The Tabakoto Project is located 360 km west of Bamako in the south-west of Mali, close to the Senegal border. The project consists of two separate mines, the Tabakoto and Segala Underground Operations. The Segala Mine is sited approximately 7km from Tabakoto Mine. The ownership is predominantly Endeavour Mining (80%) with the Mali Government (20%) owning the remainder.
In 2010 Byrnecut Mali SARL was awarded the contract for Tabakoto and Segala Gold Mine projects. Byrnecut is contracted to undertake both the underground production and development activities at both operations of the Tabakoto Project. Mine development started at Tabakoto in October of 2010, while the first development at Segala started 12 months later in October 2011.
The lateral development is a full mechanised mining cycle, consisting of two declines, level accesses and ore drives. Production activities engage the use of mechanised long hole drills as well as tele-remote loading technologies. Byrnecut also manages all fleet maintenance.
Using various open stoping methods with rock fill the project aims to extract 500,000t of ore per year.
Byrnecut has successfully undertaken employment and training of a Malian workforce which can now undertake most aspects of mechanised underground mining activities.