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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Africa: October 15th 2012


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:: Sudan's First Gold Refinery Opens

Sudanese President Omar al- Bashir has inaugurated Sudan's Gold Refinery in Khartoum, the first of its kind in the country.

While speaking in the inauguration ceremony in Khartoum, Sudanese Minister of Minerals Kamal Abdul- Latif said the idea of establishing the refinery came to existence following the flourishing in the mining industry in the country and in partnership between Sudan's central bank and the mineral and finance ministries.

He added that the refinery will help in supporting and developing the mining operations in the country together with providing job opportunities for the Sudanese people and further playing a great role in supporting the country's economy.

The minister reiterated that the country would press ahead with encouraging the traditional mining and opening further investment opportunities for companies willing to invest in the mining domain in Sudan.

With the entry of the traditional gold mining production, the Sudanese economy started to recover after the oil revenues became out of the country's general budget following the separation of South Sudan.

Mohamed Hassan Osman, director of the refinery, said that "the refinery is the first project of its kind in Sudan and the second in Africa for producing and extracting gold and silver with high quality and purity."

Sudan hopes to sell gold worth up to $3-billion this year, double last year's gold revenue.




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