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 totalled 2,069 metres in September, setting a new monthly record for the project and bringing the total underground development to more than 22.6 kilometres approximately 7.0 kilometres, or 44% ahead of schedule.

The project’s monthly total of 2,069 metres of underground development is comprised of 1,696 metres at the Kakula Mine and 373 metres at the Kansoko Mine, which is located at the Kamoa Deposit – approximately 10 kilometres north of the Kakula Mine.

Several underground development headings at the Kakula Mine now have transitioned into the higher-grade ore zones near the centre of the deposit, grading between approximately +5% copper and +8% copper. October will be the first month of mining in Kakula’s high-grade ore from the southern access drives, and this ore will be stored on a separate high-grade surface stockpile near the southern decline. Mining on the northern side of the orebody also will soon intersect the higher grade ore.

The main access drives between northern and southern declines have less than 520 metres remaining before they connect in the high-grade centre of the deposit. The connection is expected to occur next month and will significantly increase ventilation to the centre of the orebody, allowing for additional mining crews to begin work in Kakula’s high-grade ore zones.

In addition to driving the main connecting access drives, underground mining crews at Kakula are focused on preparation work for developing the high grade, drift-and-fill stoping blocks in the centre of the orebody, where the average grade is up to +8% copper. Opening up of the mining footprint for these high-grade stoping 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 high-grade stoping ore directly from the underground to the processing plant.

Drift-and-fill stoping is a highly-efficient form of underground mechanized mining and will allow the operation to efficiently recover significantly more tonnes from the orebody. Once drift-and-fill stoping operations begin, mining at the Kakula Mine will produce a significantly higher proportion of high-grade stoping ore than lower-grade development ore.

Underground development at the Kansoko Mine currently is in low-to-medium-grade ore zones, grading between approximately +2% and +3% copper. Kansoko is being developed by training crews and will be a supplemental source of ore when the Kakula concentrator processing capacity doubles to 7.6 Mtpa − currently planned to be commissioned in Q2 2022.

Pre-production surface ore stockpiles now total more than 803,000 tonnes

In September, mining crews at the Kakula and Kansoko mines produced and transported to surface approximately 132,000 tonnes of ore, bringing the project’s total pre-production ore stockpiles to an estimated 803,000 tonnes. September’s ore production is approximately 24% higher than August.

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 540,000 tonnes grading an estimated 3.73% copper; comprised of 125,000 tonnes of high-grade ore grading 6.00% copper, and 415,000 tonnes of medium-grade ore grading 3.05% copper.

Two additional, pre-production ore stockpiles are located at the Kakula South decline (approximately 168,000 tonnes grading 2.73% copper) and the Kansoko decline (approximately 95,000 tonnes grading 2.34% copper).

“The new underground record achieved in September puts development progress months ahead of plan,” said Mark Farren, Kamoa Copper’s CEO. “With each passing month, our mining and engineering teams are increasingly confident that the forecasted mining productivity rates used in our engineering studies are conservative – a testament to the focus and dedication of the project’s mining crews as well as the remarkable consistency of the Kakula and Kansoko orebodies.”

“The next major milestone in the mine’s development will be the joining of the northern and southern access drives, which is expected in November. 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 up to +8% copper,” Mr. Farren added.

First copper production expected in less than a year

Initial production at the Kakula Mine processing plant is scheduled for Q3 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. Kakula is the first of multiple, planned, high-grade mining areas on the 400-square-kilometre Kamoa-Kakula mining licence.

The Kakula Mine will have one of the most favourable environmental footprints of any tier-one copper mine worldwide. The mine will be powered by clean, renewable hydroelectricity and be among the world's lowest greenhouse gas emitters per unit of copper produced. Kakula also will have a relatively small surface footprint, as approximately 55% of the mine’s tailings will be pumped back into underground workings.

All long-lead items for Kakula’s initial 3.8-Mtpa processing plant now have been delivered to site with the exception of the transformers, which are currently en route and expected around the third week of October.

Aerial view of the Kakula Mine showing the tonnes and grade of the main pre-production stockpiles at the northern declines. The stockpile currently contains approximately 540,000 tonnes grading 3.73% copper; comprised of approximately 125,000 tonnes at 6.00% copper and 415,000 tonnes at 3.05% copper.

Miner Fabrice Kasunka marking the face for drilling in the room-and-pillar mining area of the Kakula Mine.

Kakula southern decline medium-grade ore stockpile currently containing approximately 168,000 tonnes grading 2.73% copper.

Miner Haliday Mujinga operating an Epiroc double-boom drilling rig at Kakula.

Kansoko decline medium-grade ore stockpile currently containing approximately 95,000 tonnes grading 2.34% copper.   Recently-erected transmission towers for the new 35-kilometre powerline that will carry high-voltage hydroelectricity from the national grid to Kamoa-Kakula can be seen in the background.

Development work at the Kakula Mine now concentrated on accessing the high-grade stoping zones within the next six months

Underground development of the Kakula Mine – the first of multiple, near-surface copper deposits planned to be put into production on the 400-square-kilometre Kamoa-Kakula mining licence – is significantly ahead of schedule. Mine connection drives (interconnected, parallel tunnels providing access to the ore zones) are being driven from both the north and the south to effect a holing in the centre of the high-grade zone.

The connection drifts are expected to be joined in November. This will increase underground ventilation, allowing additional mining fleets to begin working in the high-grade ore zones.

Development of the eastern perimeter drives also is well advanced and a second set of connection drifts are being planned. Mining of medium-grade ore in the room-and-pillar block is progressing well.

Kakula’s northern access drive #1, showing a high concentration of gray-coloured chalcocite ore. Chalcocite, which is almost 80% copper by weight, largely accounts for the mine’s average feed grade of 6.6% copper over the first five years of operations, and 5.2% copper on average over a 21-year life.

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 to the end of September (in black) and scheduled mine development over the three months ending December 31, 2020.Majority of the development during this period will be in the initial drift-and-fill mining area within Kakula’s high-grade zone (+8% copper).

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

Construction of Kakula’s initial 3.8-Mtpa concentrator plant is progressing well. Civil works are now nearing completion, with approximately 24,000 cubic metres (of a total of 31,000 cubic metres) of concrete poured to date. Concrete bases for the bulk of the plant areas have been fully or partially handed over to the mechanical contractor, and mechanical erection and installation is underway in almost all plant areas.

Structural steel fabrication is complete, with the bulk of the structural steel already delivered to site. Fabrication of platework is complete, with a number of items already on site and installed. Piping is progressing according to schedule with around 15 kilometres (of a total of 81 kilometres) of piping already delivered.

Over 1,000 tonnes of steel now has been installed. All floor and sidewall plates for the concentrate thickener and the tailings thickener are in position, and welding is complete. Steel erection on the mill building is progressing well. Prefabrication and installation of the plant front-end conveyor gantries is well advanced. Steel erection of the concentrate storage shed and the reagent store house is underway.

Both ball mills have arrived on site and the shells, trunnions and motors have been lifted into position.

All long-lead items for the initial 3.8-Mtpa concentrator plant have been delivered to site with the exception of the transformers, which are currently en route and expected around the third week of October. The transformers are the heaviest single piece of project equipment, weighing 85 tonnes each.

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 erection of the two 2,000-tonne cement storage silos has started.

Construction of the tailings dam has commenced and is progressing well, with the aim to complete most of the earthworks before the rainy season starts in November.

Cranes installing the shells and trunnions for the second of two identical ball mills that will be used to grind the copper ore at Kakula’s initial 3.8-Mtpa processing plant. 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 first four flotation cells (in green) and the two ball mills (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.

Click here to watch a short time-lapse video of crews installing the “bridge” on the tailings thickener: https://vimeo.com/463611677

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 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%.

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%).

Clean, sustainable hydroelectric power for Kamoa-Kakula

Construction activities at the Mwadingusha hydroelectric power plant, where all six turbines are being replaced, is progressing well; as is the associated 220-kilovolt (kV) infrastructure to supply Kamoa-Kakula with clean hydropower. The mine is scheduled to be energized with permanent 220kV hydro-generated power in early 2021, well in time for first copper production.

The temporary construction power supply for the Kakula Mine was recently upgraded, including the commissioning of six 2-megawatt (MW) generators to provide back-up power, and the installation of an 18 MW/120-kilovolt (kV) mobile substation to increase the capacity of grid power available at the mine. This will provide sufficient power until the main 220kV power supply is energized. An additional six new 2-MW generators have arrived at the port of Durban from China, and are en route to site. The twelve generators will supply the full back-up power requirements for the mine.

Construction of the 220kV supply infrastructure is in progress, including a new 220kV distribution sub-station for SNEL, the power utility; a new 35-kilometre, 220kV power line; and a consumer substation at Kakula with two 80 MW/220kV transformers.

Construction activities at the Mwadingusha hydroelectric power plant are nearing completion and the plant will soon be generating 72 MW of clean, sustainable hydroelectricity for the national grid.

Kamoa-Kakula’s COVID-19 readiness 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 have 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 is reviewing and updating 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 very low.

Kakula’s backfill plant under construction in the foreground, with the initial 3.8 Mtpa processing plant in the background. Approximately one half of the mine’s tailings will be mixed with cement in the backfill plant, then pumped back underground, significantly reducing the surface tailings storage.

Ongoing installation ofKakula’s cone crushers and surface conveyor systems that will transport the ore from the run-of-mine stockpile to the HPGR stockpile.

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 in this news release have been reviewed and approved by Stephen Torr, who is considered, by virtue of his education, experience and professional association, a Qualified Person under the terms of NI 43-101. Mr. Torr is not considered independent under NI 43-101 as he is the Vice President, Project Geology and Evaluation of Ivanhoe Mines. Mr. Torr 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 underground headings. Sampling is done on each heading every second blast and three 5-kilogram samples are taken. The samples are pulverized at the project’s onsite laboratory and analyzed used 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:

  • The Kamoa-Kakula 2020 Resource Update dated March 25, 2020, prepared by OreWin Pty Ltd., Wood plc, DRA Global, SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd and Stantec Consulting International LLC.

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.

As announced in Ivanhoe Mines’ September 8, 2020, news release, an updated independent, NI 43-101-compliant technical report for the Kamoa-Kakula Project is being prepared and will be issued later this month.

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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 November 2020; (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 approximately 5% to 8%; (iii) statements regarding initial production at the Kakula Mine is scheduled for Q3 2021; (iv) statements regarding Kakula is projected to be the world’s highest-grade major copper mine with an initial mining rate of 3.8 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) at an estimated average feed grade of 6.6% copper over the first five years of operation and 5.2% copper over the 21-year mine life; (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 and be among the world's lowest greenhouse gas emitters per unit of copper produced; (vii) statements regarding Kakula will have a relatively tiny surface footprint as approximately one half of the mine’s tailings will be pumped back into underground workings; (viii) statements regarding that once drift-and-fill stoping operations begin at Kakula, mining will produce a significantly higher proportion of high-grade stoping ore than lower-grade development ore; (ix) statements regarding access drives at Kakula are expected to be joined in November 2020; (x) statements regarding in roughly one year, the Kakula Mine will be producing extremely high-grade concentrate containing over 55% copper with essentially zero arsenic (xi) statements regarding the Kakula mine is scheduled to be energized with permanent 220kV hydro-generated power in early 2021; and (xii) statements regarding the timing when the Kakula concentrator processing capacity doubles to 7.6 Mtpa − currently planned to be commissioned in Q2 2022.

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.

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,卡莫阿-卡库拉 (Kamoa-Kakula) 铜矿项目的地下开发持续快速推进, 9月份共掘进2,069米,创下项目的月度记录新高,迄今为止已经完成了22.6公里以上的地下开拓工程,超过既定目标约7.0公里(约44%)。

项目的月度地下开拓工程共掘进2,069米,其​​中包含在卡库拉 (Kakula) 矿山掘进的1,696米和在卡索科 (Kansoko) 矿山掘进的373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。

目前,卡库拉矿山的多个地下开拓巷道已开拓到矿床中心附近的高品位矿区,铜品位约为+5%+8%。项目将于十月份首度从南部运输通道朝着卡库拉的高品位矿石掘进,开采的矿石将会被堆放在南面斜坡道附近单独的高品位地表堆场。在矿体北面进行的采掘工作也即将到达较高品位的矿区。

南北两面斜坡道的两条主要运输通道之间还有520米将会贯通并到达高品位矿床的中心,预计将于下个月完成,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工作。

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采矿准备工作,该矿区的平均铜品位达8%以上。为了能在这些高品位矿段展开采矿作业,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选矿厂于明年开始运行。这将使采掘班组可从地下直接运送高品位矿石到选矿厂。

分层充填采矿是一种高效的机械式地下采矿法,可有效地大大提升从矿体采掘的矿石量。一旦展开分层充填采矿作业,卡库拉矿山采掘的高品位矿石占比将会远高于较低品位的矿石。

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+2%+3%。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。

投产前地表矿堆目前已储备矿石803,000吨以上

采掘班组于9月份已在卡库拉和卡索科矿山开采及运送约132,000吨矿石到地表矿堆,项目的投产前矿堆已储备矿石量约803,000吨。 9月份开采的矿石量相比8月份增加约24%

目前,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540,000吨,铜品位约3.73%,其中包含125,000吨的高品位矿石 (铜品位6.00%) 以及415,000吨的中品位矿石 (铜品位3.05%)

此外,项目还有两个额外的投产前矿堆位于卡库拉南面斜坡道 (168,000吨矿石,铜品位2.73%) 和卡索科斜坡道 (95,000吨矿石,铜品位2.34%)

卡莫阿铜业首席执行官马克·法伦 (Mark Farren) 说﹕“9月份创下的地下开拓记录新高,使开发进度比既定目标提前了几个月。随着矿山每个月的开发进展,我们的采矿和工程团队越来越相信,我们在工程研究中使用的开采率是保守的预测这证明了项目采掘班组的专注和不懈努力,以及卡库拉和卡索科矿体显著的一致性。

法伦先生补充说﹕矿山开发的下一个重要里程碑将会是南北运输通道的连接,预计于11月连接完成。一旦连接完成,将会在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达8%以上。

首批铜精矿生产将于一年内实现

卡库拉矿山的选矿厂计划于2021年第三季度实现首批精矿生产,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,估计投产后前5年的平均给矿铜品位达6.0%以上。卡库拉是卡莫阿-卡库拉项目400平方公里开采许可范围内,规划的多个高品位矿区中的首产矿山。

相比任何顶级铜矿,卡库拉将会是具有最佳环境足迹的矿山之一。它将使用清洁、可再生的水电,并将成为全球每单位铜的温室气体排放量最低的矿山之一。因矿山约55%的尾矿将被泵送回地下,所以卡库拉的地表足迹相对较小。

除变压器外,卡库拉年处理矿量380万吨的初始选矿厂的所有长周期设备已经运抵现场。变压器目前正在运送途中,预计将于10月第三周送达。

卡库拉矿山的鸟瞰图,显示北面斜坡道主要投产前矿堆的矿石量和品位。目前,该矿堆储备矿石量约540,000吨,铜品位3.73%其中包含125,000吨、铜品位6.00%的矿石和415,000吨、铜品位3.05%的矿石。

矿工Fabrice Kasunka在卡库拉矿山的房柱式采矿段标记工作面。

卡库拉南面斜坡道的中品位堆矿,目前储备矿石量约168,000吨,铜品位2.73%

矿工Haliday Mujinga在卡库拉矿山操作Epiroc双臂钻机。

卡索科斜坡道的中品位堆矿,目前储备矿石量约95,000吨,铜品位2.34%。图中背景可见最近搭建的35公里长新输电线的输电塔,国家电网将通过此输电线把高压水电输送至卡莫阿-卡库拉。

在接下来的六个月,卡库拉矿山将全力推进开发以到达高品位采矿区

卡库拉矿山是卡莫阿-卡库拉项目400平方公里开采许可范围内多个近地表铜矿的首产矿山,地下开采工程持续超计划高效推进。矿山的运输通道正从南北两面朝着高品位矿段的中心掘进。两条运输通道是相互连接的平行通道,将连通至开采矿区。

两条运输通道预计于11月连接完成,将会显著改善地下的通风情况,使更多采掘班组可在高品位矿带开始工作。

同时,东部外围通道的建设进展顺利,并计划建造第二组的接驳平巷。目前正在房柱式采矿区开采中品位矿石,进展也十分理想。

卡库拉矿山北面的1号运输通道,蕴藏着丰富的灰色辉铜矿,以重量计算,铜含量接近80%,使矿山在投产后的前5年平均给矿铜品位高达6.6%,在21年全矿山寿命的平均铜品位为5.2%

1:卡库拉矿山东部矿体的走向长度占卡库拉矿床总长度13.3公里的将近一半,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9月底已完成的地下开拓工程 (黑色),以及计划在截至20201231日止三个月内进行的矿山开拓工程。这段期间,大部分开拓工程将在卡库拉高品位矿区 (铜品位8%以上) 的首个分层充填采矿区进行。

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380万吨/年选矿厂的长周期设备下订单

卡库拉年处理矿量 380 万吨选矿厂的施工进展顺利,土木工程已接近完成,至今已灌入约24,000立方米的混凝土 (总共需灌入31,000立方米)。大部分厂房区域的混凝土底座已全部或部分移交给设备承包商继续施工,且近乎所有厂房区域正在进行机械设备搭建和安装。

钢结构已制造完成,且大部分已运抵矿场。板金的制造已完成,部分设备已运达现场并完成安装。管道的铸造正按计划进行中,其中约15公里长的管道 (总长81公里) 已运抵现场。

目前,超过1,000吨的钢结构已完成安装。精矿浓密机和尾矿浓密机的所有底板和侧墙板已安放至指定位置,且已完成焊接工作。选矿厂房的钢架安装进度理想。同时,选矿厂的前端输送架的预制和安装也在顺利进行中。目前正在进行精矿储存库和试剂仓库钢架安装。

两台球磨机已运抵现场,且球磨机的外壳、耳轴和电动机已被提升到指定位置。

除变压器外,380万吨/年初始选矿厂的所有长周期设备已经运抵现场。变压器目前正在运送途中,预计于10月第三周抵达。变压器是项目中最重的单一设备,每台重85吨。

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,并已开始建造两座可储存2,000吨水泥的储仓。

尾矿坝已开始施工且进展顺利,目标是要在11月雨季开始前完成大部分的土方工程。

起重机正在安装两座相同球磨机中第二座的外壳和耳轴。两座球磨机将会用于碾磨卡库拉380万吨/年初始选矿厂的铜矿石。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,图中显示四座浮选机 (绿色) 和两台球磨机 (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。

关于在尾矿浓密机安装桥架的简短快放视频可在此处观看:https://vimeo.com/463611677

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,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,按全球标准,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。

卡莫阿-卡库拉项目的清洁、可再生水电

Mwadingusha 水电厂的施工进度理想,目前正在进行全部6台涡轮机的更换。同时,220千伏的相关基础设施工程进展顺利,将为卡莫阿-卡库拉矿山提供清洁的水电能源供给。计划于2021年初达到220千伏永久性水力发电能力,其时间表预计将与矿山的首批铜精矿生产进度完美匹配。

卡库拉矿山的临时建设电源最近已进行升级,包括已调试62兆瓦发电机用作后备电源,并已安装18兆瓦/ 120千伏的移动变电站,以增加矿山可用的电网容量。这将在220千伏主要电力投入使用前提供足够的电力。另外6台新的2兆瓦发电机已从中国抵达德班港口,目前正在运送途中。这12台发电机将为矿山提供足够的后备电源供给。

220千伏供电基础设施的建设正在进行中,包括﹕用于刚果国家电力公司 (SNEL) 220千伏新配电变电站、一条35公里长的220千伏新电力线,以及一座位于卡库拉的用户变电站 (设有两个80兆瓦 / 220千伏的变压器)

Mwadingusha水电厂的施工将近完成,不久将会向国家电网提供 72兆瓦的清洁、可再生水电。

卡莫阿-卡库拉项目的COVID-19应对举措以减低风险为重点

根据刚果政府的卫生指引,并配合该国解除的部分限制,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。

项目已在卡莫阿营地设有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,只能在项目医务人员订立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-卡库拉的医疗队伍正审阅和更新其疫情防控方案。项目的防疫措施符合最高国际标准,即使内部出现感染病例,传播或交叉感染的风险也非常低。

施工中的卡库拉回填厂,图中背景为年处理矿量380万吨的初始选矿厂。矿山约一半的尾矿将会在回填厂与水泥混合后被泵送回地下,大大减少地表的尾矿量。

工作人员正在卡库拉安装圆锥式破碎机和地表输送系统,将矿石从原矿堆场运送到高压辊磨机矿堆。

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Amos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。 Amos 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 Stephen Torr 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 Torr 先生是艾芬豪矿业项目地质和评估副总裁,因此他并不符合NI 43-101 对独立人士的界定。Torr 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从地下巷道的大块矿石取样。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。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。

艾芬豪矿业已经为卡莫阿-卡库拉项目编制了一份符合NI 43-101 标准的最新独立技术报告,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3月25日发布的2020年卡莫阿-卡库拉资源更新,由OreWin Pty Ltd.、Wood plc、DRA Global、SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd 和Stantec Consulting International LLC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。

正如艾芬豪矿业于2020年9月8日公布的新闻稿所述,卡莫阿-卡库拉项目最新的独立NI 43-101技术报告正在编制中并将于本月稍后发布。

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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2020年11月连接完成的陈述;(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,铜品位约在5%与8%之间的陈述;(iii) 关于卡库拉矿山计划于2021年第三季度实现首产的陈述;(iv) 关于卡库拉将会成为全球品位最高的主要铜矿,其初始年处理矿量为380万吨,估计在投产后的前5年平均给矿铜品位高达6.6%,在21年全矿山寿命的平均铜品位为5.2%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、可再生的水电,并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;(vii) 关于卡库拉矿山约一半的尾矿将被泵送回地下,地表足迹因此相对较小的陈述;(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) 关于卡库拉的运输通道预计于2020年11月连接完成的陈述;(x) 关于大约一年后,卡库拉矿山将会生产出极高品位的精矿,铜品位达55 %以上且砷含量接近零的陈述;(xi) 关于卡库拉矿山计划于2021年初达到220千伏永久性水力发电能力的陈述;以及(xii) 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。

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。

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