New jaw crusher for Kipushi mine

Ivanhoe Mines has installed a new primary crusher at the Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-germanium mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Main frame of the new underground rock crusher secured onto the base plate at the 1 150m level, ready for reassembly and commissioning.
Image credit: Ivanhoe Mines

Upgrading on the underground mine is almost complete. Kipushi’s unmined big zinc deposit has an estimated 10.2 million tonnes of measured and indicated mineral resources grading 34.9% zinc, 0.65% copper, 19 grams per tonne of silver and 51 grams per tonne of germanium.

Robert Friedland, executive chairman of Ivanhoe, and CEO Lars-Eric Johansson explain that a large capacity rock crusher now has been successfully installed 1 150m below surface at the upgraded Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-germanium mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Sandvik jaw crusher has a maximum capacity of 1 085t an hour. After the 54-tonne machine was disassembled on surface, the pieces were lowered down Kipushi’s main production shaft – Shaft 5 – and installed in the crusher chamber. Reassembly of the crusher is underway and commissioning is expected to begin in June.

“The installation of the massive new rock crusher at the bottom of Shaft 5 is a noteworthy engineering accomplishment,” says Friedland. “It marks the final, major underground infrastructure upgrading project needed to resume underground mining, crushing and hoisting operations at Kipushi.”

Friedland says negotiations are ongoing with government agencies – Gécamines, the state-owned miner and Ivanhoe’s partner at Kipushi and Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Congo (SNCC), the DRC’s national railway company – and potential project financiers to advance agreements to launch a new era of commercial production at Kipushi.

“Since acquiring our 68% interest in the Kipushi Project in 2011, our team has worked with Gécamines to achieve our shared objective of resuming commercial production,” Friedland adds. “In parallel with ongoing mine upgrading work and completion of the definitive feasibility study, we are evaluating a number of proposals we have received to fund the remaining infrastructure construction.”



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