The town of Sinje in Grand Cape Mount County was a scene of jubilation recently when an Australian mining giant Tawana Resources Incorporated announced to the public the discovery of a huge deposit of direct shipping ore in the region.
The company which is operating under the Mofe Creek Mining Exploration license was granted permit by the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy on December 13, 2012 to carry out exploration to determine the existence, quantity, and quality of ore in a designated area.
Tawana Resource Incorporated General Manager, Frederick Van Haute, told this paper that a total of one hundred million metric tons of direct shipping ore was discovered by his company during the period of exploration.
Mr. Haute said the company hopes to enter into a mineral development agreement with the government of Liberia soon to start mining and indicated that if all goes well as planned the mining process will commence in 2016 with the construction of a pilot plant capable of producing one thousand metric tons of ore.
The General Manager further pointed out that during that period the company will hire and train Liberians for large scale mining by the year 2017 at which time production would have increased to 2.5 metric tones of ore for shipment.
Mr. Haute assured the residents of Sinje of his company’s readiness to improve the lives of the locals within the concession area and that the company will also work along with existing health institutions in the county to deliver health services to employees and residents of the mining area.