Kamoa Copper on track to be among ten largest copper mines globally

Ivanhoe Mines provides an update on developments at the Kamoa-Kakula mine (Video by Ivanhoe Mines)

10th January 2022

By: Marleny Arnoldi

Deputy Editor Online


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Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines has set its sights on producing between 290 000 t and 340 000 t of copper in concentrate this year.

The Kamoa copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, produced 105 884 t of copper in concentrate in 2021. This exceeded the upper end of the guidance range, which was set at between 92 500 t and 100 000 t.

The project has been ramping up its processing capacity as part of Phase 1. Phase 2 expansion is 80% complete and will start operations in the second quarter of the year.

Phase 2 will take the plant’s nameplate milling capacity to 3.8-million tonnes a year.

Ivanhoe co-chairperson Robert Friedland says Phase 2 remains significantly ahead of schedule and that the project is well on its way to doubling its annualised copper output to more than 400 000 t starting early in the second quarter – vaulting Kamoa Copper into the ranks of the world’s ten largest copper mines.

Phase 3 of the concentrator expansion is targeted for 2024, with earthworks to access new mining areas already under way.

"Our outstanding team of geologists is confident that the Kamoa and Kakula mines are just the initial discoveries of a major new mining district, which extends the storied African Copperbelt in a southwesterly direction all the way to the Zambian border.

“We will be conducting an extensive drilling campaign on our majority-owned Western Foreland exploration licences this year to unlock the potential of this highly-prospective ground,” Friedland says.

Meanwhile, the guidance range for cash costs (C1) per pound of payable copper in 2022 is between $1.20/lb and $1.40/lb of payable copper.

C1 costs per pound of payable copper for the tird qurter of 2021 totalled $1.37/lb, while cost of sales per pound of payable copper sold for the third quarter was $1.08/lb.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online



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