KOLWEZI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN; OTCQX: IVPAF) Co-Chairs Robert Friedland and Yufeng “Miles” Sun announced today that underground development at the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) totalled 2,172 metres in October. This marks another new monthly record and brings total underground development to more than 24.7 kilometres approximately 7.9 kilometres ahead of schedule.

Mr. Friedland and Mr. Sun also noted that mining crews produced a combined 194,000 tonnes of ore in October from the Kakula and Kansoko mines, which was 48% higher than achieved in September. The project’s pre-production surface stockpiles now contain approximately one million tonnes of high-grade and medium-grade ore at an estimated grade of 3.47% copper.

The enormous amount of pre-production development completed to date at both the Kakula and Kansoko mines has positioned the project for a significant acceleration in the tonnage, as well as a marked increase in the grade, of ore added to the project’s surface stockpiles beginning this month.

The monthly total of 2,172 metres of underground development in October was comprised of 1,809 metres at the Kakula Mine and 363 metres at the Kansoko Mine, which is located at the Kamoa Deposit – approximately 10 kilometres north of the Kakula Mine.

At Kakula, both main access tunnels (drives) being advanced from the southern decline, and the spiral access drive being advanced from the northern decline, have recently accessed the high-grade zone near the centre of the deposit grading approximately +8% copper (see figures 1 and 2).

Kakula’s main access drives between the northern and southern declines have less than 100 metres remaining before they are connected (holed) in the high-grade centre of the deposit. The holing will significantly increase ventilation to the centre of the orebody, allowing for additional mining crews to begin highly-productive mining operations in Kakula’s high-grade ore zones.

Mark Farren, CEO of Kamoa Copper said: “We are encouraged with the current development performance. We remain on track to open up sufficient high-grade reserves in time to feed our phase 1 and 2 concentrator plants with high-grade copper ore.”

“The imminent joining of Kakula’s northern and southern main access drives will be a major milestone in the mine’s development. Once this is achieved, the opening up and ledging of the drift-and-fill blocks can commence in the high-grade core of the deposit, where the average grade is projected to exceed 8% copper,” Mr. Farren added.

In addition to advancing the main connecting access drives, underground mining crews at Kakula are focused on preparation work for developing the high grade, drift-and-fill mining blocks in the centre of the orebody. Opening up of the mining footprint for these high grade, drift-and-fill mining areas entails development work in areas of low-, medium- and high-grade ore, and is designed to coincide with the start-up of the processing plant next year. This will allow mining crews to deliver significant tonnage of high-grade ore directly from Kakula’s underground workings to the processing plant.

Kakula’s second underground ore bin (the west tip bin) is undergoing commissioning. Installation of Kakula’s ventilation shaft #2 also is progressing well, with the first of three high-capacity surface fans installed by the contractor.

View a short, time-lapse video showing the installation of ducting at Kakula’s ventilation shaft #2: https://vimeo.com/473146788

The gabion wall for the surface bulk reclaim tip system that is located near Kakula’s main northern decline has been constructed and preparation has started for the civil works required at the top of the wall. The bulk reclaim tip system will be used to feed ore from Kakula’s surface stockpiles (and ore from the Kansoko Mine when second-phase operations begin) to the processing circuit.

Underground development at the Kansoko Mine currently is in low-to-medium-grade ore zones, grading approximately 3% copper. In October, mine development work intersected the first exposure of siltstone, marking the transition to higher copper grades at Kansoko. Siltstone is a rock type with a strong influence on copper mineralization at Kamoa-Kakula.

Kansoko is being developed by training crews and will be a supplemental source of ore for Phase 2 of the project’s development when the Kakula concentrator processing capacity doubles to 7.6 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) − currently planned to be commissioned in Q2 2022.

Phase 1 copper production from the Kakula Mine is scheduled to begin in July 2021. Kakula is projected to be the world’s highest-grade major copper mine, with an initial mining rate of 3.8 Mtpa at an estimated average feed grade of more than 6.0% copper over the first five years of operation. Phases 1 and 2 combined are forecast to produce approximately 400,000 tonnes of copper per year. Based on independent benchmarking, the project’s phased expansion scenario to 19 Mtpa would position Kamoa-Kakula as the world’s second largest copper mining complex, with peak annual copper production of more than 800,000 tonnes.

A recent, independent audit of Kamoa-Kakula's greenhouse gas intensity metrics performed by Hatch Ltd., of Mississauga, Canada, confirmed that the project will be among the world's lowest greenhouse gas emitters per unit of copper produced.

Construction of the gabion wall for the bulk reclaim tip system near Kakula’s main northern declines.

Francis Kaposa (left) trains under the guidance of Rongyun Liu (right) at Kamoa-Kakula’s state-of-the-art training centre. As part of the project’s extensive training program, apprentice miners learn to operate automated mining equipment on computerized simulators.

October’s ore production 48% higher than September; pre-production surface ore stockpiles now total approximately one million tonnes

In October, mining crews at the Kakula and Kansoko mines mined and transported to surface approximately 194,000 tonnes of ore grading 4.01% copper. This brings the project’s total pre-production high- and medium-grade ore stockpiles to approximately 1,000,000 tonnes at an estimated grade of 3.47% copper. An additional 622,000 tonnes of low-grade development ore also has been stockpiled on surface.

October’s ore production is approximately 48% higher than the 132,000 tonnes grading 3.31% copper mined in September, and approximately 78% higher than the 109,000 tonnes grading 2.96% copper mined in August. The project is positioned for a significant acceleration in the tonnage, as well as a marked increase in the grade, of ore added to the surface stockpiles as more mining crews soon will begin working in the higher-grade areas of the Kakula and Kansoko mines.

Chart 1: Cumulative tonnes and grade of pre-production ore stockpiles at the Kakula and Kansoko mines from May 2020 to October 2020.

Chart 2: Growth in contained copper in pre-production ore stockpiles at the Kakula and Kansoko mines from May 2020 to October 2020.

The ore being mined from the northern portion of the Kakula Mine is transported to surface via the conveyor system and placed on a blended surface stockpile that now contains approximately 639,000 tonnes grading an estimated 3.71% copper.

Additional, pre-production ore stockpiles are located at the Kakula southern decline (approximately 67,000 tonnes of high-grade ore grading 5.05% copper, and 171,000 tonnes of medium-grade ore grading 2.62% copper) and the Kansoko decline (approximately 120,000 tonnes grading 2.53% copper).

Kakula’s main pre-production stockpiles at the northern declines. The blended stockpiles currently contain approximately 639,000 tonnes grading 3.71% copper.

 

Kakula southern decline ore stockpiles containing approximately 67,000 tonnes of high-grade ore grading 5.05% copper, and 171,000 tonnes of medium-grade ore grading 2.62% copper.

Kansoko decline medium-grade ore stockpile containing approximately 120,000 tonnes grading 2.53% copper.   

Figure 1: The eastern portion of the Kakula Mine ─ representing less than half of the overall 13.3-kilometre-long Kakula Deposit ─ overlain on southern Manhattan Island to provide a sense of the scale of the underground operations.

Figure 2: Underground development completed at Kakula to the end of October (in black), and the location where the northern and southern access drives will be joined in less than 100 metres.Majority of development in November will be in the initial drift-and-fill mining area within the +8% copper zone (in magenta).

Construction of the initial 3.8-Mtpa concentrator plant and other surface infrastructure rapidly progressing; orders for long-lead-time items placed for the second 3.8-Mtpa concentrator plant

Overall progress of Kamoa-Kakula’s first-phase, 3.8 Mtpa mining and milling operation (covering mine infrastructure, concentrator plant and surface infrastructure) now is approximately 58% complete, up from 52% last month.

Construction of the project’s first-phase 3.8 Mtpa concentrator plant is advancing rapidly and now is approximately 28% complete. The concentrator plant is expected to be mechanically complete in Q2 2021, with first copper concentrate production scheduled for July 2021.

View a short, fly-over video filmed on October 31st showing construction progress to date on the initial 3.8-Mtpa concentrator plant: https://vimeo.com/474179724

Civil works for the initial concentrator plant are nearing completion, with approximately 26,000 cubic metres of concrete poured to date. All major construction areas will be handed over to the steel, mechanical, piping and platework (SMPP) contractor imminently.

The final major pieces of equipment − two 80-MVA/220kV electrical transformers − are in transit and expected on site shortly. Construction of the various electrical substations is progressing well.

Structural steel and platework fabrication for the concentrator plant is complete, with the bulk of the material already delivered to site. Piping is progressing according to schedule, with more than 60 kilometres (of a total of 83 kilometres) of piping already delivered. Limited electrical, controls and instrumentation (EC&I) work has started with the installation of cable racking.

Over 2,000 tonnes of steel (of a total of 5,700 tonnes) has been installed. The main focus areas are the conveyor gantries, mill building, reagent storage area, flotation area, and concentrate storage building. Construction has commenced for the plant stores, workshop and water services.

View a short, time-lapse video showing the installation of a girth gear on one of the two ball mills: https://vimeo.com/467851443

Beijing-based CITIC Construction is building Kakula’s first phase, backfill paste plant. The backfill plant will be used to mix tailings from the processing plant with cement to produce paste backfill. The backfill will be pumped back into the mine and used to help support mined-out areas. Approximately one half of the mine’s tailings will be sent back underground, significantly reducing the surface tailings storage. Construction of the backfill plant civil works is well advanced and steel erection has started.

Construction of the tailings dam is progressing well, with the aim to complete most of the earthworks before the rainy season begins later this month. Installation is well advanced for the three tailings lines and the tailings return water line.

The long-lead items for the second 3.8 Mtpa concentrator plant have been ordered and the second phase of the project’s development is officially underway. Requests for tenders for the second-phase earthworks and civil works also have been issued.

Franck Butshumi connecting sections of pipe at Kakula’s tailings pipeline.

The two, 7-megawatt ball mills at Kakula’s initial 3.8 Mtpa processing plant, with the girth gears now installed. A 3D illustration of the finished ball mills (shown in green) is below, with the next two ball mills for the recently-initiated second processing plant shown in magenta.

 

Kakula’s initial 3.8-Mtpa processing plant under construction, showing the flotation cells (in green) and the two ball mills (in yellow). A 3D illustration of the finished plant is below, with the recently-initiated second 3.8-Mtpa processing plant shown in magenta.

Kakula’s high-pressure-grinding-rolls (HPGR) stockpile under construction. A 3D illustration of the finished HPGR stockpile is below, with the recently-initiated second HPGR stockpile shown in magenta.

Kakula’s processing plant tailings thickener (larger one) and concentrate thickener (smaller one) under construction. A 3D illustration of the finished thickeners is below, with the concentrate bagging plant shown in green and recently-initiated second phase shown in magenta.

Kakula’s first phase, backfill paste plant under construction in the foreground, with the initial 3.8 Mtpa concentrator plant in the background. The backfill plant will be used to blend tailings from the processing plant with cement to produce paste backfill to be pumped back into the mine and used to help support mined-out areas. Approximately one half of the mine’s tailings will be sent back underground, significantly reducing the surface tailings storage. A 3D illustration of the finished backfill plant is below.

Discussions underway for the marketing of Kakula’s copper concentrates

Kamoa-Kakula is in detailed discussions with a number of parties with respect to the marketing and smelting of its copper concentrates. Kakula is expected to produce an extremely high grade and clean copper concentrate (containing over 55% copper) that will be highly coveted by copper smelters around the world. Metallurgical test work indicates that the Kakula concentrates contain extremely low arsenic levels by world standards – approximately 0.01%.

Kamoa-Kakula expected to be connected to the national power grid in December, providing clean, renewable 220-kV hydropower

In December 2020, Kamoa-Kakula is expected to tie in the 35-kilometre, 220-kilovolt (kV) power line connecting theWestern Dispatch substation in Kolwezi to Kamoa-Kakula, and supply the project with reliable and clean hydro-generated electricity from the national grid.

The upgrading work at the 72-megawatt Mwadingusha hydropower plant is nearing completion and electricity from all of Mwadingusha’s six turbines is expected to be integrated into the national power grid in the first quarter of 2021. The work is being conducted by engineering firm Stucky, of Lausanne, Switzerland, under the direction of Ivanhoe Mines and Zijin Mining Group, in conjunction with the DRC’s state-owned power company, La Société Nationale d’Electricité (SNEL).

Contract workers putting the finishing touches on a transmission tower for the 220kV powerline that will transmit hydro-generated electricity from theWestern Dispatch substation in Kolwezi to the Kamoa-Kakula Project. Below is a completed section of the powerline with the cables installed.

Kamoa-Kakula’s COVID-19 prevention initiatives focused on risk mitigation

In accordance with health guidelines from the DRC government, and in line with the country’s lifting of restrictions, Kamoa-Kakula’s Congolese workforce has gone back to normal work rotations. Rigorous testing, physical distancing, wearing face masks, frequent hand washing and contact-tracing measures are still in place to protect the safety and health of the workforce and community members. All expatriate employees are still required to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival at Kamoa-Kakula.

The project has established a COVID-19 isolation facility at the Kamoa camp. Potential symptomatic patients are moved to this facility, where they will be isolated, tested and treated. Once patients have recovered and are deemed no longer infectious, they can return to work only after an additional quarantine period determined by the project’s medical staff.

As the pandemic evolves, the medical team at Kamoa-Kakula continues to review and update its risk mitigation protocols. The project’s preventative measures are at the highest international standards and, if there was a case internally, the risk of spreading or cross-contamination is considered to be very low.

The Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project is a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines (39.6%), Zijin Mining Group (39.6%), Crystal River Global Limited (0.8%) and the DRC government (20%).

About Ivanhoe Mines

Ivanhoe Mines is a Canadian mining company focused on advancing its three principal joint-venture projects in Southern Africa: the development of major new, mechanized, underground mines at the Kamoa-Kakula copper discoveries in the DRC and at the Platreef palladium-platinum-nickel-copper-rhodium-gold discovery in South Africa; and the extensive redevelopment and upgrading of the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-germanium-silver mine, also in the DRC. Kamoa-Kakula is expected to begin producing copper in July 2021 and, through phased expansions, is positioned to become one of the world's largest copper producers. Kamoa-Kakula and Kipushi will be powered by clean, renewable hydroelectricity and will be among the world’s lowest greenhouse gas emitters per unit of metal produced. Ivanhoe also is exploring for new copper discoveries on its wholly-owned Western Foreland exploration licences in the DRC, near the Kamoa-Kakula Project.

Qualified Persons

Disclosures of a scientific or technical nature regarding development scenarios at the Kamoa-Kakula Project in this news release have been reviewed and approved by Steve Amos, who is considered, by virtue of his education, experience and professional association, a Qualified Person under the terms of NI 43-101. Mr. Amos is not considered independent under NI 43-101 as he is the Head of the Kamoa Project. Mr. Amos has verified the technical data disclosed in this news release.

Other disclosures of a scientific or technical nature regarding the stockpiles in this news release have been reviewed and approved by George Gilchrist, who is considered, by virtue of his education, experience and professional association, a Qualified Person under the terms of NI 43-101. Mr. Gilchrist is not considered independent under NI 43-101 as he is the Vice President, Resources of Ivanhoe Mines. Mr. Gilchrist has verified the other technical data disclosed in this news release.

The stockpile grade estimates contained in this release are based upon bulk ore sampling from earlier underground headings, and vertical channel sample profiles from recent development. Bulk ore sampling was done on each heading every second blast and three 5-kilogram samples were taken. Since the beginning of October 2020, channel sample profiles are the primary data informing the stockpile grade estimates. These are cut approximately 15 metres apart in 1-metre vertical increments across the full vertical exposure using a handheld grinder, with a 100-to-150-gram sample collected. The samples are pulverized at the project’s onsite laboratory and analyzed using a portable XRF (pXRF) instrument. Kamoa Copper has routinely analyzed its exploration drill core for copper using pXRF, in addition to analysis at a commercial laboratory using four acid digest and ICP-OES. This data has demonstrated that pXRF results can be relied upon for grade control and run-of-mine sampling.

Ivanhoe has prepared an independent, NI 43-101-compliant technical report for the Kamoa-Kakula Project, which is available on the company’s website and under the company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com:

  • Kamoa-Kakula Integrated Development Plan 2020 dated October 13, 2020, prepared by OreWin Pty Ltd., China Nerin Engineering Co., Ltd., DRA Global, Epoch Resources, Golder Associates Africa, KGHM Cuprum R&D Centre Ltd., Outotec Oyj, Paterson and Cooke, Stantec Consulting International LLC, SRK Consulting Inc., and Wood plc.

The technical report includes relevant information regarding the assumptions, parameters and methods of the mineral resource estimates on the Kamoa-Kakula Project cited in this news release, as well as information regarding data verification, exploration procedures and other matters relevant to the scientific and technical disclosure contained in this news release.

Information contacts

Investors: Bill Trenaman +1.604.331.9834 / Media: Matthew Keevil +1.604.558.1034

Forward-looking statements

Certain statements in this release constitute “forward-looking statements” or “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Such statements and information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company, its projects, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information. Such statements can be identified by the use of words such as “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “intend”, “expect”, “believe”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “scheduled”, “forecast”, “predict” and other similar terminology, or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. These statements reflect the company’s current expectations regarding future events, performance and results and speak only as of the date of this release.

Such statements include without limitation, the timing and results of: (i) statements regarding the northern and southern access drives at Kakula are expected to be joined in the next two weeks; (ii) statements regarding as Kakula’s underground development progresses over the next few months, the majority of the working areas are expected to transition into the higher-grade ore zones near the centre of the deposit that have copper grades of approximately up to 8%; (iii) statements regarding initial production at the Kakula Mine is scheduled for July 2021; (iv) statements regarding Kakula’s initial 3.8 Mtpa concentrator is expected to be mechanically complete in Q2 2021; (v) statements regarding the Kakula Mine will have one of the most favourable environmental footprints of any tier-one copper mine; (vi) statements regarding the Kakula Mine will be powered by clean, renewable hydroelectricity; (vii) statements regarding approximately one half of the mine’s tailings will be pumped back into underground workings; (viii) statements regarding that once drift-and-fill mining operations begin at Kakula, mining will produce a significantly higher proportion of high-grade ore than lower-grade development ore; (ix) statements regarding the Kakula Mine will be producing extremely high-grade concentrate containing over 55% copper with extremely low levels of arsenic; (x) statements regarding the Kakula Mine is scheduled to be energized with 220kV hydro-generated power in early 2021; (xi) statements regarding the timing when the Kakula concentrator processing capacity doubles to 7.6 Mtpa − currently planned to be commissioned in Q2 2022; (xii) statements regarding the Kamoa-Kakula project is positioned for a significant acceleration in the tonnage, as well as a marked increase in the grade, of ore added to the project’s surface stockpiles; (xiii) statements regarding Kakula is projected to be the world’s highest-grade major copper mine, with an initial mining rate of 3.8 Mtpa at an estimated average feed grade of more than 6.0% copper over the first five years of operation; (xiv) statements regarding Kamoa-Kakula’s phases 1 and 2 combined are forecast to produce approximately 400,000 tonnes of copper per year; (xv) statements regarding based on independent benchmarking, the phased expansion scenario to 19 Mtpa would position Kamoa-Kakula as the world’s second largest copper mining complex, with peak annual copper production of more than 800,000 tonnes; and (xvi) statements regarding Kamoa-Kakula will be among the world's lowest greenhouse gas emitters per unit of copper produced.

As well, all of the results of the pre-feasibility study for the Kakula copper mine and the updated and expanded Kamoa-Kakula Project preliminary economic assessment constitute forward-looking statements or information, and include future estimates of internal rates of return, net present value, future production, estimates of cash cost, proposed mining plans and methods, mine life estimates, cash flow forecasts, metal recoveries, estimates of capital and operating costs and the size and timing of phased development of the projects. Furthermore, with respect to this specific forward-looking information concerning the development of the Kamoa-Kakula Project, the company has based its assumptions and analysis on certain factors that are inherently uncertain. Uncertainties include: (i) the adequacy of infrastructure; (ii) geological characteristics; (iii) metallurgical characteristics of the mineralization; (iv) the ability to develop adequate processing capacity; (v) the price of copper; (vi) the availability of equipment and facilities necessary to complete development; (vii) the cost of consumables and mining and processing equipment; (viii) unforeseen technological and engineering problems; (ix) accidents or acts of sabotage or terrorism; (x) currency fluctuations; (xi) changes in regulations; (xii) the compliance by joint venture partners with terms of agreements; (xiii) the availability and productivity of skilled labour; (xiv) the regulation of the mining industry by various governmental agencies; (xv) the ability to raise sufficient capital to develop such projects; (xiv) changes in project scope or design; and (xv) political factors.

Forward-looking statements and information involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indicators of whether or not such results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements or information, including, but not limited to, the factors discussed below and under “Risk Factors”, and elsewhere in this release, as well as unexpected changes in laws, rules or regulations, or their enforcement by applicable authorities; the failure of parties to contracts with the company to perform as agreed; social or labour unrest; changes in commodity prices; and the failure of exploration programs or studies to deliver anticipated results or results that would justify and support continued exploration, studies, development or operations.

Although the forward-looking statements contained in this release are based upon what management of the company believes are reasonable assumptions, the company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Subject to applicable securities laws, the company does not assume any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.

The company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of the factors set forth below in the “Risk Factors” section in the company’s Q2 2020 MD&A and its current annual information form.

刚果民主共和国科卢韦齐艾芬豪矿业(TSX: IVN; OTCQX:IVPAF) 联席董事长罗伯特·弗里兰德(Robert Friedland) 与孙玉峰(Miles Sun) 今天宣布,其位于刚果民主共和国 (以下简称刚果”) 的卡莫阿-卡库拉 (Kamoa-Kakula) 铜矿项目的地下开发持续快速推进,10月份共掘进2,172米,再次创下项目的月度记录新高,迄今为止已经完成了24.7公里以上的地下开拓工程,超过既定目标约7.9公里。

弗里兰德先生和孙先生表示,采掘班组于10月份在卡库拉 (Kakula) 和卡索科 (Kansoko) 矿山共采掘了194,000吨矿石,相比9月份高出48%。项目的投产前地表堆场,目前已储备了约100万吨高品位和中品位矿石,铜品位约3.47%

迄今为止,在卡库拉和卡索科矿山已完成了大量投产前的开拓工程,使项目于本月开始大大提升地表堆场的矿石量,且矿石的品位将会显著增加。

10月份的月度地下开拓工程共掘进2,172米,其中包含在卡库拉矿山掘进的1,809米和在卡索科矿山掘进的363米。卡索科矿山位于卡莫阿 (Kamoa) 矿区范围内,距离卡库拉矿山以北约10公里处。

在卡库拉矿山,从南面斜坡道推进的两条主要运输通道,以及从北面斜坡道推进的螺旋运输通道,最近已开拓到矿床中心附近的高品位矿区,铜品位约为+8% (见图12)

卡库拉南北两面斜坡道的两条主要运输通道之间还有100米将会贯通并到达高品位矿床的中心,贯通后将显著改善矿体中心的通风情况,使更多采掘班组可在卡库拉的高品位矿段开始高产能的采矿作业。

卡莫阿铜业首席执行官马克·法伦 (Mark Farren) 说﹕我们对于当前的开拓工程进度感到十分骄傲并备受鼓舞。 我们将按计划采掘足够的高品位储量,为第一和第二座选矿厂供给高品位的铜矿石。

法伦先生补充说﹕卡库拉南北主要运输通道的连接即将完成,将会是矿山开发的下一个重要里程碑。一旦连接完成,将会在高品位矿床中心的分层充填采矿区进行采掘和壁架建设,该矿段的平均铜品位预计达8%以上。

卡库拉的地下采掘班组除了正在推进主要通道的连接,同时还专注于矿床中心高品位分层充填采矿区的开发准备工作。为了能在这些高品位的分层充填矿段展开采矿作业,需要在低、中和高品位矿段都进行开发工作,这一设计也是为了配合计划于明年开始运行的选矿厂。这将使采掘班组可从卡库拉地下直接运送大量的高品位矿石到选矿厂。

卡库拉第二个地下矿仓 (西部矿仓) 目前正在进行调试。卡库拉2号通风井的安装进展也十分顺利,三台高功率地表风机的第一台已由承包商完成安装。

关于在卡库拉2号通风井安装通风管道的简短快放视频,可通过此链接进行观看:https://vimeo.com/473146788

位于卡库拉主要北面斜坡道附近的大型地表回收卸料系统的石笼挡土墙已建造完成,并已开始准备在挡土墙顶部进行所需的土木工程。大型回收卸料系统将从卡库拉地表矿堆 (于第二序列作业开始后也从卡索科矿山) 运送矿石供给选矿厂。

目前,卡索科矿山的地下开拓工程正在低-中品位的矿段进行,铜品位约3%。矿山开发工程于10月份首次接触到粉砂岩,标志着已开拓到卡索科更高铜品位的矿区。粉砂岩对于卡莫阿-卡库拉的铜矿化形成有着重大的影响。

卡索科由训练有素的采矿队伍进行开发,开采的矿石将会补足项目在进行第二序列开发时,卡库拉选矿厂扩大至760万吨/年的产能需求,预计于2022年第二季度实现投产。

卡库拉矿山计划于20217月实现首批铜生产,预期将会成为全球品位最高的大型铜矿,初始年处理矿量为380万吨,预计投产后前5年的平均给矿铜品位达6.0%以上。第一和第二序列总共每年将会生产约40万吨的铜金属。根据独立的研究机构排名,一旦项目扩产至1,900万吨/年,卡莫阿-卡库拉将成为全世界第二大铜矿山,年度最高铜产量将超过80万吨。

加拿大密西沙加的Hatch Ltd.最近对于卡莫阿-卡库拉的温室气体强度指标进行了独立审核,确定项目将会成为全球每单位铜的温室气体排放量最低的矿山之一。

在卡库拉主要北面斜坡道附近建造大型回收卸料系统的石笼挡土墙。

Rongyun Liu () 在卡莫阿-卡库拉先进的培训中心向Francis Kaposa () 提供指导。作为项目广泛培训计划的一部分,矿工学徒将利用电脑模拟器学习操作自动采矿设备。

10月份开采的矿石量较9月份高出48%投产前的地表矿堆目前已储备矿石量约100万吨

采掘班组于10月份已在卡库拉和卡索科矿山开采及运送约194,000吨矿石到地表矿堆,项目的投产前高品位和中品位矿堆已储备矿石量约100万吨,铜品位约3.47%。另外,622,000吨较低品位的矿石也运送到地表的矿堆。

10月份开采的矿石量较9月份 (132,000吨,铜品位3.31%) 高出约48%,较8月份 (109,000吨,铜品位2.96%) 则高出约78%。随着更多采掘班组在卡库拉和卡索科矿山的高品位矿段开始作业,项目将大大提升地表堆场的矿石量,且矿石品位将会显著增加。

图表120205月至202010月期间卡库拉和卡索科矿山的投产前矿堆累计储备的矿石量和品位。

图表220205月至202010月期间卡库拉和卡索科矿山的投产前矿堆含铜量增长。

在卡库拉矿山北部开采的矿石经由输送系统,运送到地表的混合矿堆。混合矿堆目前已储备矿石量约639,000吨,铜品位约3.71%

此外,项目还有两个额外的投产前矿堆,分别位于卡库拉南面斜坡道(67,000 吨高品位矿石,铜品位5.05%以及171,000吨中品位矿石,铜品位2.62%) 和卡索科斜坡道(120,000吨矿石,铜品位2.53%)

卡库拉北面斜坡道的主要投产前矿堆。混合矿堆目前已储备矿石量约639,000吨,铜品位3.71%

卡库拉南面斜坡道的矿石堆场目前已储备约67,000吨高品位矿石,铜品位5.05%以及171,000吨中品位矿石,铜品位2.62%

卡索科斜坡道的中品位矿石堆场目前已储备约120,000吨矿石,铜品位2.53%

1:卡库拉矿山东部矿体的走向长度约占卡库拉矿床总长度13.3公里的一半,其地下作业的规模之大,相当于可以覆盖曼哈顿岛南部区域。

2:截至10月底在卡库拉已完成的地下开拓工程 (黑色)。北部和南部通道之间还有不到100米将会贯通。大部分开拓工程将于11月,在铜品位8%以上矿区内的首个分层充填采矿区 (紫色) 进行。

年处理矿量380万吨初始选矿厂和其他地表基础设施的施工快速推进,目前已为第二座年处理矿量380万吨/年选矿厂的长周期设备下订单

卡莫阿-卡库拉第一序列的年处理矿量380万吨开采选矿作业 (包括矿山基础设施、选矿厂和地表基础设施) 整体施工进度理想,目前已完成约58%,上月则完成了52%

项目第一序列的380万吨/年选矿厂的施工正在快速推进,目前已完成约28%。选矿厂预计于2021年第二季度完工,并计划于20217月实现首批铜精矿生产。

年处理矿量380万吨/年初始选矿厂至今为止的施工进度的简短航拍视频,可通过此链接进行观看(视频拍摄于1031)﹕https://vimeo.com/474179724

初始选矿厂的土木工程已接近完成,至今已灌入约26,000立方米的混凝土。所有主要厂房区域即将移交给SMPP (结构、机械、管道和钣金) 承包商继续施工。

项目最后的主要设备两台80兆伏安/220千伏的变压器目前正在运送途中,预计很快将抵达矿场。多个变电站的施工进度理想。

选矿厂钢结构和板金的制造已完成,大部分设备已运达现场。管道的铸造正按计划进行中,其中60多公里长的管道 (总长83公里) 已运抵现场。 EC&I (电气、控制和仪表) 工作已经开始,并已安装电缆架。

目前,超过2,000 (总共5,700) 的钢结构已完成安装。目前正全力进行输送架、选矿厂房、试剂仓库、浮选厂和精矿仓库的钢架安装,并已开始厂房仓库、工场和供水装置的施工。

关于两台球磨机其中之一台安装齿轮的简短快放视频通过此链接进行观看:https://vimeo.com/467851443

北京的中信建设正在兴建卡库拉第一序列的回填厂。回填厂将选矿厂的尾矿与水泥混合制造回填浆。回填浆将会泵回矿山用作填充采空区。矿山约一半的尾矿将被泵送回地下,大大减少地表的尾矿量。回填厂的土木工程进展顺利,并已开始安装钢架。

尾矿坝的施工进度理想,目标是要在本月末雨季开始前完成大部分的土方工程。三条尾矿管道和尾矿回水管的安装也正在顺利进行。

目前已为第二座380万吨/年选矿厂的长周期设备下订单,正式开始第二序列的开发工作,并已为第二序列的土方工程和土木工程进行招标。

Franck Butshumi正在连接卡库拉尾矿输送管线的各段管道。

 

卡库拉380万吨/年初始选矿厂的两座7兆瓦球磨机目前已完成齿轮的安装。下图为已完成安装的球磨机的三维示意图 (以绿色显示),规划中用于第二座选矿厂的另外两座球磨机则以紫色显示。

 

施工中的卡库拉380万吨/年初始选矿厂,图中显示浮选机 (绿色) 和两座球磨机 (黄色)。下图为已建成厂房的三维示意图,规划中的第二座380万吨/年选矿厂则以紫色显示。

施工中的卡库拉高压辊磨机矿仓。下图为已完工的高压辊磨机矿仓的三维示意图,规划中的第二个高压辊磨机矿仓则以紫色显示。

施工中的卡库拉选矿厂尾矿浓密机 () 和精矿浓密机 ()。下图为已完工的浓密机的三维示意图,精矿的装袋厂房以绿色显示,规划中的第二序列则以紫色显示。

施工中的卡库拉第一序列回填厂,图中背景为年处理矿量380万吨的初始选矿厂。回填厂将选矿厂的尾矿与水泥混合制造回填浆。回填浆将会泵回矿山用作填充采空区。矿山约一半的尾矿将被泵送回地下,大大减少地表的尾矿量。下图为已完工的回填厂的三维示意图。

关于卡库拉铜精矿销售方案的讨论正在进行中

目前,卡莫阿-卡库拉正与多方就铜精矿的销售和冶炼方案进行详细讨论。卡库拉将会生产极高品位的清洁铜精矿 (含铜量达55%以上),将会是世界各地铜冶炼厂渴求的高质量产品。冶金测试结果显示,相较全球标准,卡库拉精矿的含砷量极低,约为0.01%

卡莫阿-卡库拉预计于12月与国家电网的电力线相连接,为项目提供清洁、可再生的220千伏水电能源

卡莫阿-卡库拉预计将于2020年12月,与西部调度(Western Dispatch) 变电站通过一条35公里长的220千伏电力线相连通,从国家电网为项目提供可靠和清洁的水电能源。

Mwadingusha 72兆瓦水电厂的改善工程即将完成,Mwadingusha全部6台涡轮机预计于2021年第一季度将会向国家电网提供电力供给。工程由瑞士雷恩斯的Stucky工程公司在艾芬豪矿业及紫金矿业集团的指导下,与刚果国有电力公司 La Société Nationale d’Electricité (以下简称 “SNEL”) 合作施工。

合同工在220千伏电力线的输电塔完成最后的细节工作,位于科卢韦齐的西部调度变电站将经这条电力线向卡莫阿-卡库拉项目输送水电能源。下图为已安装电缆的电力线完整部分。

卡莫阿-卡库拉项目的COVID-19防疫措施侧重于降低风险

根据刚果政府的卫生指引,并配合该国解除的限制,卡莫阿-卡库拉矿山的刚果员工已经恢复正常的换班安排。矿山继续实施防疫措施如严格测试、保持距离、配戴口罩、经常洗手和接触者追踪调查等,以保护员工和社区成员的安全和健康。所有外籍员工抵达卡莫阿-卡库拉后仍需进行两个星期的检疫隔离。

目前已在卡莫阿项目营地设有COVID-19隔离设施。任何疑似或出现病症的人员都将会安排到该设施,进行隔离、检测和治疗。患者康复且不再具传染性后,必须在项目医务人员规定的额外隔离观察期结束后,才可返回工作岗位。

随着疫情的变化,卡莫阿-卡库拉的医疗队伍将继续不断审核和更新其疫情防控方案。项目的防疫措施符合国际最高标准,内部出现感染病例,传播或交叉感染的风险也非常低。

卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿项目是艾芬豪矿业 (占股39.6%)、紫金矿业集团 (占股39.6%)、晶河全球 (占股0.8%) 及刚果政府 (占股20%) 的合资项目。

 

关于艾芬豪矿业

艾芬豪矿业是一家加拿大的矿业公司,目前正推进旗下位于南部非洲的三大合资企业项目﹕位于刚果的卡莫阿-卡库拉(Kamoa-Kakula)铜矿和位于南非的普拉特瑞夫(Platreef)-----金矿的大型机械化地下矿山开发工程,以及同样位于刚果、久负盛名的基普什(Kipushi) ---银矿的大型重建和改善工程。卡莫阿-卡库拉预计将于20217月实现铜生产,并分阶段进行扩建,预计将会成为全球最大规模的铜生产商之一。卡莫阿-卡库拉和基普什将使用清洁、可再生的水电,并将成为全球每单位金属温室气体排放量最低的矿山之一。同时,艾芬豪正在刚果境内其全资拥有、毗邻卡莫阿-卡库拉项目的西部前沿 (Western Foreland) 勘探许可区内寻找新的铜矿资源。

合资格人士

本新闻稿中关于卡莫阿-卡库拉项目的科学或技术性披露已经由史蒂夫·阿莫斯 (Steve Amos) 审查和批准,他凭借其教育、经验和专业协会会籍被认为是NI 43-101 标准下的合资格人士。由于阿莫斯先生是卡莫阿项目的负责人,因此他并不符合NI 43-101 对独立人士的界定。阿莫斯先生已核实本新闻稿所披露的技术数据。

本新闻稿中的其它科学或技术性披露已经由乔治·吉尔克里斯特 (George Gilchrist) 审查和批准,他凭借其教育、经验和专业协会会籍被认为是NI 43-101 条款下的合资格人士。由于吉尔克里斯特先生是艾芬豪矿业资源部副总裁,因此他并不符合NI 43-101 对独立人士的界定。吉尔克里斯特先生已核实本新闻稿所披露的其它技术数据。

本新闻稿所载的矿堆品位估算值是基于早前从地下巷道的大块矿石取样以及从最近开发的垂直剖面刻槽取样。每个巷道进行第二次爆破时取样,并收集3个5公斤重的样品。从2020年10月起使用刻槽取样的样品作为矿堆品位估算的主要数据,大约每15米在整个垂直剖面上使用手持式研磨机按1米垂直增量进行采样,收集100-150克重的样品。样品在项目现场实验室粉碎后,使用便携式XRF (pXRF) 仪器进行分析。除了在商业实验室利用4种酸分解液和ICP-OES进行分析之外,卡莫阿铜业也经常使用pXRF分析其钻孔岩芯中的铜含量。该数据表明,pXRF结果可用于品位控制和采矿井取样。

艾芬豪已经为卡莫阿-卡库拉项目编制了一份符合NI 43-101 标准的独立技术报告,该报告可在艾芬豪网站以及SEDAR 网站上的艾芬豪页面获得,网址为www.sedar.com

  • 2020年10月13日发布的2020年卡莫阿-卡库拉综合开发方案,由OreWin Pty Ltd.、中国瑞林工程技术有限公司、DRA Global、Epoch Resources、Golder Associates Africa、KGHM Cuprum R&D Centre Ltd. 、Outotec Oyj、Paterson and Cooke、Stantec Consulting International LLC、SRK Consulting Inc.以及Wood plc编制。

技术报告包括本新闻稿中引用的卡莫阿-卡库拉项目的矿产资源估算的假设、参数和方法等信息,以及本新闻稿中关于科学和技术性披露的数据验证、勘探程序和其他事项的信息。

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本新闻稿载有的某些陈述可能构成适用于证券法所定义的“前瞻性陈述”或“前瞻性信息”。该等陈述及信息涉及已知和未知的风险、不明朗因素和其他因素,可能导致本公司的实际业绩、表现或成就、其项目或行业的业绩,与前瞻性陈述或信息所表达或暗示的任何未来业绩、表现或成就产生重大差异。该等陈述可通过文中使用“可能”、“将会”、“会”、“将要”、“打算”、“预期”、“相信”、“计划”、“预计”、“估计”、 “安排”、“预测”、“预言”及其他类似用语,或者声明“可能”、“会”、“将会”、“可能会”或“将要”采取、发生或实现某些行动、事件或结果进行识别。这些陈述仅反映本公司于本新闻稿发布当日对于未来事件、表现和业绩的当前预期。

该等陈述包括但不限于下列事项的时间点和结果﹕(i) 关于卡库拉南北两条运输通道预计于未来两周内连接完成的陈述;(ii) 关于在接下来几个月,卡库拉将继续推进地下开发,预计大多数巷道将会到达矿床中心附近的较高品位矿段,铜品位达8%的陈述;(iii) 关于卡库拉矿山计划于2021年7月实现首产的陈述;(iv) 关于卡库拉380万吨/年选矿厂预计于2021年第二季度完工的陈述;(v) 关于卡库拉相比任何顶级铜矿,将会是最有利于环境足迹的矿山之一的陈述;(vi) 关于卡库拉矿山将会使用清洁、可再生水电的陈述;(vii) 关于矿山约一半的尾矿将被泵送回地下的陈述;(viii) 关于分层充填采矿作业展开后,卡库拉矿山采掘的高品位矿石比例将会远高于较低品位矿石的陈述;(ix) 关于卡库拉矿山将会生产出极高品位的精矿,铜品位达55 %以上且砷含量极低的陈述;(x) 关于卡库拉矿山计划于2021年初达到220千伏水力发电能力的陈述;(xi) 关于卡库拉选矿厂扩大至760万吨/年的入选矿量,现时计划于2022年第二季度实现投产的陈述(xii) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉项目将大大提升地表堆场的矿石量,且矿石品位将会显着增加的陈述; (xiii) 关于卡库拉预期将会成为全球品位最高的大型铜矿,初始年处理矿量为380万吨,估计投产后前5年的平均给矿铜品位达6.0%以上的陈述;(xiv ) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉第一和第二序列总共每年将会生产约40万吨铜金属的陈述;(xv) 关于独立基准测试表示,一旦项目扩产至1,900万吨/年,卡莫阿-卡库拉将成为全世界第二大铜矿山,年度最高铜产量将超过80万吨的陈述;以及(xvi) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉将成为全球每单位铜温室气体排放量最低的矿山之一的陈述。

此外,卡库拉铜矿预可行性研究的所有结果以及更新和扩展的卡莫阿-卡库拉项目初步经济评估,构成了前瞻性陈述或信息,并包括内部收益率的未来估算、净现值,未来产量、现金成本估算、建议采矿方案和方法、矿山寿命估计、现金流预测、金属回收率、资本和运营成本估算,以及项目分期开发的规模和时间点。另外,对于与卡莫阿-卡库拉项目开发有关的特定前瞻性信息,公司是基于某些不确定因素而作出假设和分析。不确定因素包括:(i) 基础设施的充足性;(ii) 地质特征;(iii) 矿化的冶金特征;(iv) 发展充足选矿产能的能力;(v) 铜价格;(vi) 完成开发所需的设备和设施的可用性;(vii) 消耗品和采矿及选矿设备的费用;(viii) 不可预见的技术和工程问题;(ix) 事故或破坏或恐怖主义行为;(x) 货币波动; (xi) 法例修订;(xii) 合资伙伴对协议条款的遵守情况;(xiii) 熟练劳工的人手和生产率;(xiv) 各政府机构对矿业的监管;(xv) 筹集足够资金以发展该等项目的能力;(xiv) 项目范围或设计更变;以及 (xv) 政治因素。

前瞻性陈述及信息涉及重大风险和不确定性,故不应被视为对未来表现或业绩的保证,并且不能准确地指示能否达到该等业绩。许多因素可能导致实际业绩与前瞻性陈述或信息所讨论的业绩有重大差异,包括但不限于“风险因素”以及本新闻稿其他部分所指的因素,以及有关部门实施的法律、法规或规章或其不可预见的变化;与本公司签订合约的各方没有根据协议履行合约;社会或劳资纠纷;商品价格的变动;以及勘探计划或研究未能达到预期结果或未能产生足以证明和支持继续勘探、研究、开发或运营的结果。

虽然本新闻稿载有的前瞻性陈述是基于本公司管理层认为合理的假设而作出,但本公司不能向投资者保证实际业绩会与前瞻性陈述的预期一致。这些前瞻性陈述仅是截至本新闻稿发布当日作出,而且受本警戒性声明明确限制。根据相应的证券法,本公司并无义务更新或修改任何前瞻性陈述以反映本新闻稿发布当日后所发生的事件或情况。

由于公司在2020年第二季度管理层讨论和分析和当前年度报告中“风险因素”部分所列的因素,公司的实际业绩可能与这些前瞻性陈述中预期的业绩有重大差异。

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