Located 250 km North-West of the Capital, Brazzaville, and 300 km form the Port City of Pointe-Noire, the iron ore resources of Zanaga, Lekoumo region, will be mined before 2018.
With its 400 km of road, pipeline and power lines the Zanaga mine represents an ambitious challenge but the production target is promising: 4 billion tonnes of iron ore over 3 deposits are available for an estimated 30 million tonnes of annual production.
Originally planned via railway, the transportation of ore to the port of Pointe-Noire is now proposed by pipeline, which has meant complete modification of the 2012 pre-feasibility study.
Requiring diverse expertise the pre- feasibility concerns the mining sites, mining infrastructure, the ore processing plant, a 400 kV EHV line, the rehabilitation of an existing route from Pointe-Noire, a 400 km slurry pipe, and a new deep-water port.
The Swiss operator Xstrata has entrusted the pre-feasibility study to Acte, a group wich Egis is a leading.
Egis is also set to assist Xstrata with the recruitment and training of future employees, so that at the end of the ten years of operation there is a real transfer of skills at the local level. 10,000 jobs should be generated by the construction of the Zanaga project and 3,000 for the operation. A real economic boon for the country.