SGS has been awarded the on-site laboratory contract at Roxgold Inc.’s Yaramoko gold mine in Burkina Faso. The contract includes the design, manufacture and site installation of a modular laboratory facility. SGS’s innovative plug and play modular laboratory design has allowed the laboratory to be designed, manufactured and commissioned in less than six months, from start to finish, with a minimum number of skilled trades people involved. The contract stipulates that SGS will perform all of the required analytical services for the mine over the next seven years.

The new on-site laboratory has been designed to service the Yaramoko mine by providing critical data to guide site activities. It is scheduled to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and its scope of operations will include sample preparation, fire assay, gold by flame AAS and site environmental monitoring analyses.

In West Africa, SGS also currently runs on-site laboratories in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

SGS is well recognized in the laboratory analytical and testing sector and this new laboratory reflects a commitment to ensuring that all services are accessible to all of its clients. SGS operates on-site and near-site laboratories in some of the most remote locations in the world, regardless of temperature, altitude or sample volume. Whether work is required at the mine site or in plant, SGS's extensive network and state-of-the-art-technical solutions help clients to maximize value from their operations and reach their goals efficiently and effectively.

The new on-site laboratory strategically supports the needs of the West Africa exploration and mining industry and complements the extensive SGS network of more than 430 laboratories in more than 130 countries. Around the world, SGS offers a wide range of integrated services for the hard rock, energy minerals and fertilizer sectors including analytical services, resource calculation, mineralogy, metallurgy, process plant design and engineering services, in-plant audits and optimization, water treatment and trade services. For further information regarding these and other SGS services, please visit SGS Mining.

For more information, please contact:

Firmin Bado
Business Manager, Burkina Faso
SGS Minerals
Zone Industrielle du Kossodo
11 BP 565 Ouagadougou 11
Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso
t: +226 25 48 36 63

Russ Calow
Vice President, Global Geochemistry
SGS Minerals
185 Concession Street, P.O. Box 4300
Lakefield, Ontario
K0L 2H0, Canada
t: +1 705 652 2018


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