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West Africa Mining Industry Gets Major Boost

The mining industry in Ghana and the entire West African Sub 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.

The facility will complement the existing facilities available in the country by ensuring that clients receive full scale geochemical analytical services at the highest quality and promptness that is required, News Ghana reported.

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

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

Players 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, lab recently opened in Cyanide area in Tarkwa.

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.

Established in 1878 in Europe, SGS opened its Ghana operations in 1960 in Ghana 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. The company has a network of 2,600 offices and laboratories and more than 94,000 employees around the world.

Steven Blessing Ackah, the convenor of the Ghana Gold Expo, expressed excitement about the new facility, saying that it is a good effort at ensuring responsible mining, as indicated by the expo’s theme, “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,” Ackah said.

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

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