KOLWEZI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN; OTCQX: IVPAF) Executive Co-Chair Robert Friedland and President Marna Cloete are pleased to announce that the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) produced a record 103,786 tonnes of copper in concentrate during the second quarter of 2023.
Kamoa-Kakula’s Phase 1 and 2 concentrators are now operating at an increased throughput rate of 9.2 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) following the ahead-of-schedule completion of the debottlenecking program during the first quarter. The Phase 1 and 2 concentrators set a monthly production record of 35,856 tonnes of copper in concentrate for May and produced 33,104 tonnes of copper during the shorter month of June.
Kamoa-Kakula's Phase 1 and 2 concentrators milled approximately 2.2 million tonnes of ore during the second quarter at an average feed grade of 5.2% copper. This included high-grade, run-of-mine ore from the Kakula Mine, supplemented with ore from the surface stockpiles to achieve throughput in excess of original design capacity. Strong copper recoveries continued for the quarter averaging 87.2%.
The second quarter brings Kamoa-Kakula’s year-to-date production to 197,389 tonnes of copper in concentrate, which includes the ramp-up of the debottlenecking initiatives since February 2023. The 2023 annual production guidance for Kamoa-Kakula is maintained at between 390,000 to 430,000 tonnes of copper in concentrate.
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The record quarterly production at Kamoa-Kakula was achieved despite maintenance shutdowns in June and intermittent grid instability.
Since late Q4 2022, Kamoa Copper has been working alongside DRC’s state-owned power company, La Société Nationale d’Electricité (SNEL), to identify the causes of instability across the southern DRC’s grid infrastructure to assist with delivering long-lasting solutions. Kamoa Copper has identified a series of upgrades and has outlined a project plan to deliver the improvements. Mobilization of resources is underway, with vendor selection and equipment procurement having commenced.
Concurrently, Kamoa Copper’s engineering team are working towards insulating Kamoa-Kakula from future instability by expanding on-site backup generation capacity, as well as sourcing additional power imported from the Zambian grid.
Over the next 12-18 months, on-site backup-power generation capacity will increase via a phased roll-out. During the second quarter, 11 megawatts (MW) of new generator capacity was installed, bringing the total on-site backup-power generation capacity to approximately 48 MW. Delivery of a further 32 MW in backup generation capacity, sufficient to power Kamoa-Kakula’s entire Phase 1 and 2 operations in the event of grid disruptions, will commence later this year. Over 100 MW of further backup generation capacity has been ordered and is expected to be installed in 2024, in time for the completion of the Phase 3 concentrator and smelter that are currently under construction.
Discussions are advancing to secure up to 100 MW of additional power via the Zambian grid interconnector, the initial phase of which is expected to be ready in the third quarter.
All figures are on a 100% project basis and metal reported in concentrate is before refining losses or deductions associated with smelter terms.
Ivanhoe Mines’ Founder and Executive Co-Chairman, Robert Friedland commented:
"Kamoa-Kakula, the rising star of the copper mining industry, continues to break production and milling records ... further cementing the Democratic Republic of Congo's position as an essential long-term contributor to the global copper supply chain. The project's impressive track record of timely and cost-effective development carries on with the Phase 3 expansion, including the construction of Africa's largest direct-to-blister flash smelter, which is well on schedule for first production in the fourth quarter of 2024.
"We are witnessing the rapid rise of the world's next major copper mining complex ... discovered by the talented team at Ivanhoe Mines and developed alongside our joint-venture partners Zijin Mining, and in partnership with the Democratic Republic of Congo and its people. Kamoa-Kakula is set to become the fourth-largest copper producer in the world and the biggest copper mine in Africa, with an annual production of approximately 650,000 tonnes at industry-leading cash costs. It is a force to be reckoned with in terms of economic prosperity, consistently providing strong returns on investment and generating exceptional free cash flow in the near term. A new era has begun for the Central African Copperbelt, which will be a vital source of essential metals for future generations."
Kamoa-Kakula’s Phase 1 and 2 concentrator plants set a quarterly production record of 103,786 tonnes of copper in concentrate for Q2 2023 following the early completion of the debottlenecking program in the first quarter.
Members of Kamoa-Kakula’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) at Kakula North. The Phase 3 expansion projects continue their industry-leading safety record with 784 lost time injury (LTI) free days and 25,786,440 LTI free hours worked.
Kamoa-Kakula reports record quarterly production of 103,786 tonnes of copper during the second quarter of 2023, compared with 93,603 tonnes of copper in the first quarter.
Ivanhoe Mines announced the completion of Kamoa-Kakula's $50 million Phase 1 and Phase 2 debottlenecking program ahead of schedule on February 27, 2023. The debottlenecking program increased the nameplate ore processing capacity by 22% from 7.6 to 9.2 million tonnes of ore per annum, increasing production capacity up to approximately 450,000 tonnes per annum of copper in concentrate. For comparison, Kamoa-Kakula produced 333,497 tonnes of copper in concentrate in 2022.
Following the completion of the debottlenecking, the Kamoa-Kakula Phase 1 and Phase 2 concentrators continued to perform strongly in the second quarter, breaking several records including the quarterly production of 103,786 tonnes of copper in concentrate, a quarter-on-quarter increase of 11%. Also during the quarter, a weekly production record of 9,710 tonnes of copper in concentrate was achieved in late April. Shortly after quarter end, on July 2, 2023, a record daily milling rate of 29,968 dry metric tonnes was achieved, which is equivalent to an annual milling rate of 10.0 million tonnes per annum (after accounting for availability).
Figure 1: A chart of Kamoa-Kakula’s quarterly copper production since first production in May 2021. Record quarterly production was achieved in the second quarter despite maintenance shutdowns and grid instability.
Kamoa-Kakula milled a record 2.2 million tonnes of ore during the second quarter at an average grade of 5.2% copper. While the ongoing expansion of underground infrastructure at the Kakula Mine takes place, ore will be drawn as required from surface stockpiles to maximize copper production.
Kamoa-Kakula’s high- and medium-grade ore surface stockpiles totaled approximately 4.1 million tonnes at an estimated grade of 3.71% copper as of the end of June 2023. The operation mined 2.19 million tonnes of ore grading 5.13% copper in Q2 2023, which was comprised of 2.00 million tonnes grading 5.39% copper from the Kakula mine, including 0.68 million tonnes grading 6.97% copper from the mine’s high-grade centre.
Aerial view of the construction progress for the Phase 3, 5-million-tonne-per-annum concentrator. The new concentrator will be fed by ore from the Kamoa 1 and Kamoa 2 underground mines, which are accessed by the new box cut visible in the background (red arrow). The Phase 3 expansion is well on track for first production in Q4 2024.
Scaffold erection for the ball mill installation for Kamoa-Kakula's Phase 3 concentrator has commenced; overall project advancing on schedule at 52% complete
Kamoa-Kakula's Phase 3 expansion, consisting of two new underground mines known as Kamoa 1 and Kamoa 2 and a new, 5-million-tonne-per-annum concentrator plant, is well on track for first production in the fourth quarter of 2024. The expansion also includes the integration of Africa's largest direct-to-blister flash smelter, which will have a capacity of 500,000 tonnes of copper per annum and be constructed at Kakula, adjacent to the existing Phase 1 and Phase 2 concentrator plants.
Associated power and surface infrastructure constructed for Phase 3 will be designed to support future expansions of the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex. Underground mining activities are expected to commence at Kamoa 1 in 2023 and Kamoa 2 in 2025. Both new underground mines will use the same mechanized drift-and-fill mining methods employed at the current Kakula mine. In addition, the Phase 3 concentrator will use the same, upscaled process design as that used by the Phase 1 and 2 concentrators.
Civil construction on the Phase 3 ball mill foundations is now complete, with scaffold erection for the installation of the first of the two ball mills underway.
Construction of the Phase 3 concentrator is now approximately 16% complete and the overall project progress is 38% complete. Production is on schedule for the fourth quarter of 2024.
Detailed engineering design and procurement activities are mostly complete, with fabrication activities now 61% advanced. The rate of equipment deliveries to site is steadily increasing. A total of 137 of the forecasted 1,799 truck deliveries have already taken place and a further 224 trucks ladened with equipment are currently en route to site.
Civil works are nearing completion, with over 25,000 cubic metres of the total 30,000 cubic metres of concrete poured to date. The steel, mechanical, piping and plate work (SMPP) contract was also awarded during the quarter. Delivery of structural steel commenced during the quarter. Over 4,000 tonnes of the required 7,250 tonnes of structural steel have been shipped to site. Orders for approximately 50,000 metres of the total 73,000 metres of piping have also been placed.
The last lot of the 1,830-tonne primary and secondary ball mill equipment package has been shipped by CITIC Heavy Industries of Henan province, China and is expected to arrive at the Port of Durban, South Africa, imminently. Installation of the first of the two ball mills has commenced at the Phase 3 concentrator site, with scaffolding work well progressed. The first lots of the cone crushers, flotation cells, vibrating screens, concentrate filters, cyclone cluster, compressor and pump mechanical equipment packages are expected to be delivered to site imminently. Furthermore, the apron feeder was recently lifted into position inside the Phase 3 run-of-mine stockpile tunnel.
Kamoa-Kakula Phase 3 concentrator surface crew lift a 28-tonne apron feeder into position on a trolley frame.
Steel erection of Kamoa-Kakula's direct-to-blister flash furnace and the electric slag cleaning furnace. The 500,000 tonnes-per-annum copper smelter, will be the largest in Africa and one of the largest in the world.
Construction of the smelter plant is now approximately 18% complete and the overall project progress is at 52%. The smelter is on target for starting production in the fourth quarter of 2024.
All terracing earthworks were completed in 2022 and civil construction work is well advanced, with all major foundations for equipment and buildings completed. Most of the structural steel and equipment have been ordered and are now being manufactured. The first lots of structural steel and mechanical equipment have been delivered to site. 654 truckloads of steel and equipment out of an estimated total of 4,000 have been delivered. The main mechanical and electrical construction contractors have been appointed and mobilization is underway. Mechanical erection has started for the direct-to-blister flash furnace and electric slag-cleaning furnace and gas cleaning system. Approximately, 2,000 construction workers are now working at the smelter site and this is expected to peak at 3,000 in December this year.
The Kamoa-Kakula smelter is designed to utilize direct-to-blister flash smelting technology supplied by Metso Outotec of Espoo, Finland, and to meet the world-leading International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) emissions standards.
Kamoa-Kakula’s Phase 3 expansion includes the refurbishment of turbine #5 at the Inga 2 hydroelectric power station. The turbine will supply an additional 178 megawatts of clean hydroelectric power to the national grid, which is sufficient to meet the power requirements of the Phase 3 concentrator, the DBF flash smelter, as well as provide spare capacity for future expansions. The 99.7% pure blister anode copper produced from Kamoa-Kakula’s smelter is expected to be one of the lowest carbon dioxide emitters in the world per tonne of copper produced.
Construction of the direct-to-blister furnace gas cleaning system is well advanced.
The smelter will have a processing capacity of approximately 1.2 million tonnes per annum of dry concentrate feed and is designed to run on a blend of concentrate produced from the Kakula (Phase 1 and 2) and Kamoa (Phase 3 and future Phase 4) concentrators. Under the Kamoa-Kakula 2023 Integrated Development Plan, the smelter is projected to accommodate approximately 80% of Kamoa-Kakula’s total concentrate production. Kamoa-Kakula will also continue to toll-treat concentrates under a 10-year agreement with the Lualaba Copper Smelter (LCS), located approximately 50 kilometres from Kamoa-Kakula, near the town of Kolwezi. Deliveries to LCS are expected to account for approximately 150,000 tonnes of copper concentrate annually.
As a by-product, the smelter will also produce in the region of 650,000 to 800,000 tonnes per year of high-strength sulphuric acid. There is strong demand for sulphuric acid in the DRC, as it is used to recover copper from oxide ores via the SX-EW (solvent extraction and electrowinning) process. The DRC market consumed approximately 6.0 million tonnes of acid in 2022. The vast majority of the consumed high-strength sulphuric acid is imported by regional consumers in the form of sulphur and burned in domestic acid plants. Spot prices for sulphuric acid in Kolwezi have recently reached as high as $600 per tonne.
Aerial view of the Phase 1 and 2 concentrators in the foreground, overlaid with a rendered 3D rendering of the adjacent smelter site in the background.
Upon commencement of Phase 3 production, the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex will have a processing capacity in excess of 14 million tonnes per annum. In the first five years of Phase 3 (2025 to 2029), copper production from the combined Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex is expected to average approximately 650,000 tonnes per annum, at a cash cost (C1) of $1.15/lb. This production rate will position the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex as the fourth-largest copper mining operation in the world.
Children at the Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre in the community of Muvunda commemorating the end of the school year. Muvunda is the third local community in which Kamoa-Kakula has built an ECD centre since 2022.
Ivanhoe Mines to issue Q2 2023 financial results and host conference call for investors on August 3, 2023.
Ivanhoe Mines will report its Q2 2023 financial results, and a detailed update on its operations, before market open on August 3, 2023.
The company will hold an investor conference call to discuss the Q2 2023 financial results at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time / 7:30 a.m. Pacific time / 4:30 p.m. Johannesburg on the same day. The conference call will conclude with a question-and-answer (Q&A) session. Media are invited to attend on a listen-only basis.
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An audio webcast recording of the conference call, together with supporting presentation slides, will be available on Ivanhoe Mines’ website at www.ivanhoemines.com.
Disclosures of a scientific or technical nature at the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex 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 Ivanhoe Mines’ Executive Vice President, Projects. 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 regarding the surface stockpiles disclosed in this news release.
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 2023 Technical Report dated March 6, 2023, prepared by OreWin Pty Ltd.; China Nerin Engineering Co. Ltd.; DRA Global; Epoch Resources; Golder Associates Africa; Metso Outotec Oyj; Paterson and Cooke; SRK Consulting Ltd.; and The MSA Group.
The technical report includes relevant information regarding the assumptions, parameters and methods of the mineral resource estimates on the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex 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.
About Ivanhoe Mines
Ivanhoe Mines is a Canadian mining company focused on advancing its three principal projects in Southern Africa; the expansion of the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex in the DRC, the construction of the tier-one Platreef palladium-nickel-platinum-rhodium-copper-gold project in South Africa; and the restart of the historic ultra-high-grade Kipushi zinc-copper-germanium-silver mine, also in the DRC.
Ivanhoe Mines also is exploring for new copper discoveries across its circa 2,400km2 of 90-100% owned exploration licences in the Western Foreland, located adjacent to, or in close proximity to, the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex in the DRC.
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Such statements include, without limitation: (i) statements that the 2023 annual production guidance for Kamoa-Kakula is maintained at between 390,000 to 430,000 tonnes of copper in concentrate; (ii) statements that on-site backup-power generation capacity at Kamoa-Kakula will increase via a phased roll-out and that the delivery of a further 32 MW in back-up generation capacity, sufficient to power Kamoa-Kakula’s entire Phase 1 and 2 operations in the event of grid disruptions, will commence later this year; (iii) statements that a further 118 MW of back-up generation capacity has been ordered and is expected to be installed in 2024, in time for the completion of the Phase 3 concentrator and smelter that are currently under construction and scheduled for production for the fourth quarter of 2024; (iv) statements that discussions are advancing to secure up to 100 MW of additional power via the Zambian grid interconnector, the initial phase of which is expected to ready in the third quarter; (v) statements that Phase 3 expansion includes construction of Africa’s largest direct-to-blister flash smelter, which will be the largest in Africa and one of the largest in the world, and that is well on schedule for first production in the fourth quarter of 2024 and will have a capacity of 500,000 tonnes of copper per annum; (vi) statements that Kamoa-Kakula is set to become the fourth-largest copper producer in the world and the biggest copper mine in Africa, with an annual production of approximately 650,000 tonnes at industry-leading cash costs; (vii) statements regarding Kamoa-Kakula is a force to be reckoned with in terms of economic prosperity, consistently providing strong returns on investment and generating exceptional free cash flow in the near term; (viii) statements that while the ongoing expansion of underground infrastructure at the Kakula Mine takes place, ore will be drawn as required from surface stockpiles to maximize copper production; (ix) statements that Kamoa-Kakula's Phase 3 expansion, consisting of two new underground mines known as Kamoa 1 and Kamoa 2 and a new, 5-million-tonne-per-annum concentrator plant, is well on track for first production in the fourth quarter of 2024; (x) statements that associated power and surface infrastructure constructed for Phase 3 will be designed to support future expansions of the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex, that underground mining activities are expected to commence at Kamoa 1 in 2023 and Kamoa 2 in 2025, that both new underground mines will use the same mechanized drift-and-fill mining methods employed at the current Kakula mine and that the Phase 3 concentrator will use the same, upscaled process design as that used by the Phase 1 and 2 concentrators; (xi) statements that the secondary ball mill equipment package shipped by CITIC Heavy Industries is expected to arrive at the Port of Durban, South Africa, imminently; (xii) statements that the first lots of the cone crushers, flotation cells, vibrating screens, concentrate filters, cyclone cluster, compressor and pump mechanical equipment packages are expected to be delivered to site imminently; (xiii) statements that the number of construction workers working at the smelter site is expected to peak at 3,000 in December this year; (xiv) statements that the Kamoa-Kakula smelter is designed to utilize direct-to-blister flash smelting technology supplied by Metso Outotec of Espoo, Finland, and to meet the world-leading IFC emissions standards; (xv) statements that Kamoa-Kakula’s Phase 3 expansion includes the refurbishment of turbine #5 at the Inga 2 hydroelectric power station, that the turbine will supply an additional 178 megawatts of clean hydroelectric power to the national grid, which is sufficient to meet the power requirements of the Phase 3 concentrator, the DBF flash smelter, as well as provide spare capacity for future expansions; (xvi) statements that the 99.7% pure blister anode copper produced from Kamoa-Kakula’s smelter is expected to be one of the lowest carbon dioxide emitters in the world per tonne of copper produced; (xvii) statements that the smelter will have a processing capacity of approximately 1.2 million tonnes per annum of dry concentrate feed and is designed to run on a blend of concentrate produced from the Kakula (Phase 1 and 2) and Kamoa (Phase 3 and future Phase 4) concentrators; (xviii) statements that Kamoa-Kakula will also continue to toll-treat concentrates under a 10-year agreement with the LCS, and that deliveries to LCS are expected to account for approximately 150,000 tonnes of copper concentrate annually; (xix) statements that the smelter will also produce in the region of 650,000 to 800,000 tonnes per year of high-strength sulphuric acid and that there is strong demand for sulphuric acid in the DRC; (xx) statements that upon commencement of Phase 3 production, the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex will have a processing capacity in excess of 14 million tonnes per annum; and (xxi) statements that in the first five years of Phase 3 (2025 to 2029), copper production is expected to average approximately 650,000 tonnes per annum, at a cash cost (C1) of $1.15/lb and that this production rate will position the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex as the fourth-largest copper mining operation in the world.
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Furthermore, with respect to this specific forward-looking information concerning the development of the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex, 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; (xvi) changes in project scope or design; and (xvii) political factors.
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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) 、联席董事长孙玉峰和总裁玛娜·克洛特 (Marna Cloete) 欣然宣布，位于刚果民主共和国 (以下简称 “刚果 (金)”) 的卡莫阿-卡库拉 (Kamoa-Kakula) 铜矿于2023年第二季度共生产精矿含铜10.4万吨。
卡莫阿-卡库拉I 期和 II 期选厂的扩产建设提前于第一季度完成后，项目综合稳态产能已提升至920万吨/年。I 期和 II 期选厂于5月份创下月度纪录，共生产精矿含铜3.6万吨， 6月份生产了3.3万吨铜。
在未来12至18个月内将分阶段实施电力增容计划。2023年第二季度已增容11兆瓦，矿山的备用电力共计48兆瓦。预计今年晚些时候将增加额外32兆瓦的备用电力，即使在电力中断的情况下，也能够满足卡莫阿-卡库拉项目 I 期和 II 期的总电力需求 。目前已订购增容100兆瓦的备用电力系统，预计于2024年完成装机，以配合建设中的 III 期选厂和冶炼厂投产。
艾芬豪矿业创始人兼执行联席董事长罗伯特·弗里兰德评论道：“卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿这颗矿业新星，持续创下全新的生产和矿石处理纪录，进一步巩固了刚果(金)对于全球铜供应链做出长期重要贡献的地位。III 期扩建继续保持一贯的高速和高效优势，扩建计划包括建设非洲最大的一步炼铜冶炼厂，按计划将于 2024 年第四季度实现投产。”
卡莫阿-卡库拉I 期和 II 期选厂的扩产建设提前于第一季度完成后，于2023年第二季度创下全新季度纪录，共生产精矿含铜10.4万吨。
2023年2月27日，艾芬豪矿业公布卡莫阿-卡库拉 I期和 II 期选厂的扩产建设在5,000万美元预算内比原计划提前竣工。扩产建设将 I 期和 II 期选厂的综合设计产能从760万吨/年提升22%至920万吨/年，铜产能提高至约45万吨/年。卡莫阿-卡库拉于2022年共生产精矿含铜33.3万吨。
扩产建设竣工后，卡莫阿-卡库拉 I 期和 II 期选厂于2023年第二季度持续表现强劲，并刷新多项纪录，包括本季度破纪录生产10.4万吨铜，同比增长11%，4月底还创下单周生产精矿含铜9,710吨的纪录。第三季度刚开始，7月2日创造单日处理矿石3万吨的新纪录，相当于1,000万吨矿石的年化处理能力 (考虑了设备利用率)。
III 期500万吨/年选厂施工进度鸟瞰图，将从卡莫阿1区和卡莫阿 2 区的地下采区向新选厂供矿，采区将使用下图背景的新斜坡道入口 (红色箭头位置) 进场。III 期扩建进展顺利，将按计于2024年第四季度实现投产。
卡莫阿-卡库拉 III 期选厂已为球磨机安装开始搭建脚手架；项目按计划推进，目前已完成52%
卡莫阿-卡库拉 III 期扩建包括卡莫阿1区和卡莫阿2区的新采区，以及一座500万吨/年的新选厂，将按计划于2024年第四季度投产。扩建计划还包括在卡库拉矿山建设一座非洲最大型的一步炼铜冶炼厂，每年可生产50万吨粗铜和阳极铜，毗邻 I 期和 II 期选厂。
III 期电力和地表基础设施的设计工作正在进行中，以配合卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿的后续扩建计划。卡莫阿1区将于2023年底开始采矿，其后卡莫阿2区将于2025年开展，将采用与卡库拉矿山同样的机械化进路充填采矿法。此外，III 期选厂的工艺设计与 I 期和 II 期选厂相似，但产能更大。
III 期球磨机地基的土建工程现已竣工，并已为第一台球磨机 (共两台) 的安装工作搭建脚手架。
详细工程设计和采购工作即将完成，设备加工制造已完成61%，正逐步加快设备交付。预计共需1,799 辆卡车来运输所有设备，其中137辆已经运至现场，另有 224 辆装载设备的卡车正在运送途中。
土建工程即将完成，迄今已浇注超过2.5万立方米的地基混凝土 (共3万立方米)。2023年第二季度已签订钢结构、机械、管道和钣金 (SMPP) 合同，且钢结构已开始运抵现场。建设所需7,250吨钢结构，其中约4,000吨已交付现场，且5万米长管道 (共计7.3万米) 的采购订单已经完成。
第一台和第二台球磨机最后一批重载1,830吨的设备已从中国河南的中信重工发运，预计很快会抵达南非德班港。III 期选厂现场已开始安装第一台球磨机 (共两台) ，且脚手架搭建工作进展顺利。首批设备包括圆锥破碎机、浮选设施、振动筛、精矿压滤机、旋流器、压缩机和水泵等，预计即将运抵现场，且最近已将板式给矿机吊装到 III 期矿堆。
卡莫阿-卡库拉 III 期选厂的地表工作人员将一台28吨的板式给矿机吊装到台车边框内。
冶炼厂的清表和土方工程已于2022年完工，土建工程进展顺利，所有设备和厂房的桩基工程都已完成。大部分钢结构和设备的采购订单已经完成，目前正在制造中。第一批钢结构和机械设备已运抵现场。654辆装载钢材和设备的卡车 (预计共4,000辆卡车) 已抵达现场。项目已签订机电施工合同，承包商的工作团队已开始进驻营地。一步炼铜冶炼厂的闪速炉和电炉以及尾气净化系统正进行机械安装。
卡莫阿-卡库拉冶炼厂采用芬兰美卓奥图泰公司的技术，按照国际金融公司 (IFC) 制订的排放标准建造。
卡莫阿-卡库拉 III 期扩建还将包括英加二期水电站5号涡轮机组的升级改造。涡轮机组升级后，将为国家电网增容178兆瓦清洁水电，可以满足 III 期选厂及一步炼铜冶炼厂的电力需求，并为日后扩建提供备用电能。卡莫阿-卡库拉冶炼厂生产的99.7%阳极铜预计将成为全球单位铜碳排放最低的产品之一。
冶炼厂的精矿处理能力达120万吨/年，将处理I 期和 II期来自卡库拉和III期及后续IV期来自卡莫阿选厂的精矿。卡莫阿-卡库拉 2023 预可研显示，冶炼厂将处理卡莫阿-卡库拉约80%的精矿。卡莫阿-卡库拉根据与卢阿拉巴铜冶炼厂签订的为期十年的协议，继续将部分精矿送往距离卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿约50公里、靠近科卢韦齐镇的卢阿拉巴铜冶炼厂进行处理加工，预计每年处理约15万吨铜精矿。
此外，冶炼厂每年将生产65万至80万吨的浓硫酸副产品。刚果(金)对硫酸有强烈需求，用于 SX-EW (溶剂萃取法和电解) 法处理氧化铜矿石。刚果(金)市场于2022年共消耗约600万吨酸，其中大部分通过进口硫磺来制造硫酸。在科卢韦齐，硫酸的现货价格最近飙升至600美元/吨。
I 期和 II 期选厂的鸟瞰图 (前方)，背景为毗邻冶炼厂的三维示意图。
III期投产后，卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿的总矿石处理量将超过1,400万吨/年。III期投产后的前5年 (2025-2029) ，预计卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿平均年产65万吨铜，C1现金成本1.15美元/磅，这将使卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿成为全球第四大铜矿山。
Muvunda 社区幼儿发展中心的儿童庆祝完成今个学年。Muvunda是卡莫阿-卡库拉项目自 2022 年起建立第三个幼儿发展中心的当地社区。
艾芬豪矿业将于8月3日北美东部时间 10:30 am / 太平洋时间7:30 am / 约翰内斯堡时间4:30pm 召开投资者电话会议，讨论2023年第二季度的财务业绩。电话会议将包括答问环节，被邀媒体将在听众列席。
本新闻稿中关于卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿项目的科学或技术性披露已经由史蒂夫·阿莫斯 (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。由于阿莫斯先生是艾芬豪矿业的项目执行副总裁，因此他并不符合NI 43-101 对独立人士的界定。阿莫斯先生已核实本新闻稿所披露的技术数据。
本新闻稿中关于矿堆的科学或技术性披露已经由乔治·吉尔克里斯特 (George Gilchrist) 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。由于吉尔克里斯特先生是芬豪矿业资源部副总裁，因此他并不符合NI 43-101 对独立人士的界定。吉尔克里斯特先生已核实本新闻稿所披露关于地表矿堆的技术数据。
艾芬豪已经为卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿项目编制了一份符合NI 43-101 标准的独立技术报告，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﹕
- 2023年3月6日发布的2023年卡莫阿-卡库拉综合开发方案技术报告，由OreWin Pty Ltd.、中国瑞林工程技术有限公司、DRA Global、Epoch Resources、Golder Associates Africa、Metso Outotec Oyj、Paterson and Cooke、SRK Consulting Ltd.以及The MSA Group编制。
艾芬豪矿业是一家加拿大的矿业公司，正在推进旗下位于南部非洲的三大主要项目：位于刚果(金)的卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿项目的扩建工程、位于南非的普拉特瑞夫(Platreef) 顶级钯-铑-铂-镍-铜-金矿的开拓工程；以及同样位于刚果(金)、久负盛名的基普什(Kipushi) 超高品位锌-铜-锗-银矿的重建工程。
同时，艾芬豪矿业正在刚果(金)境内、毗邻卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿项目的西部前沿 (Western Foreland) 探矿权内寻找新的铜矿资源。西部前沿探矿权占地2,400平方公里，由艾芬豪矿业全资拥有及持有90%权益。
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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) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉2023年的年度精矿产铜39万至43万吨的生产指导目标保持不变的陈述； (ii) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉将进行分阶段的电力增容计划，预计今年晚些时候将增容额外32兆瓦的备用电力，即使在电力中断的情况下，都能够满足卡莫阿-卡库拉项目 I 期和 II 期总电力需求的陈述；(iii) 关于已订购增容118兆瓦的备用电力系统，预计于2024年完成装机，以配合建设中的 III 期选厂和冶炼厂投产的陈述；(iv) 关于正讨论引入赞比亚外部输电增容高达100兆瓦电力，预计于2023年第三季度完成首阶段工作的陈述； (v) 关于III 期扩建计划包括建设非洲最大的一步炼铜冶炼厂，将成为非洲最大及全球最大的铜冶炼厂之一，将按计划于 2024 年第四季度实现投产，每年可生产50万吨铜的陈述；(vi) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿将会成为全球第四大铜生产商及非洲最大的铜矿山，年产铜约达 65 万吨，且现金成本远低于行业水平的陈述；(vii) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿有助于带动经济繁荣发展，提供强劲的稳定投资回报，并且在短期内产生可观的自由现金流的陈述；(viii) 关于卡库拉矿山正进行地下基础设施扩建，因此将从地表矿堆向选厂供矿以满足产量最大化的陈述；(ix) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉 III 期扩建包括卡莫阿1区和卡莫阿2区的新采区，以及一座500万吨/年的新选厂，将按计划于2024年第四季度投产的陈述；(x) 关于 III 期电力和地表基础设施的设计工作正在进行中，以配合卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿的后续扩建计划；卡莫阿1区将于2023年底开始采矿，其后卡莫阿2区将于2025年开展，将采用与卡库拉矿山同样的机械化进路充填采矿法，以及III 期选厂的工艺设计与 I 期和 II 期选厂相似，但产能更大的陈述；(xi) 关于第二台球磨机的设备已从中国河南的中信重工发运，预计快将抵达南非德班港的陈述；(xii) 关于首批设备包括圆锥破碎机、浮选设施、振动筛、精矿压滤机、旋流器、压缩机和泵机等，预计即将运抵现场的陈述；(xiii) 关于预计今年12月在冶炼厂进行施工的建筑工人将达到最高人数3,000名的陈述；(xiv) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉冶炼厂采用芬兰美卓奥图泰公司的一步炼铜冶炼技术，并按照国际金融公司 (IFC) 制订的排放标准建造的陈述；(xv) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉 III 期扩建还将包括英加二期水电站5号涡轮机组的升级改造；涡轮机组升级后，将为国家电网增容178兆瓦清洁水电，可以满足 III 期选厂及一步炼铜冶炼厂的电力需求，并为日后扩建提供备用电能的陈述；(xvi) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉冶炼厂生产的99.7%阳极铜预计将成为全球单位铜碳排放最低产品之一的陈述；(xvii) 关于冶炼厂的精矿处理能力达1,200万吨/年，将处理I 期和 II期来自卡库拉和III期及后续IV期来自卡莫阿选厂的精矿的陈述；(xviii) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉根据与卢阿拉巴铜冶炼厂签订的为期十年的协议，继续将部分精矿送往卢阿拉巴铜冶炼厂进行处理加工，预计每年处理约15万吨铜精矿的陈述；(xix) 关于冶炼厂每年将生产65万至80万吨的浓硫酸副产品，且刚果(金)对硫酸有强烈需求的陈述；(xx) 关于III期投产后，卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿的总矿石处理量将超过1,400万吨/年的陈述；以及 (xxi) 关于III期投产后的前5年 (2025-2029) ，预计卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿平均年产65万吨铜，C1现金成本1.15美元/磅，这将使卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿成为全球第四大铜矿山的陈述。
另外，对于与卡莫阿-卡库拉铜矿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) 矿化的选冶特征；(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) 合资企业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；(xvi) 项目范围或设计更变；以及 (xvii) 政治因素。
基于公司截至2023年3月31日止三个月的《管理层讨论与分析》和当前年度信息表中 “风险因素” 及其他部分所指的因素，公司的实际业绩可能与这些前瞻性陈述所预计的业绩产生重大差异。