tanzania
t: +255 222 116 8003
m: +255 (0) 76 388 8007

Russ Calow
Vice President, Global Geochemistry
SGS Minerals Services
185 Concession Street, PO Box 4300
Lakefield, ON, Canada K0L 2H0
t: +1 705 652 2018
m: +1 705 772 1338

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