Project Dogoro is located in the Circle of Kangaba, Koulikoro region in South West Mali. The formal convention for the area to research and explore Iron Ore and other Group II minerals was signed in February 2009 and the Decree was granted in April 2009.

The Environment Permit for Iron Ore Exploitation in this research area was approved by the Ministry of Environment, Government of Mali in October 2010 and the Exploitation Permit for mining Iron Ore was granted by the Ministry of Mines, Government of Mali in November 2012.

Identified Potential Iron Ore Exploitation Zones in the Concession Area:

    As per the Feasibility Report developed by a team of Independent Geologists and Consultants which was submitted to the National Directorate of Geology and Mines, Mali seven Potential Iron Ore exploitation areas were identified in the Research area. These identified Iron Ore Potential zones are:

  • Zone A: North Keita, North of Djoulafonda area
  • Zone B: South Keita, North of Djoulafonda area
  • Zone C: South-West of Dogoro area
  • Zone D: North-West of Saguele area
  • Zone E: South West of Kalagoue
  • Zone F: East of Sananfara area
  • Zone G: North-East of Karamokola area

Total Approximate area of these seven Potential Iron Ore zones is 31.00 square kilometers ~ 3,100 hectares.

Description of Area:

The ‘Mining Area One’ that the company currently requests for the Mining/ Exploitation rights are the areas encompassing Identified Potential Exploitation zones listed as Zone A, Zone B, Zone C, Zone D, Zone E, Zone F and Zone G.

The entire requested prospective mining area is north of national route R 5. The area is generally in the western half of the research area. The significant communities near the mining area are Sananfara, Karamokola, Keniero, Saguele, Komanifara, Dogoro etc. The mining area is just north of National Route R5 which connects Bamako, the capital region of Mali with the Route N6 in Guinea Conakary.

The area is characterized by low hills of elevation of 450 meters to 600 meters; with the occurrence of extensive deposit of float iron ore from the hill top’s to the bottom of the hills and along the ground surface at numerous places through-out the requested area. Iron ore Insitu are encountered in most of the zones and float ores are encountered in all the potential zones. Iron ore concentrated area is surrounded by highly elevated Sandstone in all the sides.

Drainage: A general radial drainage system has been noticed in the concession area. However, Baguefara is the Main Drainage of this area and is draining into Niger river in the East of this concession.

Estimated Geological Iron Ore Reserve in these seven zones is 24.23 Million Tons (as per the Report submitted to DNGM, Government of Republic of Mali)

Method of Measurement employed to estimate the ore reserve is ‘Area Cross-Sectional’ computation methodology

Types of Deposits:

The major rock types mined for the production of metallic iron are: massive hematite, pisolitic goethite/limonite, which provide a "high-grade" ore.

  • The Ore type is Hematite (Fe²O³).
  • Physical attributes of the deposit:
    • Color – Rusty Red, Reddish Gray & Blackish Red
    • Texture – variety, with significant occurrence of tabular & rounded ore rock with no sharp edges
    • Size – Float ore - all sizes; majority 30 mm to 350 mm; Conglomerate embedded Iron Ore - 100 mm to upwards of 600 mm
  • Mostly high grade ore occurrence; In-Situ Iron ore bed formation, Float ores of all sizes, including large boulders upwards of 0.5 cum, average sizing: 30 mm to 350 mm.
  • Also Iron ore as conglomerate deposit embedded with Laterite occurrence in Zone E, F and G; Sizing: 100 mm to upwards of 800 mm.
  • Grade of Ore- Fe content upwards of 58% and going up to 66%.
  • Other elements and values also within permissible limits and favorable for steel making
  • Mostly high grade float ore occurrences of all sizes from pebble to big boulders, size varies from 30mm to 600mm.
  • Iron ore as conglomerates with laterite, size 100mm to 600mm.


  • Open cast Mining envisaged, top slice Mining approach.
  • Manual and Mechanized ore collections
  • Ore raised and transported using tippers to pre screener, Crusher- screener production unit.
  • Transportation to Dakar (load Port) by 18/22 Wheeler trucks, capacity of trucks up to 51 tons.
  • Shipment to Destination Markets through Containerized shipments / Bulk Carriers.