Guyana

In 2015 a fact finding mission was carried out by AppelGlobal in Guyana after invitation from Ministry of Mines, Georgetown. Presentations were made for ministry officials and two extended field trips were organised to South and West Guyana. The vast majority of sites visited were large scale gold mining of deeply weathered gold ores. The loose gold ore was flushed loose and pumped up to processing stations. Like in Suriname mercury was locally sprinkled over the weathered gold ore. The miners I met were generally positive to try a mercury-free gold extraction method, but the Ministry did unfortunately not favour financing the mercury-free method

Deeply weathered gold ore being flushed up to sluices

Deeply weathered gold ore being flushed up to sluices

Mercury recovered in the sluice

Mercury recovered in the sluice