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 2018, the mine produced 450koz of gold. Based on company guidance, the mine is expected to produce between 417 - 433koz of gold in 2019 (90% attributable production to IAMGOLD of 375 - 390koz). A Feasibility Study is ongoing to optimise CIL performance, improve recoveries and increase efficiency.