Overview of Mining Infrastructure in Ghana

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Exploration and extraction often take place in remote areas, therefore setting up mining operations in Ghana can be a challenge due to inadequate transport systems.[1] Companies are frequently forced to mobilize private power and water supplies to reach remote areas, which inevitably increases the cost of mining in the region.[1] As a result, the majority of the gold and mineral exploration operations are undertaken by international mining companies that can fund large-scale exploration projects.[1]

The Mining Sector Support Programme (MSSP), a state programme designed to improve mining operations, is being implemented by the Minerals Commission with European Union financial and technical assistance.[2] The formal agreement was signed in 2002 with a €40 million funding package and in 2010 Vice-President John Dramani Mahama, urged the European Union to continue their support due to the success of the project.[2] As of 2011 the MSSP was developing a mapping system in order to acquire a greater understanding of the mineral reserves in Ghana.[3] Sites of interest within Ghana were being covered by geophysical surveys and geological field-mapping, with the hope that more comprehensive data-base of information will attract investors.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Investment Opportunities: Mining and Quarrying" Commerce Ghana, 14 August 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Veep Urges More EU Support for the Mining Sector" The Ghanaian Times, 6 May 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Geology and Mineral Deposits" Small Scale Mines, retrieved 13 February 2012.