A continued search for mine workers at Trevali Mining’s Perkoa nickel mine in Burkina Faso following a flooding event on 16 April has brought unfortunate news: the bodies of four miners have been recovered from the operation while the remaining four being sought remain missing.
In an update on 25 May, Trevali officials said search crews are continuing their efforts “at full capacity” to locate the four that remain missing.
As for the four located deceased, the miner is notifying families as they are identified. Senior representatives of Trevali and the Perkoa mine mining contractor Byrnecut, it added, are in regular contact with the families of all eight workers and will continue to offer support.
“The company continues to work alongside the Burkinabe authorities and is grateful for the search assistance received from them as well as the Burkina Faso mining community,” it said.
The mine remains closed, and will be “for the foreseeable future” as officials investigate the cause of the incident, according to the update report.
Trevali, based in Vancouver, holds 90% ownership interest of Perkoa. It also owns 90% of the Rosh Pinah mine in Namibia and wholly owns the Caribou mine in northern New Brunswick, Canada.