Kamoa is located in southern DRC approximately 25km west of the township of Kolwezi and near the Zambia/DRC border. The project is a joint venture between Ivanhoe (44.5%), Zijin (49.5%) and Crystal River (1%) with the DRC government owning the remaining (5%). Kamoa has been independently ranked as the world’s largest, undeveloped, high-grade copper discovery.
Byrnecut Underground Congo SARL commenced the support of the boxcut in early 2016 followed by excavation of twin parallel declines. The scope was to progress the declines to the orebody to allow a bulk sample stope and the setup of the primary ventilation. Byrnecut also provided all fleet maintenance.
Byrnecut’s previous contract experience in the DRC coupled with proven advance rates and familiarity of working in French speaking African countries distinguishes Byrnecut from competitors.
Byrnecut’s record of working with the local communities and providing extensive training opportunities continues with this project enhancing the reputation of the mine. Mining activities were undertaken by a multi-national workforce employing mainly Congolese and Australians. Byrnecut’s safety and training systems are tailored to meet the needs of this diverse group.
The Kansoko decline is currently on hold.