CONAKRY, REPUBLIC OF GUINEA, 20 November 2020 – SMFG is delighted to announce that Mr Kevin McLean, an Australian national, has been named to the role of Director of Operations for the Nimba Iron Ore Project of the Société des Mines de Fer de Guinée (SMFG). Mr McLean brings to SMFG his rich experience of more than 24 years in the mining sector. He began his career in Australia in iron ore, gold and base metals. From 2013 to 2015, he led operations (mine, rail, port) of a large iron-ore project in Sierra Leone.

More recently, from 2015 to October 2020, Mr McLean has fulfilled the roles of Project Director, Operations Director and CEO/PDG of Bel Air Mining, the Guinea subsidiary of Alufer Mining which developed and today operates the Bel Air mine. With his assistance, Alufer rapidly prepared, constructed and began shipping of bauxite in western Guinea, and is one of the leading companies in Guinea in terms of responsible operations.

Mr McLean replaces Mr Andrew Strelein, who leaves SMFG after five years of exceptional, dedicated service to the Nimba Iron Ore Project, to Lola Prefecture and to Guinea.

About SMFG
SMFG aims to responsibly develop and operate the high-grade Nimba Iron Ore Project, located in the Forestière region of the Republic of Guinea. SMFG is a subsidiary of High Power Exploration Inc. (“HPX”), a privately-owned U.S. corporation led by Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert Friedland.  SMFG is overseen by a highly experienced board and management team.