Ivanhoe Mines’ DRC copper project pushing ahead
Miningreview - Underground development is ahead of schedule, and the process plant is planned for completion in Q3, 2021.
As of February, more than 8 km of underground development had been completed at Kakula, which at the time was already 1.7 km ahead of plan.
The underground development work at Kakula is being performed by mining crews operating large-capacity, semi-autonomous mining equipment, such as jumbo drilling rigs and 50 t trucks.
Mine access drives 1 and 2 − interconnected, parallel tunnels being developed from Kakula’s main northern declines that will provide access to Kakula’s high-grade ore zones − continue to make excellent progress.
The two south perimeter drives – being developed from Kakula southern decline – are also progressing ahead of schedule and have each been advanced more than 250 m from the bottom of the decline.