TSX listed Ivanhoe Mines co-chairs Robert Friedland and Yufeng ‘Miles’ Sun announced that underground development at the Kamoa-Kakula copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) totalled 2172m in October.

Early work at Ivanhoe’s Kamoa-Kakula copper mine in the DRC. Image credit: Ivanhoe

Early work at Ivanhoe’s Kamoa-Kakula copper mine in the DRC. Image credit: Ivanhoe

This achievement marks another new monthly record and brings total underground development to more than 24.7km – approximately 7.9km ahead of schedule.

Mining crews produced a combined 194 000 tonnes (t) 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 about one million tonnes of high-grade and medium-grade ore at an estimated grade of 3.47% copper.

Overall progress of Kamoa-Kakula’s first-phase, 3.8 Mtpa mining and milling operation (covering mine infrastructure, concentrator plant and surface infrastructure) is approximately 58% complete, up from 52% last month. Construction of the project’s first-phase 3.8 million tonne per annum (Mtpa) concentrator plant is advancing rapidly and now is approximately 28% complete. The concentrator is expected to be mechanically complete in Q2 2021, with first copper concentrate production scheduled for July 2021.