Currently, mining activities are focusing on heap leaching for gold at the Sassa-1 mining
permit, where gold-bearing tailings of artisanal mining have been accumulating since
mid-1980's. The plant became fully operational in January 2012. It includes the ore
preparation site (sieving and agglomeration), the heaps area, and the technological
installation (sorption, desorption, electrolysis, and smelting). The plant is testing ground
for defining the processing technology for the Bouda ore.
It can be easily upgraded to process up to 600,000 tons of ore per month.