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French Embassies to Burkina Faso and to Côte d’Ivoire visit Nordgold’s Bissa mine

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 29 September 2017 - On 27 September, Sophie Clavelier, Commercial Adviser to the French Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire and regional director of Business France, and Michel Dhé, chief of the Commercial Department at the French Embassy in Burkina Faso, made an official visit to Nordgold’s Bissa mine. The visit was organised as part of the Mission for Discovering the Mining Industry of Burkina Faso (Mission Découverte du secteur minier du Burkina Faso), which took place between 26-29 September.

The visit saw a special delegation, led by the Mme Clavelier and Mr. Dhé, and focused on the Bissa-Bouly hub, chosen because of its status as the most successful industrial mine operating in the country.

The delegation also consisted of representatives from global business, including Bouygues Énergies & Services, Lafarge and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, among others. The full list included more than 10 world-class industrial enterprises.

During the visit, Sophie Clavelier acknowledged the performance of the mine, its excellent onsite safety and environmental standards, as well as the good quality of working and living conditions available to the mine’s workers, across all levels.

“On behalf of the French Embassy in Burkina Faso and French companies that participated in the visit organized by Business France, I would like to thank the team of Bissa for their efforts. I also want to commend the Company for developing such efficient gold mining and production processes.” Michel DhéСhief of the Commercial Department at the French Embassy to Burkina Faso

About the event

“Mission Découverte du secteur minier du Burkina Faso” is the first mission to Burkina Faso, organized by Business France, an international agency of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of France that supports the international development of the French economy. This event marks Burkina Faso’s importance as the fourth largest gold producer in Africa, and is aimed at bringing together the major businesses operating there.

About Nordgold

Nordgold is an internationally diversified gold producer established in 2007. Nordgold has a proven track record of operational excellence and benefits from a significant international development pipeline. The Company is relentlessly focused on shareholder value, committed to running safe, efficient, profitable operations, which enable it to generate strong cashflows and in turn, continue to invest in its pipeline of new growth opportunities while generating returns for investors. In 2016, Nordgold produced 869 koz of gold.

Nordgold operates 9 mines (4 in Russia, 3 in Burkina Faso and one each in Guinea and Kazakhstan). It has one project in construction phase (Gross in Russia), several prospective projects and advanced exploration phase and a diverse portfolio of early-stage exploration projects and licences in Burkina Faso, Russia, French Guiana and Canada. Nordgold employs over 8,000 people.

For further information, please contact:

Anastasia Shatskaya
Head of Media Relations
Tel: +7 495 644 4473

Peter Ogden
Giles Read
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7250 1446

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