THE WESTERN CLUSTER IRON ORE DEPOSITS IN LIBERIA
WAS OPERATED BY ELENILTO
In 2009 The Government of Liberia has selected ELENILTO for the development of the Western Cluster iron mega-project. Elenilto has executed a 25 years Mineral Development Agreement with the Government of Liberia to develop the mines. With resources of more than 1 billion tons, this integrated project involves a major construction of the railroad, port, and mining infrastructure and advanced facilities.
In 2011, Sesa Goa (a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources PLC) joined the project as the operating partner and has become 100% shareholder of WCL. Located in western Liberia, the Western Cluster project consists of three mining concessions, the Bomi, Mano and Bea, with over 1,000 Mt of iron ore resource. The general geology of the iron ore concessions is typical of Proterozoic banded iron formations (BIF), and is comprised primarily of quartz, hematite, and magnetite as well such weathering and replacement products as martite and limonite.
The Western Cluster Iron Ore Deposits
Located in Western Liberia, and composed of several deposits covering 270 sq km with deposits presented by the government of over 1.05 Billion tons of iron ore.
The concessions consists of:
*The Mano River Iron Ore Deposits (former National Iron Ore Company: NIOC);
Location, Reserves and Fe content:
The deposits with total area of 270 sq km, are located close to the coast along the old railway from Monrovia to Mano River:
Banded Iron Formation – Iron Ore