• Bel Air
    Bel Air
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Alufer Mining operates the Bel Air bauxite mine in Guinea. Alufer discovered the deposit through maiden drilling in 2011 and took it all the way through feasibility, financing and construction, achieving first production on time, within budget and with zero lost time injuries in Q3 2018.  The ramp up phase which followed commissioning progressed smoothly and the mine reached commercial production within the first six months of operation.

Bel Air, Guinea

Alufer Mining Limited

The Bel Air project is located 15km from the coast near the Cap Verga peninsula, 120km north of Guinea’s capital, Conakry and has a JORC compliant resource of over 146mt of high grade trihydrate bauxite with low reactive silica and a steady state run rate of 5.5 million tonnes per annum.

The mine is an open cast operation, producing Direct Shipping Ore, which is strip mined with surface miners. This method minimises loss and ore dilution but importantly enables ongoing rehabilitation throughout the life of mine. Topsoil from the mining areas is saved to be replaced once the bauxite layer has been extracted, and nurseries have been set up to grow indigenous saplings and plants, one being in a local village run by a community collective. The Bel Air camp site and sections along the haul road have already been replanted and rehabilitation also started on Pit 2 within a year of commencing mining.