Canada’s B2Gold is interested in any West African assets that Barrick Gold may put up for sale after its acquisition of Randgold Resources, B2Gold CEO Clive Johnson says. B2Gold, whose stock rose as much as 3% on Friday following better-than-expected quarterly production results, is "definitely interested" in any projects considered noncore under the new Barrick, he said in an interview. Under Barrick’s $6.1bn all-stock deal to buy Randgold, the companies have said they will focus on their biggest and best assets globally and consider selling others. "If there are opportunities in West Africa that don’t perhaps fit the new Barrick model, in terms of the size of project or other things, then we’d be keen to look," Johnson said on Thursday. Ideally, the Vancouver-based miner wants projects it can develop to produce about 200,000oz of gold annually for at least 10 years, as opposed to already built mines. It seeks investments with a 20% rate of return at gold prices of $1,200-$1,250/oz...

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