B2Gold Mine produces first gold

15 Dec 2014 17:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 15 DEC (NAMPA) – The Otjikoto Gold Mine Namibia on Monday poured its first locally-produced gold at the mine near Otjiwarongo.
The mine, also known as the B2Gold Mine, is situated nearly 300 kilometres north of Windhoek between Otavi and Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
“The mine has made history as one of the fastest-moving mine construction projects in this country,” said the mine’s Public Relations Manager, Gretha du Plessis in a media statement issued on Monday.
She said the mine is expected to produce between 140 000 to 150 000 ounces of gold during 2015.
B2Gold received its mining licence from the Ministry of Mines and Energy in December 2012.
In January 2013, the de-bushing of the mine site commenced, followed by a ground-breaking ceremony on 26 April 2013.
Construction works on the actual mining facilities followed in May 2013, and now the B2Gold Mine has an incredible world-class mine and processing facilities at the site, said Du Plessis.
It is expected that the mine will employ a total of 540 employees by early next year.
No fatal incidents were recorded at the mine in 2013 and 2014.