Equipment Specification for the Demonstration Units in Sudan
The chosen artisanal gold mining site lies in the middle of Ingessana Hills, 80 km to the Southwest of El Damazin town, the capital of the Blue Nile State. The mining sites are scattered around Gugub village, which lies ~10 km Northwest of the Bau town; the administrative center of the Inagassna Hills District. Southern Blue Nile region is accessible by a 520 km long Khartoum-El Damazin asphalt road. El Damazin is connected to Bau and other villages of the Ingassana Hills by dirt roads. In dry season, it takes 2 hours to drive from El Damazin to reach Gugub, the main artisanal gold mining village or Bau. Blue Nile River is the major drainage in southern Blue Nile region and it is fed by a network of big seasonal streams that drain the highlands east and west of the river into the main course. The seasonal waters end up into the western banks of Roseries Dam reservoir at a point around 20 km South of the El Damazin town. There is no reliable information on gold production in Ingessana Hills prior to late 1996. Although artisanal gold mining activities in the Ingessana Hills is relatively recent, the impact on the economy of the district is substantial. Chromite mining activity in various locations in the Ingessana massif started in 1960s.
07 May 2010