Barrick CEO Mark Bristow announced Monday April 19, 2021 in Kinshasa that Kibali Gold produced 191,612 ounces in the first quarter of 2021.
“Several factors justify this success despite the presence of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. These are the operation of the underground mine, the continuous improvements of the feed, the rate of recovery of the plant and the projects aiming at various improvements such as an upgrade of the hoisting infrastructure ”, specified Mark Bristow.
To these factors, he added strict compliance with the prevention protocols against Covid-19 which largely protected the mine from the impacts of the second wave of this pandemic and the establishment of an on-site laboratory which made it possible to improve monitor agents within the mine and in the community. Likewise, the improvement of the electricity network, whose electricity production costs were advantageous thanks to the high level of river water that feeds the three hydroelectric power stations of this mine.
Two students from the geology faculty of the University of Kinshasa, during Mark Bristow’s press conference, benefited from Barrick scholarships to encourage the education sector in the DRC.