86% owned by Perseus
Sissingué became Perseus’ second gold mine when it was developed ahead of time and on budget in January 2018. Sissingué is in the north of Côte d’Ivoire, near the border of Mali, 787km north-west of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital of Abidjan.
High-grade gold ore is sourced from one main open pit and several smaller satellite open pits and processed through a conventional 1.4 million tonnes per annum CIL processing facility. In FY21, the mine produced nearly 105,000 ounces of gold at an AISC of US$676/oz.
Since its inception, Sissingué has exceeded all expectations in terms of run time, throughput rates, recovery and gold production. By including development of satellite deposits Fimbiasso and Bagoé, Perseus has extended Sissingué’s mine life to March 2026, with potential for further extension by processing low-grade stockpiles.
The Sissingué Gold Mine and satellite deposits are situated on the Syama-Boundiali Greenstone Belt. The terrain is comprised of undifferentiated granitoids, flysch sediments, intermediate volcanics, and small occurrences of mafic intrusives and molasse sediments.
The Sissingué Gold Mine main pit mineralisation is structurally controlled and mainly hosted within a granitic stock associated with a network of quartz-carbonate veins and veinlets with associated pyrite and arsenopyrite dissemination. Gold-bearing veins have a dominant NNW to NS trend and are steeply dipping. Disseminated mineralisation is also located in the alternation envelops of the mineralised quartz veins.
Sissingué Production Process
Workforce & Community
Perseus is the major provider of formal employment in the local community which traditionally has supported subsistence farming and grazing activities. We employ almost 700 employees and contractors at Sissingué Gold Mine. About 90% of our workforce are Ivorian nationals and 49% are drawn from the villages nearest the mine.
Importantly, Sissingué has developed a very high level of community engagement through the construction and operation of the mine and as a major employer and provider of benefits to the host community, it currently enjoys strong levels of community support. Sissingué provides a high level of local employment, supports local enterprise (59% of the food supplies are sourced locally) and conducts skills-based training programs to provide transferable skills. Of the total revenue generated annually by Sissingué, 0.5% is paid into the Community Development Fund (CDF) which is managed by a representative committee to deliver infrastructure and programs for the 12 communities nearest the Sissingué Mine.