West Africa Mining Industry Gets Better with New Lab

The mining industry in Ghana and the West African Sub-region will soon receive a major boost following the establishment of a world-class Geochemical Laboratory at Tarkwa in the Western region of Ghana by SGS Ghana Limited.

This facility will complement the existing facilities available in the country by ensuring that clients receive full scale geochemical analytical services at the maximum quality and speed that is required.

The Client Liaison Manager of SGS Ghana at Tarkwa, Wilfred Appiah, made this announcement at the maiden edition of the Ghana Gold Expo held in Takoradi. He said that the facility is one of “SGS Ghana’s top-notch laboratories in the sub-region”.

With a good network that some have described as super labs, clients in the mining industry can enjoy various standardized, validated methods and techniques using state of the art equipment that spurs development and reaches desired targets timeously.

Stakeholders in the mining industry can also get enhanced services offered by sister labs for MMI (Mobile Metal Ion) analysis, multi-element analyses by ICP-AES, ICP-MS, and XRF. SGS also invested in FAST technology (Field Analytical Services & Testing) using the pXRF, FTIR and ED-XRF scanning instruments for mineralogical sample analyses. Carbon and Sulphur analyses are offered from SGS Maslab in Tema, which is also fed from the new SGS environmental feeder, the lab recently opened in Cyanide area in Tarkwa.

Mr. Appiah noted that SGS Ghana is part of the global entity SGS, which is recognized as a global benchmark for quality and integrity and the world’s leading inspections, verification, testing, and certification company with offices worldwide including Accra, Tema, Tarkwa, Takoradi, Damang, Ahafo, Akyem, and Obuasi.

SGS, which was established in 1878 in Europe, extended its operations to Ghana in 1960 and provide services in the following sectors; Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Agriculture, Food and Life, Certification and Business Enhancement, Environment, Health and Safety, Government and Institutions, Industrial and Minerals.

 

Will the lab help in promoting good mining practice that is safe for the environment?

The Convenor of the Ghana Gold Expo, Dr. Steven Blessing Ackrah expressed excitement about the new facility, adding that, it was a good effort at ensuring responsible mining as the theme of the Expo indicated; “Promoting Responsible Gold Mining and Zero Mercury.”

“Contributions to the facilities in Ghana, such as the Geochemical Laboratory in Tarkwa by SGS continue to place Ghana favorably for responsible gold mining in the region,” he added.

He observed that the enthusiasm and overwhelming representation by stakeholders in the mining industry was a testament to the “strength of gold in the current market and the high level of interest in doing business in Ghana".

The price of gold has hit $1667 as of Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and has shown strong recent gains amid stock market crises worldwide.

Henry Treku who is in charge of Strategy and Partnerships for Ghana Gold Expo also noted that the high-level investors who attended the expo are in the right place at the right time if they were interested in producing gold responsibly and sustainably. “Ghana is good for such opportunities,” he stressed.

He thanked SGS for sharing the news about the new laboratory and extending an invitation to key stakeholders to witness the world-class facility.

However, we have been informed that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the recent press release of cases in Ghana, SGS was forced to postpone the launching of the lab, which was scheduled to be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Tarkwa.