Kamoto Mine

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Kamoto Mine
Location
Kamoto Mine is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kamoto Mine
Kamoto Mine
ProvinceKatanga Province
CountryDemocratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates10°42′53″S 25°23′08″E / 10.714798°S 25.385542°E / -10.714798; 25.385542Coordinates: 10°42′53″S 25°23′08″E / 10.714798°S 25.385542°E / -10.714798; 25.385542
Production
ProductsCopper

The Kamoto Mine is an underground copper and cobalt mine to the west of Musonoi in Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.[1] The exploitation rights are owned by the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC), a joint venture between Katanga Mining (75%) and the state-owned Gécamines (25%).[2]

Gécamines began operations in the Kamoto underground mine in 1969. The mine produced three million tonnes of ore annually in the 1980s. Before it closed in October 1990 it had produced 59.3 million tonnes of ore, with an grade of 4.21% copper and 0.37% cobalt.[3]

In November 2006 a feasibility study confirmed that the mine could be reopened at relatively low cost given its capacity. The required work included purchase of a new trackless equipment fleet, upgrades to pumping and ventilation equipment and some maintenance of the other infrastructure. The plan was to use a combination of the traditional room-and-pillar mining system and the more modern and effective longhole retreat stoping technique. The concentrator and Luilu metallurgical plant would be progressively upgraded as increasing amounts of ore became available.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Main mining sites in Katanga". GECO Project. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  2. ^ "An Independent Technical Report on the Material Assets of Katanga Mining Limited..." (PDF). SRK Consulting. 17 March 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  3. ^ "Kamoto Underground Mine". Katanga Mining. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  4. ^ "Kamoto mine redevelopment". Mining Weekly. 24 November 2006. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
Kamoto Mine in 2006
High-grade Malachite specimen from the Kamoto mine