Chinese gold miner to build airport in Upper East Region
Cardinal Namdini Mining Limited, a subsidiary of China’s Shandong Gold, is planning to construct an airport in northern Ghana to serve both the Upper East Region and its mining operations.
Initially, Cardinal had proposed building an airstrip exclusively for its use in the Talensi District, where it intends to commence gold mining by the fourth quarter of 2024. However, the Ministry of Transport persuaded the company to develop a full airport since the region currently lacks one.
Steve Ofori-Asamoah, the project manager for Cardinal Namdini, revealed these plans during a tour of the mining site with other officials.
He explained that the airstrip was intended to facilitate the transportation of employees to various destinations outside the region, such as Kumasi, Accra, and Takoradi, as well as for transporting gold bullion.
Ofori-Asamoah mentioned that the company’s management is currently in negotiations with the government to finalize this ambitious project.
With a 15-year mining lease for surface mining in the Talensi District, Cardinal Namdini aims to extract 150 million tonnes of ore, yielding an estimated 5 million ounces of gold over that period.