Bogoso Prestea Gold Mine announces recapitalisation plans

Source The Ghana Report

The owner and operator of Bogoso and Prestea mining leases, FGR Bogoso Prestea Limited, has signed an agreement to restructure its ownership of the mine.

According to the operator, the move is to support the long-term success of the mine.

The operator, however, noted that the completion of this transaction is subject to approval by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

A release issued by the company on Monday, February 26, said “These issues will now be addressed by restructuring the ownership of the mine to bring in additional financing and bring the important asset back to full operations.”

Speaking on the new developments, Executive Chairman of Future Global Resources, Andrew Cavaghan, said “The Bogoso Prestea Gold Mine has the potential to be a Tier 1 gold producing asset.

“We believe this transaction enables us to unlock this potential, delivering a multi-generational and sustainable business for our shareholders, our workforce, and the whole community,” he added.

The Bogoso Prestea mine has a proud history dating back to 1912, during which time it has produced over 9m ounces of gold.

However, since 2017, it has been suffering from declining performance, racking up over $200 million of losses, much of which is owed to local suppliers, government agencies and its workforce.

This led to the introduction of a new owner, Future Global Resources (FGR), in October 2020, which has invested considerable sums over the past three years to help cover these losses as well as working with the local team to change the mining method underground and reopen surface mining.

But, the legacy debts, which pre-date the ownership of FGR, along with unstable industrial relations, have undermined the mine’s ability to attract the investment it needs to stabilise and grow profitable production.

Below is the statement.

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