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Newmont Ghana Golddifferent way, to optimise what we get upfront."The mining operations in Ghana are heavily dependent on obtaining a reliable source of power, and this is an issue that affects all companies working in the country. In partnership with three other gold mining companies operating in Ghana-Goldfields Ghana, AngloGold Ashanti and Golden Star Resources-NGGL has contributed towards the construction of an 80 megawatt diesel powered generation facility, which links to the grid and provides credit towards power for the partner companies should Ghana undergo any future power shortages.NGGL has learned a great deal during its first eight years in Ghana. "From a business perspective, we have learned how to better do business within the Ghanaian culture," Santti concludes. "And this should help us continue to improve our relationships with the local communities and the regulatory authorities." This ingrained focus on environmental and social sustainability demonstrates exactly why the company was chosen to be the first gold mining organisation to gain a place on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. - Editorial research by Richard HalfhideThe lessons learned from this first mining experience in Ghana are very valuable, and NGGL aims to apply that knowledge to future operations in the country. Having established Ahafo as an efficient and successful mining operation, the corporate strategy is shifting towards expansion. Last year, the time was judged to be right to resurrect the Akyem project. Environmental permits had been granted after several years of stringent environmental impact studies, public consultations and independent reviews. During 2009, exploration work was ramped up at the site; and a feasibility study is now underway, to examine the viability of mining the gold deposits in the area. "We're hoping to be able to make an investment decision later this year based on the result of these studies," Santti comments. If Akyem gets the go-ahead, then because the geology is so similar to that of Ahafo, the optimised methodologies and processes that have been systematically defined at the first mining location can be introduced immediately at the new site. "As a result, we hope to be more effective in our capital spend at Akyem. Our mining and processing methodologies will already be largely optimised, and we intend to partner with our contractors in a slightly March 10 www.bus-ex.com 31