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Ethiopia: Kefi Gold Ready for Mine Construction Early 2023


Executive says game on as security issues resolve at gold mine

KEFI Gold and Copper is gearing up to begin the first phase of its Tulu Kapi gold mine project after securing funding for development in June.

According to the company, Tulu Kapi Gold Mines plans to start relocating local communities in the coming months – marking the official launch of the mine development.

– Advertisement -KEFI Gold recently wrapped a three-day workshop with government agencies to map out the mine project’s rollout over the next few months, prioritizing initial actions like community resettlement.

KEFI Gold’s Executive Chairman says the company is ready to start construction early next year on its Tulu Kapi gold mine project.

“We’ll place orders, and equipment for construction will arrive in January or February,” said Harry Anagnostaras-Adams, KEFI’s executive chairman.

As KEFI engages the local community ahead of relocation over the coming months, Anagnostaras-Adams says things will “continue to get even better” as residents see benefits and preparation helps them relax.

“We’re ready to start taking our steps forward,” the Chairman notes, expressing confidence KEFI can begin construction in the New Year.

KEFI Gold and Copper plans to initially spend over one billion birr relocating nearly 360 households from its Tulu Kapi gold mine site in western Oromia. The funds will go towards building new homes, cash compensation for lost harvests, and community support.

While issues with community resettlement delayed the project, KEFI says all outstanding financing conditions requiring Ethiopian government input have now been met. The umbrella funding structure complies with National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) policies and guidelines, according to the company.

KEFI has resolved all major conditions precedent with the Ethiopian government to finance its Tulu Kapi gold mine project.

As Anagnostaras-Adams explains, the first major step was for the two banks in the funding syndicate to receive equal legal rights and protections in Ethiopia. This was achieved in March 2023 when Ethiopia granted African Finance Corporation country membership, a strategic move for both parties.

According to the Chairman, the second major condition KEFI had to meet was establishing permanent security around Tulu Kapi to ensure construction and operations could proceed unimpeded. This was achieved in April 2023 when relevant government agencies boosted security in surrounding areas, he says.