China Eximbank provides $107 million loan for Koka Gold Mine Project
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Funding agency [Type]
Export-Import Bank of China [State-owned Policy Bank]
Industry, mining, construction (Code: 320)
In July 2013, China Eximbank and Zara Mining Share Company (ZMSC) signed a $107 million loan agreement for the Koka Gold Mine Project. The borrowing terms of the loan are unknown. The proceeds of the loan were used to partially finance a $145 million EPC contract with Shanghai Corporation for Foreign Economic & Technical Cooperation (SFECO). ZMSC is a joint venture that is owned by SFECO (60% equity) and the state-owned Eritrean National Mining Corporation (ENAMCO) (40% equity). The purpose of this project was to develop the Zara gold mine, which is located in the Elababu shear zone between the Nakfa terrane and the Adobha Abiy terrane in northwest Eritrea. It involved the construction of a processing plant, a mine village, and service stations for fuel, water and electric power. With a mine life of seven years, the 44 million ton gold deposit contains a JORC-compliant indicated resource of 5 million tonnes of ore at 5.3g/t Au and is expected to produce up to 850,000 oz of gold with 93% recoveries. SFECO was the contractor responsible for implementation. A formal groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 25, 2013 and the project was officially completed on January 22, 2016.
The Chinese project title is 发厄立特里亚科卡金矿 or 厄立特里亚科卡金矿 or 厄特科卡金矿项目 or 署厄立特里亚金矿项目 or 厄立特里亚Koka金矿开发项目.This loan is not included in the database of Chinese loan commitments that SAIS-CARI released in July 2020.
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Receiving agencies [Type]
Zara Mining Share Company [Joint Venture/Special Purpose Vehicle]
Implementing agencies [Type]
China Shanghai (Group) Corporation for Foreign Economic and Technological Cooperation [State-owned Company]; Zara Mining Share Company [Joint Venture/Special Purpose Vehicle]