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.

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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.

剛果民主共和國科盧韋齊艾芬豪礦業(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,其位于剛果民主共和國 (以下簡稱剛果”) 的卡莫阿-卡庫拉 (Kamoa-Kakula) 銅礦項目的地下開發持續快速推進,10月份共掘進2,172米,再次創下項目的月度記錄新高,迄今為止已經完成了24.7公里以上的地下開拓工程,超過既定目標約7.9公里。

弗里蘭德先生和孫先生表示,采掘班組于10月份在卡庫拉 (Kakula) 和卡索科 (Kansoko) 礦山共采掘了194,000噸礦石,相比9月份高出48%。項目的投產前地表堆場,目前已儲備了約100萬噸高品位和中品位礦石,銅品位約3.47%。

迄今為止,在卡庫拉和卡索科礦山已完成了大量投產前的開拓工程,使項目于本月開始大大提升地表堆場的礦石量,且礦石的品位將會顯著增加。

10月份的月度地下開拓工程共掘進2,172米,其中包含在卡庫拉礦山掘進的1,809米和在卡索科礦山掘進的363米??ㄋ骺频V山位于卡莫阿 (Kamoa) 礦區范圍內,距離卡庫拉礦山以北約10公里處。

在卡庫拉礦山,從南面斜坡道推進的兩條主要運輸通道,以及從北面斜坡道推進的螺旋運輸通道,最近已開拓到礦床中心附近的高品位礦區,銅品位約為+8% (見圖12)。

卡庫拉南北兩面斜坡道的兩條主要運輸通道之間還有100米將會貫通并到達高品位礦床的中心,貫通后將顯著改善礦體中心的通風情況,使更多采掘班組可在卡庫拉的高品位礦段開始高產能的采礦作業。

卡莫阿銅業首席執行官馬克·法倫 (Mark Farren) 說﹕我們對于當前的開拓工程進度感到十分驕傲并備受鼓舞。 我們將按計劃采掘足夠的高品位儲量,為第一和第二座選礦廠供給高品位的銅礦石。

法倫先生補充說﹕卡庫拉南北主要運輸通道的連接即將完成,將會是礦山開發的下一個重要里程碑。一旦連接完成,將會在高品位礦床中心的分層充填采礦區進行采掘和壁架建設,該礦段的平均銅品位預計達8%以上。

卡庫拉的地下采掘班組除了正在推進主要通道的連接,同時還專注于礦床中心高品位分層充填采礦區的開發準備工作。為了能在這些高品位的分層充填礦段展開采礦作業,需要在低、中和高品位礦段都進行開發工作,這一設計也是為了配合計劃于明年開始運行的選礦廠。這將使采掘班組可從卡庫拉地下直接運送大量的高品位礦石到選礦廠。

卡庫拉第二個地下礦倉 (西部礦倉) 目前正在進行調試??◣炖?/strong>2號通風井的安裝進展也十分順利,三臺高功率地表風機的第一臺已由承包商完成安裝。

關于在卡庫拉2號通風井安裝通風管道的簡短快放視頻,可通過此鏈接進行觀看:https://vimeo.com/473146788

位于卡庫拉主要北面斜坡道附近的大型地表回收卸料系統的石籠擋土墻已建造完成,并已開始準備在擋土墻頂部進行所需的土木工程。大型回收卸料系統將從卡庫拉地表礦堆 (于第二序列作業開始后也從卡索科礦山) 運送礦石供給選礦廠。

目前,卡索科礦山的地下開拓工程正在低-中品位的礦段進行,銅品位約3%。礦山開發工程于10月份首次接觸到粉砂巖,標志著已開拓到卡索科更高銅品位的礦區。粉砂巖對于卡莫阿-卡庫拉的銅礦化形成有著重大的影響。

卡索科由訓練有素的采礦隊伍進行開發,開采的礦石將會補足項目在進行第二序列開發時,卡庫拉選礦廠擴大至760萬噸/年的產能需求,預計于2022年第二季度實現投產。

卡庫拉礦山計劃于20217月實現首批銅生產,預期將會成為全球品位最高的大型銅礦,初始年處理礦量為380萬噸,預計投產后前5年的平均給礦銅品位達6.0%以上。第一和第二序列總共每年將會生產約40萬噸的銅金屬。根據獨立的研究機構排名,一旦項目擴產至1,900萬噸/年,卡莫阿-卡庫拉將成為全世界第二大銅礦山,年度最高銅產量將超過80萬噸。

加拿大密西沙加的Hatch Ltd.最近對于卡莫阿-卡庫拉的溫室氣體強度指標進行了獨立審核,確定項目將會成為全球每單位銅的溫室氣體排放量最低的礦山之一。

在卡庫拉主要北面斜坡道附近建造大型回收卸料系統的石籠擋土墻。

Rongyun Liu () 在卡莫阿-卡庫拉先進的培訓中心向Francis Kaposa () 提供指導。作為項目廣泛培訓計劃的一部分,礦工學徒將利用電腦模擬器學習操作自動采礦設備。

10月份開采的礦石量較9月份高出48%;投產前的地表礦堆目前已儲備礦石量約100萬噸

采掘班組于10月份已在卡庫拉和卡索科礦山開采及運送約194,000噸礦石到地表礦堆,項目的投產前高品位和中品位礦堆已儲備礦石量約100萬噸,銅品位約3.47%。另外,622,000噸較低品位的礦石也運送到地表的礦堆。

10月份開采的礦石量較9月份 (132,000噸,銅品位3.31%) 高出約48%,較8月份 (109,000噸,銅品位2.96%) 則高出約78%。隨著更多采掘班組在卡庫拉和卡索科礦山的高品位礦段開始作業,項目將大大提升地表堆場的礦石量,且礦石品位將會顯著增加。

圖表120205月至202010月期間卡庫拉和卡索科礦山的投產前礦堆累計儲備的礦石量和品位。

圖表220205月至202010月期間卡庫拉和卡索科礦山的投產前礦堆含銅量增長。

在卡庫拉礦山北部開采的礦石經由輸送系統,運送到地表的混合礦堆?;旌系V堆目前已儲備礦石量約639,000噸,銅品位約3.71%。

此外,項目還有兩個額外的投產前礦堆,分別位于卡庫拉南面斜坡道(67,000 噸高品位礦石,銅品位5.05%以及171,000噸中品位礦石,銅品位2.62%) 和卡索科斜坡道(120,000噸礦石,銅品位2.53%)。

卡庫拉北面斜坡道的主要投產前礦堆?;旌系V堆目前已儲備礦石量約639,000噸,銅品位3.71%。

卡庫拉南面斜坡道的礦石堆場目前已儲備約67,000噸高品位礦石,銅品位5.05%以及171,000噸中品位礦石,銅品位2.62%。

卡索科斜坡道的中品位礦石堆場目前已儲備約120,000噸礦石,銅品位2.53%。

1:卡庫拉礦山東部礦體的走向長度約占卡庫拉礦床總長度13.3公里的一半,其地下作業的規模之大,相當于可以覆蓋曼哈頓島南部區域。

2:截至10月底在卡庫拉已完成的地下開拓工程 (黑色)。北部和南部通道之間還有不到100米將會貫通。大部分開拓工程將于11月,在銅品位8%以上礦區內的首個分層充填采礦區 (紫色) 進行。

年處理礦量380萬噸初始選礦廠和其他地表基礎設施的施工快速推進,目前已為第二座年處理礦量380萬噸/年選礦廠的長周期設備下訂單

卡莫阿-卡庫拉第一序列的年處理礦量380萬噸開采選礦作業 (包括礦山基礎設施、選礦廠和地表基礎設施) 整體施工進度理想,目前已完成約58%,上月則完成了52%。

項目第一序列的380萬噸/年選礦廠的施工正在快速推進,目前已完成約28%。選礦廠預計于2021年第二季度完工,并計劃于20217月實現首批銅精礦生產。

年處理礦量380萬噸/年初始選礦廠至今為止的施工進度的簡短航拍視頻,可通過此鏈接進行觀看(視頻拍攝于1031)﹕https://vimeo.com/474179724

初始選礦廠的土木工程已接近完成,至今已灌入約26,000立方米的混凝土。所有主要廠房區域即將移交給SMPP (結構、機械、管道和鈑金) 承包商繼續施工。

項目最后的主要設備兩臺80兆伏安/220千伏的變壓器目前正在運送途中,預計很快將抵達礦場。多個變電站的施工進度理想。

選礦廠鋼結構和板金的制造已完成,大部分設備已運達現場。管道的鑄造正按計劃進行中,其中60多公里長的管道 (總長83公里) 已運抵現場。 EC&I (電氣、控制和儀表) 工作已經開始,并已安裝電纜架。

目前,超過2,000 (總共5,700) 的鋼結構已完成安裝。目前正全力進行輸送架、選礦廠房、試劑倉庫、浮選廠和精礦倉庫的鋼架安裝,并已開始廠房倉庫、工場和供水裝置的施工。

關于兩臺球磨機其中之一臺安裝齒輪的簡短快放視頻,通過此鏈接進行觀看:https://vimeo.com/467851443

北京的中信建設正在興建卡庫拉第一序列的回填廠?;靥顝S將選礦廠的尾礦與水泥混合制造回填漿?;靥顫{將會泵回礦山用作填充采空區。礦山約一半的尾礦將被泵送回地下,大大減少地表的尾礦量?;靥顝S的土木工程進展順利,并已開始安裝鋼架。

尾礦壩的施工進度理想,目標是要在本月末雨季開始前完成大部分的土方工程。三條尾礦管道和尾礦回水管的安裝也正在順利進行。

目前已為第二座380萬噸/年選礦廠的長周期設備下訂單,正式開始第二序列的開發工作,并已為第二序列的土方工程和土木工程進行招標。

Franck Butshumi正在連接卡庫拉尾礦輸送管線的各段管道。

 

卡庫拉380萬噸/年初始選礦廠的兩座7兆瓦球磨機目前已完成齒輪的安裝。下圖為已完成安裝的球磨機的三維示意圖 (以綠色顯示),規劃中用于第二座選礦廠的另外兩座球磨機則以紫色顯示。

 

施工中的卡庫拉380萬噸/年初始選礦廠,圖中顯示浮選機 (綠色) 和兩座球磨機 (黃色)。下圖為已建成廠房的三維示意圖,規劃中的第二座380萬噸/年選礦廠則以紫色顯示。

施工中的卡庫拉高壓輥磨機礦倉。下圖為已完工的高壓輥磨機礦倉的三維示意圖,規劃中的第二個高壓輥磨機礦倉則以紫色顯示。

施工中的卡庫拉選礦廠尾礦濃密機 () 和精礦濃密機 ()。下圖為已完工的濃密機的三維示意圖,精礦的裝袋廠房以綠色顯示,規劃中的第二序列則以紫色顯示。

施工中的卡庫拉第一序列回填廠,圖中背景為年處理礦量380萬噸的初始選礦廠?;靥顝S將選礦廠的尾礦與水泥混合制造回填漿?;靥顫{將會泵回礦山用作填充采空區。礦山約一半的尾礦將被泵送回地下,大大減少地表的尾礦量。下圖為已完工的回填廠的三維示意圖。

關于卡庫拉銅精礦銷售方案的討論正在進行中

目前,卡莫阿-卡庫拉正與多方就銅精礦的銷售和冶煉方案進行詳細討論??◣炖瓕a極高品位的清潔銅精礦 (含銅量達55%以上),將會是世界各地銅冶煉廠渴求的高質量產品。冶金測試結果顯示,相較全球標準,卡庫拉精礦的含砷量極低,約為0.01%。

卡莫阿-卡庫拉預計于12月與國家電網的電力線相連接,為項目提供清潔、可再生的220千伏水電能源

卡莫阿-卡庫拉預計將于2020年12月,與西部調度(Western Dispatch) 變電站通過一條35公里長的220千伏電力線相連通,從國家電網為項目提供可靠和清潔的水電能源。

Mwadingusha 72兆瓦水電廠的改善工程即將完成,Mwadingusha全部6臺渦輪機預計于2021年第一季度將會向國家電網提供電力供給。工程由瑞士雷恩斯的Stucky工程公司在艾芬豪礦業及紫金礦業集團的指導下,與剛果國有電力公司 La Société Nationale d’Electricité (以下簡稱 “SNEL”) 合作施工。

合同工在220千伏電力線的輸電塔完成最后的細節工作,位于科盧韋齊的西部調度變電站將經這條電力線向卡莫阿-卡庫拉項目輸送水電能源。下圖為已安裝電纜的電力線完整部分。

卡莫阿-卡庫拉項目的COVID-19防疫措施側重于降低風險

根據剛果政府的衛生指引,并配合該國解除的限制,卡莫阿-卡庫拉礦山的剛果員工已經恢復正常的換班安排。礦山繼續實施防疫措施如嚴格測試、保持距離、配戴口罩、經常洗手和接觸者追蹤調查等,以保護員工和社區成員的安全和健康。所有外籍員工抵達卡莫阿-卡庫拉后仍需進行兩個星期的檢疫隔離。

目前已在卡莫阿項目營地設有COVID-19隔離設施。任何疑似或出現病癥的人員都將會安排到該設施,進行隔離、檢測和治療?;颊呖祻颓也辉倬邆魅拘院?,必須在項目醫務人員規定的額外隔離觀察期結束后,才可返回工作崗位。

隨著疫情的變化,卡莫阿-卡庫拉的醫療隊伍將繼續不斷審核和更新其疫情防控方案。項目的防疫措施符合國際最高標準,內部出現感染病例,傳播或交叉感染的風險也非常低。

卡莫阿-卡庫拉銅礦項目是艾芬豪礦業 (占股39.6%)、紫金礦業集團 (占股39.6%)、晶河全球 (占股0.8%) 及剛果政府 (占股20%) 的合資項目。

 

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﹕位于剛果的卡莫阿-卡庫拉(Kamoa-Kakula)銅礦和位于南非的普拉特瑞夫(Platreef)-----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) ---銀礦的大型重建和改善工程???/strong>-卡庫拉預計將于20217月實現銅生產,并分階段進行擴建,預計將會成為全球最大規模的銅生產商之一???/strong>-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。

合資格人士

本新聞稿中關于卡莫阿-卡庫拉項目的科學或技術性披露已經由史蒂夫·阿莫斯 (Steve Amos) 審查和批準,他憑借其教育、經驗和專業協會會籍被認為是NI 43-101 標準下的合資格人士。由于阿莫斯先生是卡莫阿項目的負責人,因此他并不符合NI 43-101 對獨立人士的界定。阿莫斯先生已核實本新聞稿所披露的技術數據。

本新聞稿中的其它科學或技術性披露已經由喬治·吉爾克里斯特 (George Gilchrist) 審查和批準,他憑借其教育、經驗和專業協會會籍被認為是NI 43-101 條款下的合資格人士。由于吉爾克里斯特先生是艾芬豪礦業資源部副總裁,因此他并不符合NI 43-101 對獨立人士的界定。吉爾克里斯特先生已核實本新聞稿所披露的其它技術數據。

本新聞稿所載的礦堆品位估算值是基于早前從地下巷道的大塊礦石取樣以及從最近開發的垂直剖面刻槽取樣。每個巷道進行第二次爆破時取樣,并收集3個5公斤重的樣品。從2020年10月起使用刻槽取樣的樣品作為礦堆品位估算的主要數據,大約每15米在整個垂直剖面上使用手持式研磨機按1米垂直增量進行采樣,收集100-150克重的樣品。樣品在項目現場實驗室粉碎后,使用便攜式XRF (pXRF) 儀器進行分析。除了在商業實驗室利用4種酸分解液和ICP-OES進行分析之外,卡莫阿銅業也經常使用pXRF分析其鉆孔巖芯中的銅含量。該數據表明,pXRF結果可用于品位控制和采礦井取樣。

艾芬豪已經為卡莫阿-卡庫拉項目編制了一份符合NI 43-101 標準的獨立技術報告,該報告可在艾芬豪網站以及SEDAR 網站上的艾芬豪頁面獲得,網址為www.sedar.com

  • 2020年10月13日發布的2020年卡莫阿-卡庫拉綜合開發方案,由OreWin Pty Ltd.、中國瑞林工程技術有限公司、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編制。

技術報告包括本新聞稿中引用的卡莫阿-卡庫拉項目的礦產資源估算的假設、參數和方法等信息,以及本新聞稿中關于科學和技術性披露的數據驗證、勘探程序和其他事項的信息。

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本新聞稿載有的某些陳述可能構成適用于證券法所定義的“前瞻性陳述”或“前瞻性信息”。該等陳述及信息涉及已知和未知的風險、不明朗因素和其他因素,可能導致本公司的實際業績、表現或成就、其項目或行業的業績,與前瞻性陳述或信息所表達或暗示的任何未來業績、表現或成就產生重大差異。該等陳述可通過文中使用“可能”、“將會”、“會”、“將要”、“打算”、“預期”、“相信”、“計劃”、“預計”、“估計”、 “安排”、“預測”、“預言”及其他類似用語,或者聲明“可能”、“會”、“將會”、“可能會”或“將要”采取、發生或實現某些行動、事件或結果進行識別。這些陳述僅反映本公司于本新聞稿發布當日對于未來事件、表現和業績的當前預期。

該等陳述包括但不限于下列事項的時間點和結果﹕(i) 關于卡庫拉南北兩條運輸通道預計于未來兩周內連接完成的陳述;(ii) 關于在接下來幾個月,卡庫拉將繼續推進地下開發,預計大多數巷道將會到達礦床中心附近的較高品位礦段,銅品位達8%的陳述;(iii) 關于卡庫拉礦山計劃于2021年7月實現首產的陳述;(iv) 關于卡庫拉380萬噸/年選礦廠預計于2021年第二季度完工的陳述;(v) 關于卡庫拉相比任何頂級銅礦,將會是最有利于環境足跡的礦山之一的陳述;(vi) 關于卡庫拉礦山將會使用清潔、可再生水電的陳述;(vii) 關于礦山約一半的尾礦將被泵送回地下的陳述;(viii) 關于分層充填采礦作業展開后,卡庫拉礦山采掘的高品位礦石比例將會遠高于較低品位礦石的陳述;(ix) 關于卡庫拉礦山將會生產出極高品位的精礦,銅品位達55 %以上且砷含量極低的陳述;(x) 關于卡庫拉礦山計劃于2021年初達到220千伏水力發電能力的陳述;(xi) 關于卡庫拉選礦廠擴大至760萬噸/年的入選礦量,現時計劃于2022年第二季度實現投產的陳述(xii) 關于卡莫阿-卡庫拉項目將大大提升地表堆場的礦石量,且礦石品位將會顯著增加的陳述; (xiii) 關于卡庫拉預期將會成為全球品位最高的大型銅礦,初始年處理礦量為380萬噸,估計投產后前5年的平均給礦銅品位達6.0%以上的陳述;(xiv ) 關于卡莫阿-卡庫拉第一和第二序列總共每年將會生產約40萬噸銅金屬的陳述;(xv) 關于獨立基準測試表示,一旦項目擴產至1,900萬噸/年,卡莫阿-卡庫拉將成為全世界第二大銅礦山,年度最高銅產量將超過80萬噸的陳述;以及(xvi) 關于卡莫阿-卡庫拉將成為全球每單位銅溫室氣體排放量最低的礦山之一的陳述。

此外,卡庫拉銅礦預可行性研究的所有結果以及更新和擴展的卡莫阿-卡庫拉項目初步經濟評估,構成了前瞻性陳述或信息,并包括內部收益率的未來估算、凈現值,未來產量、現金成本估算、建議采礦方案和方法、礦山壽命估計、現金流預測、金屬回收率、資本和運營成本估算,以及項目分期開發的規模和時間點。另外,對于與卡莫阿-卡庫拉項目開發有關的特定前瞻性信息,公司是基于某些不確定因素而作出假設和分析。不確定因素包括:(i) 基礎設施的充足性;(ii) 地質特征;(iii) 礦化的冶金特征;(iv) 發展充足選礦產能的能力;(v) 銅價格;(vi) 完成開發所需的設備和設施的可用性;(vii) 消耗品和采礦及選礦設備的費用;(viii) 不可預見的技術和工程問題;(ix) 事故或破壞或恐怖主義行為;(x) 貨幣波動; (xi) 法例修訂;(xii) 合資伙伴對協議條款的遵守情況;(xiii) 熟練勞工的人手和生產率;(xiv) 各政府機構對礦業的監管;(xv) 籌集足夠資金以發展該等項目的能力;(xiv) 項目范圍或設計更變;以及 (xv) 政治因素。

前瞻性陳述及信息涉及重大風險和不確定性,故不應被視為對未來表現或業績的保證,并且不能準確地指示能否達到該等業績。許多因素可能導致實際業績與前瞻性陳述或信息所討論的業績有重大差異,包括但不限于“風險因素”以及本新聞稿其他部分所指的因素,以及有關部門實施的法律、法規或規章或其不可預見的變化;與本公司簽訂合約的各方沒有根據協議履行合約;社會或勞資糾紛;商品價格的變動;以及勘探計劃或研究未能達到預期結果或未能產生足以證明和支持繼續勘探、研究、開發或運營的結果。

雖然本新聞稿載有的前瞻性陳述是基于本公司管理層認為合理的假設而作出,但本公司不能向投資者保證實際業績會與前瞻性陳述的預期一致。這些前瞻性陳述僅是截至本新聞稿發布當日作出,而且受本警戒性聲明明確限制。根據相應的證券法,本公司并無義務更新或修改任何前瞻性陳述以反映本新聞稿發布當日后所發生的事件或情況。

由于公司在2020年第二季度管理層討論和分析和當前年度報告中“風險因素”部分所列的因素,公司的實際業績可能與這些前瞻性陳述中預期的業績有重大差異。

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