About Us

Distributor of speciality chemicals to the mining industry since 1987


Our History

Nowata is a manufacturer and distributor of speciality chemicals to the mining industry and was formed in 1987 to cater for the growing demand for mining services in Africa.  We have a full range of chemicals used in the extraction of gold, base metals and platinum group metals.

Much of the initial work Nowata undertook was in West Africa, in particular, Ghana, which was and still is, the centre of the mining industry in the sub-region. We have a distribution centre based in Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana and this services the mining industry throughout West Africa. We supply our products to Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Liberia, Mauritania and Sierra Leone in the region.

In 2016 we commissioned a warehousing complex in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This consists of three warehouses, two of which are bonded. We deliver reagents from here to mines throughout the West African region. We have installed an incinerator at both the Ghana and Burkina Faso warehouses. These are approved by the Environmental Protection Agencies ( EPA ) in both countries for the destruction of sodium cyanide packaging. These incinerators are available for our own clients and third party clients.

Nowata Logistics Burkina Faso was established in 2014 and is able to organise and control worldwide imports into Francophone West Africa. The company works closely with DSV International and organised much of the importation of the capital equipment for the Truegold heap leach project in Burkina Faso, now owned by Endeavour Mining. The company is experienced in the importation of mining chemical for various mines in the region.

In East Africa we distribute from Dar Es Salaam or Mombasa to mines in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We also supply directly to Eritrea and Ethiopia. In Southern Africa we distribute from Johannesburg to mines in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We have experience of importing into most African countries and have formed a close working relationship with clearing and transport companies in the countries where we operate.

We are able to offer a complete range of chemicals and have been awarded contracts by a number of mines to supply all their consumables during commissioning and the early stages of operation. This is because of our experience and track record in supply of mines in difficult to access areas of the African continent. Our commitment is demonstrated by the fact that we have invested in warehousing and other services in a number of African countries.

Our staff has a strong technical bias and we have metallurgists, chemists and engineers servicing our accounts. We have a mineral processing laboratory in Ghana which is equipped to conduct a wide range of metallurgical tests.

Together with Orica we were instrumental in introducing cyanide sparging into West Africa. This method is regarded as being safer then delivery of conventional boxed product and is utilized at mines in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire. The technology is now well established and we are looking at introducing it into other mines in Africa.

Our arrangement with Solvay Interox gives us access to both their assisted cyanide leach and cyanide destruction technologies. These technologies are used at mines throughout Africa.

Nowata, in conjunction with AfriChem, a Ghanaian company has developed appropriate technology for the manufacture of antiscalants and flotation chemicals. These plants are operating and demonstrate our commitment to the Ghanaian Government’s plans to develop a local manufacturing industry to reduce the country’s reliance on imported reagents.

Together with a Belgian company we are manufacturing a range of nutrients which are used in BIOX plants. We test our nutrients and flotation reagents for their compatibility with the various bacteria used in the oxidation process, this ensures that the process is not inhibited in any way.

We have a division which specialises in supplying ceramic grinding media, specifically to the platinum industry in South Africa where the utilization of stirred ball mills have shown significant benefits in overall platinum group metal ( PGM ) recovery. The ceramic media are a major operating cost and development of a cost effective product is an on-going process.

Nowata personnel have been involved in the heap leaching of gold and copper ores since the early 1980’s and we were involved in the design and installation of many operations in Zimbabwe. We have also acted as installation engineers for various geomembrane manufacturers and have assisted on projects in Zambia, Kenya, Ghana, Guinea and Mali.


We have a full range of chemicals used in the gold, base metal, platinum group metal and many other mining operations.

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