Jordan explorer to tap 7-tonne Sudan gold site
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Jordanian gold explorer Brinsley Enterprises has found an estimated 7 tonnes of reserves on a site in northeast Sudan and will start commercial production next year, Sudanese state media reported.
The company's general manager told Sudan's state Suna news agency that Brinsley had found indications of another 10 to 15 tonnes of gold while exploring 14 other sites in Africa's largest country.
Suna said late on Monday that production would start on Brinsley's concession in Sudan's Red Sea state in mid-2011.
Sudan's energy and mining minister Al-Zubeir Ahmed al-Hassan told Reuters in October the country was witnessing a "gold rush" with an explosion of small-time prospecting and commercial concessions going to new companies.
The minister said Sudan had also been handing out mining concessions in its Nile, Northern and Southern Kordofan states, adding one field alone had proven reserves of 30 tonnes.