China shores up manganese ore supplies under its own control

China and Burkina Faso have reached a under which China will finance construction of a railway and to develop the Tambao manganese deposit which has estimated reserves of 100-million mt. The Chinese companies involved in the project are yet to be announced. The cost of the project has been estimated at $1-billion. Development of the mine, which is considered the world’s largest manganese deposit, was halted in 2015.

Chinese users are dependent on imported ore as the country’s low-quality deposits decline. China just re-established relations with the African country a few months ago, and has pledged financial assistance.

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It’s all communication, considering political instability/lack of government reliability in BF and on this project, the money needed to be invested, and the fact that this deposit is not what people think it is. Plus, this region is kind of a “private ground” for other countries, I do no think China influence will be welcomed with open arms…

But, hey, anything can happen with China !