BEIJING, CHINA – Robert Friedland and Yufeng “Miles” Sun, Co-Chairmen of Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN; OTCQX: IVPAF), announced today that the company has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with China Nonferrous Metal Mining (Group) Co., Ltd. (CNMC), one of China’s leading mining companies, to jointly examine exploration, development and acquisition of mineral projects, as well as production, smelting and logistics opportunities, on the African continent.

CNMC, headquartered in Beijing China, is a world leader in the development of nonferrous metal projects; with exploration, construction and engineering, mining, smelting and logistical operations spanning more than 80 countries and covering more than 40 nonferrous metals, including copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, silver, tantalum, niobium, beryllium, zinc and lead.

More than 20 years ago, China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction Corp., the predecessor of CNMC,made the first international acquisition by a Chinese mining company with the purchase of the Chambishi Copper Mine in Zambia; an investment that was facilitated by Mr. Friedland. CNMC’s continued development of the project led to the commencement of operations at the Chambishi Copper Smelter in 2009. Copper production from the Chambishi South East Ore Body began in 2018.

Among CNMC’s diverse portfolio of projects is the Lualaba copper smelter near the city of Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which began commercial operations earlier this year. Lualaba is the first modern, large, pyro-metallurgical copper smelter built in DRC, and is approximately 45 kilometres from Ivanhoe Mines’ Kamoa-Kakula copper joint venture. A new, dedicated highway directly connects Kamoa-Kakula and Kolwezi.

CNMC also recently began operations at the Deziwa Copper-Cobalt Mine, a joint-venture with Gécamines ? the DRC’s state mining company. Deziwa is approximately 35 kilometres east of Kolwezi.

“Our long-standing relationship with CNMC goes back decades to when Wu Jianchang was the general manager of China National Nonferrous Metals Industry Corporation ? a pioneer industrial group specializing in the mining and metallurgy sector. Our good friends at CNMC are aware of the enormous challenges of discovering and building a new world-scale copper, nickel, zinc, or platinum-group metals mine. They also appreciate that ‘grade is king’ and that the DRC, and indeed all of Africa, has by far and away this planet’s best potential for major, new, high-grade mineral discoveries,” said Mr. Friedland.

“Our friends at CNMC also share our conviction that an environmentally-responsible and secure supply of critical metals for clean-air and clean-water technologies – such as copper, nickel, platinum-group metals, cobalt and vanadium – is one of the most important hurdles for humanity to overcome as we collectively embrace a sustainable, low-carbon-energy revolution.”

“The time to act to address the looming shortfall in key, ‘green’ metals, is now. The strategic partnership with CNMC will provide significant opportunities for collaboration on mineral exploration, mine planning, development and acquisition of mineral projects, logistics and smelting – beginning with examining the synergies between the operations currently owned by our two companies,” Mr. Friedland added.

Mr. Sun added, “In CNMC, we chose a partner who is not only truly complementary to Ivanhoe’s existing operations, but also shares our long-standing view that Africa hosts the world’s richest, long-life deposits of the critical metals that underpin clean-energy technology.

CNMC’s Chairman Wang Tongzhou said: “CNMC is striving to become a world-class mining company, and Ivanhoe – one of the world's best and fastest-growing mining companies – is an excellent role model for us to learn from. I strongly believe that cooperation is the best way to achieving the goals of both companies.”

“This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has engulfed the world and greatly impacted mining companies. In these challenging times, the need to work together is more pressing than ever. Building on the opportunities created by this agreement and championing the mutually beneficial alliance, I believe that the core projects of each of our companies will soon be realized. I also believe that this agreement will create new opportunities for cooperation, so that more projects can be successfully implemented in the future,” Mr. Wang added.

Marna Cloete, President of Ivanhoe Mines, commented; “The team at Kamoa-Kakula has done a stellar job of keeping the development of the Kakula Copper Mine ahead of schedule, and we are confident in the team’s ability to successfully complete the remaining phases of construction and commissioning, and bring Kakula into production less than a year from now. It is a great time to be partnering with CNMC; an internationally-respected miner that has an established track record of notable achievements in Africa and is familiar with our various stakeholders from Africa and China. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with CNMC that allows both companies to create value for all of our respective stakeholders.”

Zhang Jinjun, CNMC’s Vice President (centre left), and Peter Zhou, Executive Vice President and Chief Representative China of Ivanhoe Mines (centre right), exchange a gift after signing the strategic partnership agreement.

Other attendees include (from left to right) Gao Shunqing, Chairman of CNIT (CNMC International Trade Ltd.); Qin Junman, Vice Chairman of NFC (China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd.); Zhu Jinghe, CNMC’s Deputy Director of Investment and Mineral Exploration; Shawn Wang, Head of Investment & Business Development of Ivanhoe Mines China; Cathy Liu, Head of Operations of Ivanhoe Mines China; and Bruce Li, Project Coordinator of Ivanhoe Mines China.

About CNMC

CNMC is a large, Chinese state-owned enterprise. It was established in 1983 and is headquartered in Beijing. In 2012, its core assets in Africa were listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE:1258). Currently CNMC owns and operates the following assets:

  1. Chambishi Copper Mine, Zambia
  2. Luanshya Copper Mine, Zambia
  3. Chambishi Copper Smelter, Zambia
  4. Chambishi Leach Plant, Zambia
  5. Deziwa Copper & Cobalt Mine, Democratic Republic of Congo
  6. Lualaba Copper Smelter, Democratic Republic of Congo
  7. Kambove Copper & Cobalt Mine, Democratic Republic of Congo
  8. Panda, Huachin & Mabende Leach Plant, Democratic Republic of Congo

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 Democratic Republic of Congo (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 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.

Information contacts

Investors Bill Trenaman +1.604.331.9834
Media Matthew Keevil +1.604. 558.1034

中國北京 — 艾芬豪礦業 (TSX: IVN; OTCQX:IVPAF) 聯席董事長羅伯特·弗里蘭德 (Robert Friedland) 與孫玉峰 (Miles Sun) 今天宣布,公司與中國領先礦業公司中國有色礦業集團有限公司 (以下簡稱“中國有色集團”) 簽署戰略合作協議,將共同探討在非洲大陸勘探、開發和收購礦產項目,以及生產、冶煉和物流等領域的合作機會。

中國有色集團的總部位于中國北京,是有色金屬項目開發的全球領軍者,從事的勘探、建筑工程、采礦、冶煉和物流等業務遍布80多個國家,涉及40多個有色金屬品種,包括銅、鎳、鈷、黃金、白銀、鉭、鈮、鈹、鋅和鉛金屬。

早于20多年前,中色建設集團有限公司(CNMC的前身)作為首家進行國際收購的中國礦業公司,在弗里蘭德先生的協助下,成功收購了位于贊比亞的謙比希 (Chambishi) 銅礦。經過中國有色集團多年的持續開發,謙比希銅冶煉廠于2009年開始運營。 2018年,謙比希銅礦東南礦體項目開始實現銅生產。

中國有色集團擁有多個項目資產,其中包括位于剛果民主共和國 (以下簡稱“剛果”) 鄰近科盧韋齊市的盧阿拉巴銅冶煉廠,于今年年初開始商業運營。盧阿拉巴銅冶煉廠是剛果首座大型的現代化火法冶煉廠,距離艾芬豪礦業的卡莫阿-卡庫拉銅礦(Kamoa-Kakula) 合資項目約45公里,目前一條新的高速專線公路直接連接卡莫阿-卡庫拉與科盧韋齊。

另外,中國有色集團的迪茲瓦 (Deziwa) 銅鈷礦最近開始運營。該礦是中國有色集團和剛果國有礦業公司(Gécamines)的合資企業,距離科盧韋齊以東約35公里。

弗里蘭德先生說﹕“艾芬豪與中國有色集團的長期合作關系可追溯到幾十年前,當時吳建常先生是中國有色金屬工業總公司總經理,中國有色金屬工業總公司是中國最早的冶金和礦業集團公司。中國有色集團的同仁了解勘探和建設新的世界級銅、鎳、鋅或鉑族金屬礦山的種種挑戰。他們也贊同'資源稟賦,品位為王'的理念,且認同剛果以至整個非洲是迄今全球范圍內最具潛力發現新的大型富礦的區域?!?

中國有色集團的同仁與我們的信念一致。隨著人類共同擁抱可持續的低碳能源發展路徑,目前最重要的任務之一就是為清潔空氣和清潔水源相關技術領域所需的關鍵金屬原料提供環保且可靠的供應 (如銅、鎳、鉑族金屬、鈷和釩)?!?/strong>

弗里蘭德先生補充說﹕“現在正是采取行動解決重要‘環?!饘俣倘眴栴}的最佳時機。這次與中國有色集團的戰略性合作,為我們提供多個領域的重大合作機會,包括礦產勘探、采礦規劃、開發和收購礦產項目、物流和冶煉等。目前,我們的首要任務是深入挖掘兩家公司當前業務之間的協同效應?!?/strong>

孫玉峰先生補充說﹕“我們與中國有色集團的合作,不單能夠真正助力艾芬豪現有業務的發展,兩家企業更有著共同的長期愿景,雙方一致認為非洲大陸蘊藏著全球最富有和長周期服役年限的關鍵金屬礦山,這些礦產將會支持清潔能源技術的發展?!?/strong>

王彤宙董事長表示:“艾芬豪礦業是世界知名礦業企業,中國有色集團作為中國有色行業“走出去”排頭兵企業,強強聯合,與巨人同行,合作是最好的學習和對標?!?/strong>

王董事長補充道:“年初以來,新冠疫情影響波及全球礦業企業,我們希望能同艾芬豪礦業加強協同和合作,共同應對新冠疫情帶來的沖擊。此次雙方在這樣的特殊時刻簽署集團層面的戰略合作協議,體現了雙方對于互補合作、共同發展的珍視,希望雙方以此次簽約為契機,本著互利共贏的原則,推動核心項目盡快簽約實施,同時,研討和創新合作模式,促成更多項目實質落地,共同打造礦業領域的合作典范,也體現了中國有色集團打造世界一流礦業企業的決心和信心!”

中國有色集團副總經理張晉軍(左一),艾芬豪礦業執行副總裁兼中國業務負責人周超(右一),在簽署戰略合作協議后交換紀念品。
其他參會人員(從左至右):中色國際貿易有限公司董事長高順清、中國有色金屬建設股份有限公司黨委書記秦軍滿、中國有色集團投資礦勘部主任朱景和、艾芬豪礦業中國投資和業務開發部總經理王松、艾芬豪礦業中國運營總監劉可欣、艾芬豪礦業中國項目協調專員李艷保。

艾芬豪礦業總裁瑪娜·克洛特 (Marna Cloete) 表示﹕“卡莫阿-卡庫拉團隊表現出色,使卡庫拉銅礦的開發持續超計劃預期推進。我們有信心,團隊能夠成功完成余下階段的建設和調試,使卡庫拉在未來一年內實現投產?,F在正是與中國有色集團合作的良好時機。中國有色集團是享譽國際的礦業公司,在非洲的業務有著卓越的成就,更為我們在非洲和中國各個利益相關者所熟知。我們期待與中國有色集團建立長期的良好關系,使兩家公司都能為雙方的利益相關者創造價值?!?/strong>

艾芬豪礦業執行副總裁、中國區業務負責人周超 (Peter Zhou) 表示:“艾芬豪礦業是一家在加拿大上市,最具有中國特色的混合所有制礦企。在過去的5年里,我們持續推進‘滿足中國所需、為中國市場打造’的經營理念,不斷吸引包括紫金礦業、中信金屬以及中國有色集團等最優質的的中國要素共同開發非洲大陸的礦業資產。通過這幾年的努力,我們欣喜地看到,基于中非特殊的友誼,中國要素在非洲大陸生根發芽,蓬勃發展,不僅實現了我們預期的商業價值,更為‘一帶一路’在非洲的落地做出了實質性的貢獻。我們期待著本次與中國有色集團的戰略合作協議給雙方在非洲的產業升級、可持續發展帶來新的動力。相信艾芬豪礦業與中國有色集團能夠不忘‘互利共贏’之初心,牢記‘為中非命運共同體做貢獻’之使命?!?/strong>

關于中國有色集團
中國有色集團是一家大型的中國國有企業,于1983年成立,總部設于北京。2012年中國有色集團旗下非洲核心業務在香港上市(HKSE:1258)。目前中國有色集團在中南部非洲持有和經營以下資產:

  1. 贊比亞的謙比希銅礦
  2. 贊比亞的盧安夏銅礦
  3. 贊比亞的謙比希銅冶煉廠
  4. 贊比亞的謙比希濕法冶煉廠
  5. 剛果民主共和國的迪茲瓦礦山
  6. 剛果民主共和國的盧阿拉巴銅冶煉廠
  7. 剛果民主共和國的剛波夫銅鈷礦
  8. 剛果民主共和國的潘達、華鑫和馬本德濕法冶煉廠

關于艾芬豪礦業

艾芬豪礦業是一家加拿大的礦業公司,目前正推進旗下位于南部非洲的三大合資企業項目﹕位于剛果民主共和國 (簡稱“剛果”) 的卡莫阿-卡庫拉 (Kamoa-Kakula) 銅礦和位于南非的普拉特瑞夫 (Platreef) 鈀-鉑-鎳-銅-銠-金礦的大型機械化地下礦山開發工程,以及同樣位于剛果、久負盛名的基普什 (Kipushi) 鋅-銅-鍺-銀礦的大型重建和改善工程???卡庫拉和基普什將使用清潔、可再生的水電,并將成為全球每單位金屬溫室氣體排放量最低的礦山之一。同時,艾芬豪正在剛果境內其全資擁有、毗鄰卡莫阿-卡庫拉項目的西部前沿 (Western Foreland) 勘探許可區內尋找新的銅礦資源。

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