|Red Sea Governorate|
The Sukari mine is the first modern gold mine in Egypt. The mine is located in the south-east of the country in the Red Sea Governorate. It is a combination of an open-pit mine and an underground mine, with estimated reserves of 15.4 million oz of gold. Production began in 2009 with 850 workers. The initial yield was 2 g/t, with future yields expected to rise to between 5 g/t and 10 g/t. In October 2012 owner Centamin's license for the Sukarim mine was annulled by an Egyptian court, in December operations were suspended over a payment dispute and exports were halted. Within a week significant parts of the disupte with the Egyptian bureaucracy were resolved and exports were resumed. By 2014 production had risen to 250,000 oz in the first nine months, with a target figure for the entire year of 420,000 oz.
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