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Site Visit to Tenke Fungurume Mining

On 13 June 2018, a group of 20 delegates visited Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM) in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Katanga Province. TFM is currently one of the country’s largest producers of copper and cobalt, having produced 54 228 t of copper cathode and 4 845 t of cobalt of cobalt metal during the fourth quarter of 2017.

The visit was led by TFM communications specialist Dieudonne Lukoji and entailed a visit to the mining and processing operations and the respective control rooms where delegates were given insight into how the mining equipment and processing plant is closely controlled and monitored – a finely tuned process indeed. 

The visit concluded with a presentation on the company’s important community development projects in the area.

Site Visit to Kamoa

Ivanhoe Mines hosted a group of about 15 people to site at their Kamoa-Kakula project outside of Kolwezi. The visit included a safety briefing and overview presentation of the project. The visitors were thereafter taken to the on-site laboratory, core sample facility and then to see the declines at Kamoa and finally the new declines at Kakula. This also included an underground visit. Ivanhoe and its entire team were incredibly attentive throughout the visit and were happy to answer any questions. Kakula – the priority focus – was impressive to see and is being developed rapidly. The project is well on track to producing its first copper by 2021 and will with time definitely emerge as a large-scale, top ranking copper project across the globe.