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EFFORT’s Ezana becomes Ethiopia’s second major gold miner


After a decade of exploration and building a gold processing plant in northern Ethiopia, Ezana Mining has become Ethiopia’s second large scale gold mining company.

Named after the popular Ethiopian king from ancient times, the company plans to start trial operation this month at its Terakimti facility, in northern Tigray region, near Shire Endaselassie Town, 1067km from Addis Ababa.

A top official at the company told Capital that they will begin full scale production during the third week of April after the trial is evaluated.

They expect to produce 4.5 kilograms of gold per day, which is considered to be a good start for Ezana, according to experts.

The company has already finished a gold processing plant near the outskirts of Shire. “Most of the equipment is imported from South Africa and Austria, and it will be installed by Mesfin Industrial Engineering,” a source at the company said.

Both of them are under the Endowment Fund for Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT).

The plant installation process cost 700 million birr and the installation work took 18 months.

Ezana’s official said they feel successful because of what they have accomplished.

They added that the work has been done with local workers except for some mining support from foreign supervisors. “Compared other mining companies ten years is a very short period to explore and start mining,” the official at the company explained.