Niger - Samira hill-Libiri Gold Mining Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 09 Oct 2002
Signature Date 09 Jun 2003
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Non Sovereign
Sector Industry, Minning & Quarrying
DAC Sector Code 32210
Commitment U.A 8,148,206.09
Status Completion

Project General Description

The present intervention is relative to the Samira Hill-Libiri Gold Mining Project. This project entails the production of gold in Niger for export on two adjacent deposits respectively called Samira Hill and Libiri, both of which are to be mined under the Project. These deposits are 3 kilometers apart. To date, the assessment of proven reserves have shown the existence and therefore the possibility of producing a minimum of 22 tonnes of gold metal under the Project over a 7-year period. The project comprises the construction of an opencast mine, construction of a coal leaching process capable of processing up to 6,000 tonnes of ore daily at a production cost of US$ 185/oz and the putting in place of related facilities. The main components of the project are: access roads and landing strip; opencast mining operations; installation of the coal leaching plant; surface water dam and storage reservoir; pumping station and pipeline supplying the dam; electricity production and distribution equipment; and development of living areas and management of the environment as well as the construction of a residual dyke and the provision of a net working capital. The pumping station, pipeline and dam are already operational.

Project Objectives

The project aims to create a gold mine and a processing plant for the gold ore extracted at Tiawa in the Liptako region at the South-West of Niger at 130kms to the west of the capital Niamey.


The beneficiaries of the project are the Liptako SA Mining Company (SML SA), the Nigerien State and ultimately the population of Niger.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-NE-BAA-001
Last Update 12 Jul 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Niger