"Sierra Leone: Government Suspends Exploration Licences"
The Archean Nimini Hills and Sula Mountains Greenstone Belts have banded iron formation and shear-zone-hosted gold occurrences.
- Mano River Resources Inc. (MNO.V) holds seven gold properties in central Sierra Leone totaling approximately 750 km², which include Nimini, Sonfon, and Pampana North and South. Golden Star Resources Ltd (AMEX:GSS; TSX:GSC) has entered into a joint venture agreement (earning up to 85%) and is engaged in regional early stage exploration.
- Cluff Gold plc ( CLUGF.PK, also active in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali) has a right to earn a 60 per cent interest in the Baomahun project in Sierra Leone to be acquired from Winston Mines which owns the two exploration licences relating to Baomahun covering an area of approximately 137 km2. A total of more than 9,000 m of drilling has been completed during 2005 and 2006 and a resource of more than 880,000 oz has been established to date.
- West African Diamonds plc has commenced gold exploration in the Nimini Hills Greenstone Belt. Early reconnaissance sampling for gold at the Nimini Hills gave encouraging results.