Location and History
Taparko was the first gold mine built in Burkina Faso and was launched in 2005. Nordgold acquired Taparko in August 2008 and currently co-owns it with the Government of Burkina Faso which controls 10% of the mine.
Taparko is located in the Namantenga province of Burkina Faso, approximately 200km northeast of Ouagadougou, the country's capital, and is connected to the city by a fully tarmacked road.
Multiple open pit operations with all the mining and milling facilities located on the main Taparko site. The mine comprise a processing plant, ball milling facility and CIL circuits.
Supporting Burkina Faso
All mines operated by Nordgold in Burkina Faso (the combined Bissa-Bouly and Taparko) are co-owned by Nordgold and the Government of Burkina Faso, which controls 10% of the operations. Since 2008, when Nordgold first started operating in the country, we have been Burkina Faso's reliable partner and a major contributor to the country’s economic and social development.
Nordgold grew into one of the largest gold miners operating in Burkina Faso in little over a decade. As we produce close to 40% of our total gold output in the country, we are committed to its economic and social development. Nordgold's investment in Burkina Faso has exceeded US$1 billion. Additionally, since 2009, Nordgold has contributed over US$400 million to the government in the form of taxes and royalties.
As a major employer, we play an important economic role in driving a fair distribution of wealth. Our operations in Burkina Faso provide over 1,900 permanent jobs in total. 95% of our employees are Burkina Faso nationals, in accordance with the Company’s policy to actively hire and promote the citizens of our host countries.
At Nordgold, we act in a socially responsible way at all times and recognise local communities as one of our key stakeholders. We proactively seek their support and involvement in our projects and are proud of the contribution that our operations make to local communities, host provinces and nations. Nordgold’s concern for, and understanding of, the needs of local communities are an integral part of our approach to doing business wherever we operate. In addition to the thousands of jobs created and millions invested in our Burkina Faso operations, Nordgold has contributed approximately US$16 million in Burkina Faso to social development programmes since 2009 and we intend to continue this support into the future.
The Company’s extensive community development programmes in West Africa are specifically designed following consultation with the local people, with a focus on four priority themes: ‘Quality Education’, ‘Clean Water & Sanitation’, ‘Good Health’, and ‘Sustainable Cities & Communities’.
Since 2017, Nordgold and the Embassy of France in Burkina Faso support the Association of Women in the Mining Sector of Burkina Faso (AFEMIB) which carries out a project aimed at creating income-generation opportunities for women at Yeou, a Taparko satellite deposit.