Our new laboratory in Yamoussoukro will support the growing Ivory Coast mining industry.

Ivory Coast has huge untapped resources. It is estimated that two-thirds of the country is covered in untapped mineral deposits. Gold remains one of Ivory Coast’s most valuable mineral resources. Output rose significantly in the previous decade, from 12 tonnes in 2011 to 25 tonnes in 2017 and around 32.5 tonnes in 2019.

To support the country’s growing gold mining industry, we have opened a new commercial laboratory in Yamoussoukro. The laboratory, equipped with atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) and fire assay equipment, provides an extensive range of services related to sample preparation and fire assay analytical testing.

Services include:

  • Au by fire assay with AAS finishing
  • Au by fire assay with gravimetric finishing
  • Au by screen fire assay with AAS finishing
  • Au in carbon by aqua-regia digestion with AAS finishing
  • Bullion analyses with gravimetric finishing
  • Other base metals by aqua-regia digestion with AAS finishing
  • Au in solution by AAS
  • Specific gravity by gravimetric finishing
  • Bulk density with paraffin wax by displacement
  • Physical tests: pH

Strategically located in central Ivory Coast, the Yamoussoukro laboratory is close to key mining exploration sites. SGS employees are on hand seven days a week, supporting discoveries for greenfield as well as brownfield projects by providing full fire assay analyses with quick turnaround times.

Aurelien Nguessan, laboratory manager, said, “SGS can now offer mining exploration companies in Ivory Coast complete support, going above and beyond our existing sample preparation capabilities. It’s an exciting time for the industry – and for the country as a whole.”

This new laboratory will complement the services already offered by our commercial geochemistry labs in the region, including those in Tarkwa in Ghana, Bamako in Mali and Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

To find out more about the capabilities of our Yamoussoukro commercial laboratory, please get in touch:

Nat Neequaye
Business Manager
Côte d'Ivoire & Senegal
t: +225 27 21 75 22 32

Tia Innocent Gonti
Laboratory Supervisor
t: +225 07 07 04 26 91

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