Sierra Rutile 2 (IFC-40101)

  • Sierra Leone
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Specific Location
Bonthe and Moyamba districts
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  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Apr 25, 2019
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  • Mining
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 60.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 450.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Feb 25, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Feb 20, 2019

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Project Description
Accoording to IFC project disclosure information, the project entails the expansion of Sierra Rutile Limited (“SRL”), a mineral sands mining operation with a 50-year history producing high quality rutile and smaller quantities of ilmenite and zircon. The expansion is expected to increase production from current levels of about 150,000 tons per annum up to 300,000 tons per annum and extend the life of SRL’s operations by ~20 years. The expansion encompasses a staged approach to several projects, including expansions at the existing operations of Lanti Dry and Gangama (already underway, with commissioning planned in mid-2019), as well as a potential new mining development at the Sembehun group of deposits.
SRL has historically implemented social and economic development programs in support of its host communities. IFC will work with SRL, building upon IFC’s experience with other mining operations and SRL’s experience in the local community to enhance SRL’s impact on local community development, improve company-community dialogue, and develop SRL’s local supply chain. IFC will also launch a sector-level dialogue on the role of mining in Sierra Leone’s economic development and explore opportunities to enhance local benefits from Sierra Leone’s mining sector for local stakeholders.


SRL’s existing operations are located in the Bonthe and Moyamba districts, south west Sierra Leone. The Sembehun group of deposits are located 20 to 30 kilometers north-west of the existing operations.
Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

The total project cost is estimated at approximately US$450 million over the next 5 years, subject to ongoing studies. IFC’s proposed investment is US$60 million to acquire a 10% equity stake in SRL.

Private Actors

Iluka Resources Limited (“Iluka”) is the project sponsor and 100% shareholder of Sierra Rutile Limited. Iluka is an international mineral sands company with over 60 years of experience in exploration, development, mining, processing, marketing and rehabilitation. The company is headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: ILU). Iluka acquired SRL in December 2016.

Contact Information

Iluka Resources Limited (Iluka)
Melissa Roberts
General Manager, Investor Relations / Aminata
+ 61 (0) 450 398 431
240 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000

Sierra Rutile Limited (SRL)
Aminata Kamara (
Government Relations Manager
+232 78 44 4072
110 Wilkinson Rd PO Box 59 Freetown Sierra Leone


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