One of the leading Canadian mining companies has just completed the construction of its 5th gold mine. The gold mine is located in southwestern Mali near the Senegalese border, 480 km from Bamako. Headquartered in Canada, this mining company is one of the fastest growing gold producers in the world. With already four operational gold mines, this project in Mali is one of the largest mining projects in West Africa.
Drawing on solid experience in supporting the mining sector in Africa as well as a well-established network for many years, Bolloré Logistics Canada contributed significantly to the successful completion of this project, with the local support of Bolloré Transport & Logistics Mali and Senegal teams. Teams located in Canada were in charge of international transport, customs formalities and transit up to the port of Dakar and Bamako airport. The teams in Mali and Senegal ensured that the local services were performed smoothly, particularly the delivery of the mine construction equipment. Handling a wide variety of equipment (heavy equipment, steel structures, camp units, tanks, etc.) required great expertise in the various modes of transport (air, sea and road) as well as safety rules. Special authorisations and escorts were necessary for the large number of oversized equipment items.
For this project, more than 3,500 TEUs were delivered to Dakar (Senegal) by sea and to Bamako (Mali) by air. The steel structures shipped from China represented more than 300 40-foot flat-rack OOG containers. The “camp units”, sent from Australia, represented about 100 40-foot flat-rack OOG containers. By virtue of the logistical expertise and involvement of Canadian and Malian teams, the “On time/on budget” principle was more than respected, since the project was completed three months before the estimated date. The gold mine is slowly starting production and is forecasting a production of 400,000 to 480,000 ounces for 2018.
Bolloré Logistics Canada’s proactive approach and constant support to the client were the key factors for the success of this operation.