KOLWEZI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Robert Friedland and Yufeng “Miles” Sun, Co-Chairmen of Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN; OTCQX: IVPAF), announced today that with the onset of the dry season in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), construction of the new highway directly linking the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project to the Kolwezi airport, located southeast of the city of Kolwezi, is progressing rapidly.
The new 34-kilometre, east-west road is approximately 25% complete and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019. When complete, the road will significantly improve Kamoa-Kakula’s transportation corridor that is being used to bring in mining equipment and construction materials, and that will be used to transport copper concentrates. The new road also will improve the safety and commuting time for employees between Kamoa-Kakula and Kolwezi and Lubumbashi, as well as for mine visitors arriving at the Kolwezi airport. See Figure 1 for details.
The new road will provide Kamoa-Kakula with a direct, high-quality connection to the national road between Kolwezi and Lubumbashi, and to a proposed, new south-bound provincial road that will connect to Lumwana, Zambia and the Zambian rail system, via a planned new border crossing. This proposed heavy-haul route to Zambia would significantly streamline truck freight to and from Kamoa-Kakula.
The Kamoa-Kakula joint venture is constructing 19 kilometres of the new provincial road (red line in Figure 1), while the Lualaba provincial government is constructing the remaining 15 kilometres (light blue line in Figure 1) under a toll concession agreement with a DRC-based contracting company. The toll road also will include a new north- bound, nine-kilometre section of road (yellow line in Figure 1) connecting all the mines on the western side of Kolwezi to the new provincial road.
A separate eight-kilometre, private mine access road also is being constructed by the Kamoa-Kakula joint venture at Kamoa-Kakula to safely by-pass the villages of Israel and Kaponda (green line in Figure 1). This road also is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019 and will connect the Kakula Mine directly to the new 34-kilometre provincial road. The private mine road also will be available for transporting ore mined elsewhere on the Kamoa-Kakula Project to the Kakula concentrator for processing.
Figure 1: Map showing roads linking Kamoa-Kakula to Kolwezi airport, Lubumbashi, Luau (Angola), and the proposed road to Zambia.
Figure 2: Regional railway and road system linking DRC mines with Angola’s Atlantic port of Lobito, and ports in South Africa and Tanzania.
Figures 3 and 4: Ongoing construction work on the new 11-metre wide highway from the Kamoa-Kakula Project to Kolwezi airport, which is designed for speeds up to 80 kilometres per hour.
About the Kamoa-Kakula Project
The Kamoa-Kakula Project is approximately 25 kilometres west of the mining centre of Kolwezi in the DRC. It 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%). Ivanhoe Mines and Zijin Mining are co-funding development of the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project.
About Ivanhoe Mines
Ivanhoe Mines is a Canadian mining company focused on advancing its three principal projects in Southern Africa: the development of new mines at the Kamoa-Kakula copper discoveries in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Platreef palladium- platinum-nickel-copper-gold discovery in South Africa; and the extensive redevelopment and upgrading of the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-germanium-silver mine, also in the DRC. Ivanhoe also is exploring for new copper discoveries on its wholly-owned Western Foreland exploration licences in the DRC, near the Kamoa- Kakula Project.
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