The Project lies on the West African Atlantic coast, 37 km from West Africa’s largest container port, Pointe-Noire.
There is both tarred road and rail access across the license areas and high voltage, grid electricity, surplus natural gas and plentiful processing water in the immediate vicinity as detailed below:
The country’s principal east-west highway, a dual carriageway tarmac road linking Pointe-Noire to Brazzaville, crosses Cominco’s License Area at Hinda. An existing dirt road links Hinda to the Project plant site, 10km to the east.
Pointe-Noire international airport, Aeroport Antonio Agostinho-Neto (PNR) provides daily international flights to Europe, South, North and East Africa.
Pointe Noire’s port, the Port Autonome de Pointe-Noire (“PAPN”), operated by Bolloré (for more information see RoC web page) is West Africa’s largest container port and handled 620,000 containers in 2012.
Pointe-Noire, is home to sub-Saharan Africa’s fourth largest oil industry, with many international oil services companies present, providing readily available mechanical, electrical and civil engineering supplies and plant hire. The city is attractive, with extensive beach lined ocean frontage, home to a significant expatriate population on residential postings. The city receives daily flights from Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Grid supplied electrical power supplied from a 2010 built, natural gas fuelled generation plant lies within 15km of the mine. Gas from onshore and offshore facilities is available in sufficient quantities to depress the electricity price and provide surplus gas for product drying.
In the immediate vicinity of the project there is a large resource of aggregate whilst hard rock quarries are located further inland.