The UK-headquartered Gerald Group tells Kallanish that its subsidiary company SL Mining has shipped its first load of iron ore concentrate from its Marampa mine in Sierra Leone.
The first shipment of concentrate, branded Marampa Blue, was expedited on 16 June from Freetown Port in Sierra Leone. The cargo comprised of over 55,000 tonnes of high grade iron ore concentrate with an Fe content above 65%, Gerald says.
The maiden shipment will be delivered to customers in China, with the next shipment expected to occur in the next few days, the company confirms.
“… This is a proud day and a key milestone for SL Mining, and for our employees and contractors who have been working on this complex project to restore production of iron ore at the Marampa mine, alongside local communities and the Government of Sierra Leone. I would like to thank everyone involved,” says Gerald Group and SL Mining chairman Craig Dean.
“SL Mining forms an important strategic asset in Gerald Group’s global portfolio. Our goal is to make ‘Marampa Blue’, an internationally recognised premium grade iron ore brand. As we continue to build on our progress so far, to deliver sustainable and responsible mining in Marampa, we intend to expand the delivery of high-grade >65% iron ore concentrate to markets in Europe and Africa,” Dean adds.