Rutile, ilmenite, and zircon mining
Sierra Rutile Limited (SRL) is located in the Bonthe and Moyamba districts in the southern province of Sierra Leone. The company has seven mining leases within approximately 560 km2. The mining project is a subsidiary of Iluka Resources and has already been in operation for almost 60 years. The Project involves the extraction and processing of rutile, as well as ilmenite and zircon as by-products. SRL plans to develop mining in Area 5, construct a haul road would connect Area 5 to facilities in Area 1, including a port at Nitti enabling access to Sherbro bay. The mine is located within the habitat of the Critically Endangered Western chimpanzee.