SUMMARY OF BONG HISTORY
1958

Surface prospecting and ground magnetic surveys. Signing of the Concession Agreement between the government of the Republic of Liberia and DELIMCO with the right of prospecting and mining for 70 years.. The Liberian government and a group of German steel producers become equal shareholders in DELIMCO.

1961

Formation of Bong Mining Co. as operating company. Shareholders: Italian and German stelle companies.

1962

Start of construction: Monrovia port facilities, 50-mile railroad, workshops, power plant, water supply system, concnetrator plant, mine dvelopment, housing areas with all pertaining infrastructure.

1965

Start-Up of the concentrator with six lines. First shipment of concentrate.

1967

First extension of the concentrator (7th line).

1969

Second extension of the concentrator (8th line) and construction of pellet plant No. 1.

1970

Improvement of port to handle ore carriers up to 90,000 deadweight tons. Construction of crude ore blending facilities. Extension of power plant to seven diesel generators.

1971

Start-up of pellet plant No.1

1972

Third extension of the concentrator (9th and 10th lines). Extension of the power plant to eight diesel generators. Extension of warehouse and workshop facilities.

1973

Extension of product stockpile capacity to approximately 1,000,000 tons at the BMC port facilities in Monrovia, and construction of a combined stacker-reclaimer.

1974

On Dec. 16th, in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Liberia, DELIMCO was merged with Bong Mining Co. A revised Concession Agreement between the government of the Republic of Liberia and Bong Mining Co. was concluded.

1975

Implementation of a $120 million extension programm including:

- Fourth extension of the concentrator(11th line, 12th cascade mill) scavenging,
- flotation,
- concentrate blending bed
- pellet plant No. 2,
- extension of power plant by three additional units of MW each,
- extension of housing areas including all pertaining infrastructure, warehouse and workshops.

1977

Start-up of the new facilities.

1987

Start-up of re-cleaner magnetic separation.

1990

As the civil war reaches Bong and the situation is getting worse, the employees are evacuated and the Bong Mining Co. ceases to exist in September 1990.


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