The Essakane mine is a surface operation, located 330km north east of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso. Gold is produced from oxide ore using a conventional carbon-in-leach (CIL) processing circuit. A new processing line was commissioned in 2014 to mill a higher proportion of harder rock. A carbon fines treatment plant and intensive leach reactor (ILR) was commissioned in 2016 to improve gold recovery at the mill. In 2017, the mine produced 432koz of gold. Based on company guidance, the mine is expected to produce between 422 - 439koz of gold in 2018 (90% attributable production to IAMGOLD of 380 - 395koz). A Feasibility Study on heap leach processing of lower grade ore is ongoing. The heap leach project will allow processing of low grade stockpiled ore and a pushback of the open pit with potential to extend mine life by 3 - 5 years. Combined heap leach and CIL gold production is expected to average 480koz/a over the life of mine.