Big resource developments from a tiny and unexpected nation this week. Where both the mining and energy sectors are, incredibly, taking off at the same time.
That’s Guyana — a roughly Florida-sized country sandwiched between Venezuela and Suriname on the Caribbean coast of South America (see map below). Where the government announced this week that the gold mining sector just hit an all-time record for production.
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Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, told a press gathering over the weekend that national gold production came in at 690,000 ounces during 2016. Marking the highest level of output the nation has ever seen.
A full 70 percent of this production came from two large-scale operations — the Karouni mine commissioned by Australia’s Troy Resources in early 2016, as well as the Aurora operation run by Canada’s Guyana Goldfields. Notably however, 30 percent of the output came from small- and medium-scale operations — showing there is considerable potential across Guyana.
Minister Trotman said the government expects production to rise above 700,000 ounces in 2017. And news this week suggests the coming year could see big developments for Guyana in another commodity: oil.