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The Minerals and Mining (Support Services) Regulations establish that support services may be provided to a holder of a mineral right by persons registered in accordance with the Regulation. Support service providers may be registered as a ‘Class A’ or a ‘Class B’ provider.
A ‘Class A’ support service provider is a person who offers more extensive contract mining services. These include mining and ancillary construction services, works which are provided specifically and exclusively for the mining industry (e.g. construction of a heap leach pad and haulage roads), assay laboratory services, and supply of mining equipment and spare parts (reg. 2).
A ‘Class B’ support service provider must be Ghanaian and provides services specifically and exclusively to a mineral right holder, including contract mining services for small scale mining, reclamation, re-vegetation and management of mining operations and haulage services to and from mine sites (reg. 2).
The provider shall additionally submit monthly and annual reports to the Commission on the mineral rights holder’s activities (reg. 4). Under regulation 6, the support services provider must comply with the mining and environmental laws and Regulations.