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  • Orezone Gold Corporation (TSXV:ORE) has received government approval for it’s Social Impact Assessment
  • The assessment was for the phase II development of the company’s Bombore Gold Project in Burkina Faso
  • Orezone owns 90 per cent of the Bombore Gold Project
  • The company has now submitted their Phase II plan for approval by the Burkina Faso government
  • Orezone Gold Corporation (TSXV:ORE) has a market cap of C$122 million

Orezone Gold Corporation (TSXV:ORE) has announced its Social Impact Assessment for the Bombore Gold Project in Burkina Faso has been approved.

The company submitted its assessment for the Phase II expansion of its project to the Burkina Faso Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

The decision solidified the development timeline of the company’s Bombore Project, a project Orezone owns 90 per cent of.

The Bombore Project was the subject of an updated feasibility study in 2019, that incorporated a staged higher grade expansion to the oxide-only mine plan in the 2018 feasibility study.

The Phase II expansion incorporates select zones of higher grade fresh rock and lower transition reserves, along with the previously excluded flood plain oxides.

With the planned mine expansion, the 2019 feasibility study highlighted a 60 per cent increase in mineral reserves to 1.8 million gold ounces along with significantly improved project economics as compared to their 2018 feasibility study.

Patrick Downey, President and CEO of Orezone, said receiving the approval was an important step in realising the potential of Orezone’s Bombore project.

“The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment review was a rigorous process that involved comprehensive examinations by technical committees of the permitting bodies and formal public hearings.

“We look forward to the receipt of the expanded mining permit which will assist the company in its on-going project financing process,” he added.

With this tick off, Orezone has now filed for the approval of their expansion plan. The final step of the permitting process, a decision is expected on the expansion plan from the Burkina Faso government is expected in the third quarter of this year.

Orezone Gold (ORE) is trading down 2 per cent at C$0.49 per share at 11:34 am EST.

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