The Senegalese authorities have started removing around 3,050 tons of ammonium nitrate from the port of Dakar, a volume larger than that involved in the large explosion of the same compound on August 4 in Beirut.
According to Baba Drame, head of the Senegalese environment ministry, trucks are transporting nitrate to mines in neighboring Mali.
Mali has received 700 tons of the chemical stored at the Loulo-Gounkoto gold mine operated by Barrick Gold Corp, the Department of Transportation reported in an earlier statement.
“Officials had been aware of the large amount of ammonium nitrate in the port since July 28,” said Drame Bloomberg over the phone from Dakar. “After the explosion in Beirut, we decided that it was urgent to remove it,” he said.