New Ball Mill at Mana Increases Production
Montreal, September 4, 2008 � Semafo Inc. (TSX: SMF) is pleased to announce that the new larger ball mill is now in full operation at its Mana mine in Burkina Faso, with a throughput rate reaching 4,000 tonnes per day. This represents an increase of almost 100 percent over the smaller ball mill throughput.
�Once again, we are delighted with the progress of operations at Mana,� said Benoit Desormeaux, Semafo�s Executive Vice-President and COO. �The new ball mill was expected to reach plant throughput of 4,000 tonnes per day by the beginning of September and we are pleased to confirm that we have attained this significant milestone.�
�The operating team effectively managed and maintained production, not only during the installation of the larger ball mill, but through a particularly heavy rainy season,� said Benoit La Salle, President and CEO. �The efforts and commitment of our operating team, as part of our growth strategy, resulted in another monthly production record of 10,200 ounces of gold in August at Mana.�
The company�s total production for the month of August represents a new corporate record of 20,000 ounces of gold.
Semafo is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa. The Company currently operates three gold mines in Burkina Faso, Niger and Guinea. Semafo is committed to evolve in a conscientious manner to become a major player in its geographical area of interest, while maintaining principles and strengthening relationships to increase shareholder value.
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