MOKOPANE, SOUTH AFRICA – Ivanplats and Ivanhoe Mines report that a fatal accident has occurred in Shaft 1 at the Platreef palladium-platinum-nickel-copper-rhodium-gold mine development project on the Northern Limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex.

Preliminary information indicates that the accident occurred as a result of a kibble bucket falling down Shaft 1 and striking the northern side of the working platform (stage), where four employees were conducting routine water-pumping activities. Two employees are confirmed deceased. One employee is currently missing. A fourth employee was injured in the accident; he was successfully evacuated from the shaft by emergency rescue crews and transported to a hospital in Johannesburg in stable condition.

Marna Cloete, Ivanhoe Mines President and CFO, stated, “On behalf of the entire management of Ivanplats and Ivanhoe Mines, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families who have lost their loved ones in this tragic event. Safety for everyone at our mine sites is our highest priority. We will work closely with the South African authorities to determine the cause of the accident.”

Specialist winder engineers from Johannesburg-based DRA (Dowding Reynard and Associates) have been sourced to assist the Platreef team in evaluating the possible causes leading to this tragic accident. Development activities at Platreef have been suspended pending the investigation and will resume only once the safety at the site can be assured.

Platreef’s Shaft 1 is equipped with new, modern hoisting equipment, with fully-automated safety features, including multiple, brake-control systems.

The Platreef Project is owned by Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd., which is 64%-owned by Ivanhoe Mines.
                                                                                                                                                         
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Investors Bill Trenaman +1.604.331.9834       Media Matthew Keevil +1.604. 558.1034

南非莫科帕内 — Ivanplats及艾芬豪矿业位于南非布什维尔德杂岩体北部的普拉特瑞夫钯-铂-镍-铜-铑-金矿开发项目的一号竖井发生了致命事故。

初步信息显示,事故是由于一号竖井的吊桶掉落到工作平台的北侧,当时有4名员工正在该平台上进行例行抽水工作。两名员工已证实死亡,一名员工目前仍然失踪。第四名员工则受伤,被紧急救援人员成功从竖井中挖掘救出,并送往约翰内斯堡的一家医院,目前情况稳定。

艾芬豪矿业总裁兼首席财务官玛娜·克洛特(Marna Cloete)表示:“我们谨代表Ivanplats和艾芬豪矿业的全体管理层,向在此次不幸事故中失去亲人的家属致以最深切的慰问。矿场每位成员的安全是我们的首要关注。我们将与南非当局紧密合作,协助他们调查事故的原因。”

约翰内斯堡的DRA公司 (Dowding Reynard and Associates) 已受托派出其卷扬机工程专员,协助普拉特瑞夫团队评估这次不幸事故的可能成因。目前,普拉特瑞夫已经暂停所有开发活动,待调查完成后及确保矿场安全后才会复工。

普拉特瑞夫的一号竖井配备了现代化的先进起吊设备,具有全自动安全功能,包括多重制动控制系统。

普拉特瑞夫项目由Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd.持有,艾芬豪矿业持有该公司64%的权益。       

联系方式
投资者Bill Trenaman +1.604.331.9834     媒体Matthew Keevil +1.604. 558.1034

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