Deal #5412

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Yekepa, Liberia

Target country
Liberia

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
180
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2006] 180
Comment on land area
Another source states size is 51870 ha. 51 870 ha is the total exploration area size and not the mine specifically.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Mining
Comment on intention of investment
Iron Ore and Steel

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Exploitation permit / license / concession (for mineral resources)

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2005] Concluded (Contract signed)
[2006] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
Original contract negotiated in 2005 (a re-negotiated contract was signed in 2006). Another source states contract start date was 16:05:2007.

Implementation status

Implementation status
In operation (production)

Contract farming

Contract farming
No

Contract #1

Duration of the agreement (in years)
25

Number of total jobs created

Jobs created (total)
Yes
Comment on jobs created (total)
staff of over 4,000 direct and indirect employees

Operating company

Name of investment project
Tokadeh Mountain
Comment on investment chain
ArcelorMittal Liberia Ltd. was created in 2006, when a 25-year Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) to mine iron ore was signed between the Government of Liberia and ArcelorMittal.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2014-10-30
Comment on data source
Communities as Counterparties :Preliminary Review of Concessions and Conflict in Emerging and Frontier Market Concessions

Data source #2

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-04-28
Comment on data source
Coordinating Mining Conservation Efforts in Liberia

Data source #4

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
Working for development? ArcelorMittal’s mining operations in Liberia, extractive industries: blessing or curse?

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Comment on data source
ArcelorMittals iron ore mining, Liberia- EJAtlas

Data source #6

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
Gender-differentiated impacts of Largescale Land Acquisitions in Liberia, February 2017.

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection
Comment on community reaction
"Arcelor Mittal faced criticisms over the way they handled social and environmental impacts, in particular that they had given inadequate compensation for the involuntary resettlement of farmers"

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
"Arcelor Mittal faced criticisms over the way they handled social and environmental impacts, in particular that they had given inadequate compensation for the involuntary resettlement of farmers". The company claims that they paid adequate compensation. The company stipulated the compensation with no negotiations from the community members. "ArcelorMittal promised relocation benefits to them but did not honor its commitments. They indicated that, in some cases, ArcelorMittal bought the crops that were on the deeded lands but raised serious reservations as regards crops found on customary lands. "

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Health
Education
Roads

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Community
Comment on former land owner
Previously an old mining project that was abandoned by Lamco in 1989 during the civil war. The operations have been rebuilt nearly from scratch. The community then re-occupied the land.

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Resources area
Iron ore

Use of produce

Has export
Yes
Comment on use of produce
Phase one: shipped to our European steel plants or to the open market in Asia.

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
No
Comment on in country processing of produce
Shipped in raw form. Phase two includes processing.

Overall comment

Overall comment
The mine is accused of using chemicals leading to air and water pollution.

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