The Asanko project was derived from the combination of two standalone (Obotan & Esaase) projects. The Obotan deposit will be developed as Phase 1 while the Esaase deposit will be developed as Phase 2. Both deposits will be mined by open pit methods. Ore from Esaase will be transported 27km by overland conveyor to a carbon in leach plant at Obotan.Commercial production (Phase 1) was declared in April 2016 and board approval for Phase 2 expansion (5Mt/a expansion) was announced in November. In 2016 148koz of gold was produced as the mill operated 20% above nameplate capacity at 3.6Mt/a.For 2017 full year gold production is estimated at 205 225koz.