Kibali is located in the north east of the DRC approximately 150 kilometres west of Arua, a town located on the Ugandan / DRC border. The project is a joint venture between Randgold (45%), AngloGold Ashanti (45%), and Sokimo (10%). Kibali is anticipated to be one of the largest gold mines in Africa, consisting of open pit and underground operations.
Byrnecut Undergound Congo SARL commenced the excavation of twin portals and parallel declines in 2012, with Byrnecut’s full scopes of works to include decline, vertical, lateral and off-shaft development, production drilling, blasting and haulage. Byrnecut also manages all fleet maintenance.
Using large scale long hole open stoping methods with paste fill the project aims to extract 2.0mt of ore per year, with a combination of trackless and shaft haulage.
Byrnecut’s previous contract experience in the DRC coupled with Byrnecut’s familiarity of working in French speaking African countries distinguishes Byrnecut from competitors.
As part of Byrnecut’s commitment to the project and the local community, extensive training facilities have been setup to not only assist with the employment of the local work force but with the aim to develop their skills to minimise the reliance on expatriate operators.