ArcelorMittal Liberia

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Our operations

Our work in Liberia represented the first Greenfield mining project undertaken by ArcelorMittal, which was established in 2006 following the merger of Arcelor and Mittal Steel. We mine iron ore in Yekepa, Nimba County, and transport it to the iron ore quay in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. Our offices are located in Yekepa; Green Hill Quarry (Bong County); Buchanan and Monrovia, Montserrado County.

Our Liberian operations are divided into two phases:

  • Phase one (2011 to 2015): ore will continue to be mined and shipped to our European steel plants or to the open market in Asia
  • Phase two (2015 to ± 2030): the capacity of our iron ore mine will be increased to 15 million tons a year. A new fixed ship loader at the Buchanan port and a concentrator at the Yekepa concession to produce iron ore pellets will be invested in by our company and constructed.


2012 in review

Looking back at 2012, our first major accomplishment was achieving production of our first million tons of iron ore. Next was the signing of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) – a major milestone in employees and management relations – that signified an important step towards solidifying the union and employee relationship. In between, there were great moments and challenges with the biggest of all being heavy, torrential rains.

January 2012

January 21: First post-war hotel in Yekepa, the Alvino Hotel, opens within the ArcelorMittal concession area

February 2012

February 27: One millionth ton of direct shipped ore (DSO) transported from Tokadeh to Buchanan port by rail, exceeding the company’s rail tonnage target in February

March 2012

March 19: The company announces shipment of the one millionth ton of DSO from Liberia

April 2012

April 2: ArcelorMittal launches a one-month road safety campaign to raise awareness of road and rail safety from Nimba, Bong to Grand Bassa County

May 2012

May 1: ArcelorMittal Liberia holds the official dedication of the Warmah Town Public School in Bong County, one of our company’s social mitigation projects

June 2012

June: The construction of a shed to cover the iron ore stockpile hails as another first for Liberia

June 21: The company launches the first phase of Limbs for Liberia, a program that supplied over 400 new prosthetic limbs to amputees across Liberia

June 25-26: Courageous Leadership training begins in Liberia, as part of a major health and safety program within ArcelorMittal Mining

June 29: Thirty senior managers gather to discuss and develop the priorities for Liberia at Shaping Our Destiny Vision 2020 conference, attended by cultural ambassador Juli Endee.

July 2012

July 2: ArcelorMittal Liberia signs three forest protection management and assistance memorandum of understandings to assist Forestry Development Authority (FDA)

August 2012

August 11: Company hosts Security Sector Conference in Yekepa, Nimba County

August 14: Company launches first Advanced Studies Scholarship program

August 26: Awarded 20 scholarships to students at Nimba County Community College for studies in either Forestry or Natural Resource Management towards an Associate’s degree

August 30: Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed

September 2012

September 13: First group of biodiversity scholarships awarded

October 2012

October 15–19: ArcelorMittal hosts the first Health Awareness Program, a week-long of activities related to health and safety

November 2012

November 24: Sea Turtle and Mangrove Protection Awareness Day organized in collaboration with USAID PROSPER, ArcelorMittal Liberia, and Conservation International

December 2012

December 17: Five young Liberians awarded scholarship – through the Advanced Academic Scholarship Program (AASP) – for studies in Kenya, China and Australia in fields of analytical chemistry, procurement and logistics, chemical engineering and environmental management.