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Arrow starts collecting environmental data at Simandou North

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The Simandou range in Guinea holds one of the largest iron ore deposits in the world. Image credit: Rio Tinto

Arrow starts collecting environmental data at Simandou North  

ASX listed Arrow Minerals has started to collect environmental data at its Simandou North Iron Project in Guinea. The environmental survey will provide a statistical baseline from which to compare as Arrow advances through its maiden drilling program.

The Simandou North Iron Project consists of an exploration permit which lies at the northern end of the Simandou Range and forms an extension of the stratigraphy that hosts one of the largest undeveloped high-grade iron deposits in the world, including Rio Tinto’s Simandou Project, with a total measured, indicated and inferred mineral resource estimate of 2 billion tonnes grading 65.5% iron (Rio Tinto Annual Report 2021).

According to Arrow Managing Director, Hugh Bresser, drill testing of near surface targets with potential haematite enrichment is imminent.

Arrow has engaged Ozone Guinee to provide independent environmental monitoring services.

The environmental monitoring program will establish a statistical baseline in three main environmental areas: water, air and noise.

Together, the data from these three areas will be utilised to develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will be submitted to the Government of Guinea prior to the commencement of drilling.

Attempting to minimise environmental footprint (Arrow starts collecting environmental data at Simandou North)

The information will also assist Arrow to take measures to avoid or reduce any potential negative impacts of its exploration activities on the environment and local communities.

“Current work allows us to establish procedures to mitigate potential environmental impacts, accurately track the effectiveness of our actions and respond appropriately when required.

“As we move toward our maiden drill program on the Simandou North Iron Project it is essential that environmental and community considerations form part of our planning process to provide a solid foundation to support the company’s ongoing exploration activities,” says Bresser.

Targeting priority areas (Arrow starts collecting environmental data at Simandou North)

Arrow’s exploration programme will target five high priority areas that have been identified within Simandou North, each between 5km and 7km in strike length.

These priority areas demonstrate modelled geophysical responses consistent with those expected for significant haematite development and enrichment within the iron bearing lithologies.

These targets form the focus on Arrow’s ongoing exploration program which will involve environmental surveys, detailed geological mapping, surface geochemistry, ground geophysical surveys and drilling. Field work is anticipated to recommence in the coming weeks.

Infrastructure development (Arrow starts collecting environmental data at Simandou North)

The government of Guinea, Simfer and WCS created La Compagnie du TransGuineen (CTG), a JV Company to co-develop the megaproject requiring the construction of the 670km “TransGuinean” railway, extending from the Simandou Ranges to Forécariah on the coast where the deep-water port and ship loading infrastructure will be built at Morebaya.

This USD15-billion major capital investment is set to deliver shared purpose infrastructure to the area, with the government targeting completion by December 2024, enabling commercial production from mines in the area by 2025.

The Government of Guinea stated on January 30, 2023, that Rio Tinto Group, Winning Simandou Consortium and China Baowu Steel Group agreed to restart infrastructure development for the multipurpose and multi-user infrastructure project in March 2023.

Arrow starts collecting environmental data at Simandou North

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Arrow starts collecting environmental data at Simandou North  

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