The proposed project

Ivanhoe Liberia is studying options to:

  1. Expand the capacity of the existing rail infrastructure between Tokadeh, Nimba County, to a port on the Liberian coast to accommodate the transport of ore from the Guinean Nimba Mountains,
  2. Rehabilitate rail infrastructure along the abandoned rail right-of-way from Tokadeh northwards to Yekepa, which was operated until 1992,
  3. Build 2-3 km of new rail, linking the existing rail right-of-way at Yekepa to the Guinean border where it will join a short segment of rail leading to the proposed, nearby iron ore mine, and
  4. Develop port facilities to handle the incremental ore to be delivered to the Liberian coast, whether by increasing capacity of existing port facilities at Buchanan or building new facilities in or near Buchanan.

In addition to the engineering and design studies required for such infrastructure, Ivanhoe Liberia plans to conduct a full environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) on the construction and operation of the infrastructure described above. This ESIA will be fully compliant with Liberian laws, regulations and standards, as well as MIGA’s and IFC’s Performance Standards.

For information on SMFG’s proposed sister project in Guinea, please click here.

In addition, Ivanhoe Liberia is investigating potential options in Liberia. This site will be updated when there is news to announce.