New satellite technology helps Nordgold monitor tailings, track artisanal mining activities in Guinea
(Kitco News) - Nord Gold (“Nordgold”), the internationally diversified gold producer, revealed today that it has implemented a new state-of-the-art monitoring system at its Lefa mine in Guinea.
Developed by Swift Geospatial Solutions, Lefa’s new monitoring system uses satellite imagery processing algorithms to keep track of the condition of the mine’s tailings storage facilities to proactively identify potential risks. It also allows the company to monitor community welfare by tracking community dynamics, including house building.
Additionally, the technology can help Nordgold to monitor artisanal mining activities around Lefa’s current mining permit, allowing local management to better assess and prevent potential safety and security hazards.
The company said that its goal is to continue reducing its impact on the natural environment and ensuring the sustainable development of local communities. Depending on the outcomes of this pilot, the company will assess its viability for other Nordgold operations.
Nordgold is an internationally diversified one-million-ounce gold producer with over 8,000 people operating a portfolio of ten mines (in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Russia and Kazakhstan) and a number of development and exploration projects in West Africa, Eurasia and the Americas. Since 2013, Nordgold has successfully constructed three gold mines, including two in Burkina Faso (Bouly and Bissa) and most recently, the Gross mine in Russia.