Tasiast Mauritania (IFC-41009)

Countries
  • Mauritania
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
Proposed
Bank Risk Rating
A
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Voting Date
Oct 10, 2019
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Borrower
TASIAST MAURITANIE LIMITED S.A
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors
  • Mining
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Investment Type(s)
Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 155.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 822.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Aug 5, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Aug 2, 2019


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Project Description

According to bank documents, the Project entails the brownfield enhancement of the gold Tasiast mine, which includes: i) the expansion of the processing plant from a throughput capacity of 8,000 tons per day (tpd) to 15,000 tpd, ii) the capitalized stripping and sustaining capex necessary for mine development, and iii) the related site infrastructure.

The Project is located in north-western Mauritania, about 300 km north of Nouakchott (capital) and 250 km southeast of Nouâdhibou, a major city located on the coast. Access to site from Nouakchott is by the paved Nouakchott-Nouâdhibou highway (370km), and then via 66 km of graded mine access road to the mine. The location is remote and sparsely populated with no incorporated towns or settlements located near the mine. About 300 nomadic people (70 households) live semi-nomadic style within a 30 km radius from the mine site.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Total Project cost is estimated at US$822 million to be financed by US$300 million in debt and US$522 million in equity. IFC will provide up to US$62 million in IFC A Loan and US$93 million in Trust Loans. In addition, IFC will mobilize up to US$70 million in B1 Loans from commercial banks. The IFC A and Trust loans will be for a tenor of up to ten years.

Private Actors

Tasiast Mauritanie Limited S.A., is a limited liability company incorporated in October 2003 under the laws of Mauritania. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corporation (Kinross), the Sponsor. Kinross is a Toronto-based publicly listed company (NYSE and TSX) with a market capitalization of US$5.3 billion (July 29, 2019). Kinross is one of the five largest gold producers in the world, with a diverse portfolio of mines and exploration projects in West Africa, Russia and the Americas. Kinross’ shareholding is mostly institutional investors with Van Eck Associates Corporation, an asset management firm, BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd., a private equity firm, and Ruffer LLP., an asset management firm being the largest shareholders with 14.05%, 9.27% and 5.32% shareholding respectively.

Contact Information

Tasiast Mauritanie Limited S.A. 
Mr. Brahim M’Bareck 
Vice President, External Relations 
+222-444-866-70 
Brahim.M’Bareck@kinross.com 
ZRA 741, BP 5051 Nouakchott, Mauritanie 
Website: www.kinrosstasiast.mr 

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