(Agence Ecofin) – Gabon, the world’s 4th largest producer of manganese in 2020 behind South Africa, Australia and China, announces further progress in the production of this mineral for this year 2021.
According to a note produced by the Ministry in charge of the Economy, the manganese extraction activity would consolidate the performance recorded in recent years, following the rise of the Moanda deposits with its two plateaus (Okouma and Bangombé) and those of Franceville and Okondja.
So, ” after an increase of 20.3% in 2020, the production of manganese ores and agglomerates would stand at 9.68 million tonnes, up 9.8%. At the same time, exports would follow the same trend to reach 8.1 million tonnes ».
The production plans of mining operators in Gabon even plan to increase the annual production of manganese from around 7 million tonnes today, to 10.3 million tonnes per year by 2023, and maybe even 12 million tonnes. in 2025.
Despite these objectives, Gabon wishes to continue reducing the dependence of its economy on this mineral, which began in 2009. According to the Prime Minister’s office, the share of manganese and oil has fallen sharply since that date, dropping from around 60 to 45% of GDP. .