Katanga Mining announces Q1 2012 production results and date for release of Q1 2012 results
ZUG, Switzerland, May 7, 2012, 2012 (Menafn - Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --Katanga Mining Limited ("Katanga" or the "Company") today announces Q1 2012 production results and date for release of Q1 2012 results.
Highlights during the three months ended March 31, 2012, and Outlook
--On March 30, 2012 the Company announced the filing of its
updated independent 43-101 compliant technical report ("2012
ITR") which detailed the planned increase of copper production
to 270,000 tonnes per annum of LME Grade A copper and
thereafter the expansion of copper production to 310,000 tonnes
per annum, which the Company intends to proceed with utilizing
anticipated cash flows from operating activities. The expansion
to 270,000 tonnes per annum copper production will be funded by
the Company's cash flows and a loan facility of up to 515.5
million executed with Glencore International plc.
--On March 29, 2012, the Company announced that it has secured
development of power supply for its copper and cobalt mine
complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo sufficient to take
production to 310,000 metric tonnes per annum by 2015 as the
Updated Phase IV expansion is implemented ("Power Project").
--During the three months ended March 31, 2012 ("Q1 2012"), the
Company mined 1,231,073 tonnes of ore (17% higher than the
three months ended March 31, 2011 ("Q1 2011")) at a grade of
3.56% resulting in contained copper in ore mined of 43,797
--Ore mined and hoisted at KTO Underground Mine for Q1 2012 was
416,445 tonnes, a 9% increase over Q1 2011.The average copper
grade for Q1 2012 was 3.57%.
--814,628 tonnes of ore were mined at KOV Open Pit during Q1
2012, 49% above Q1 2011.The copper grade of ore mined from
KOV Open Pit for Q1 2012 averaged 3.55%.
--The dewatering of the Kamoto East Pit is approximately 95%
complete with 6.3 million cubic metres of water having been
removed.The Kamoto East Pit dewatering allows for more
efficient and cost effective waste management and the potential
development of the Kamoto East resource using underground
--Ore milled at the Kamoto Concentrator for Q1 2012 was 1,004,277
tonnes, an increase of 13% from Q1 2011.
--Concentrate production was adversely affected due to a trunnion
failure on the CM3 mill that occurred in late January 2012,
which resulted in the CM3 mill not being available for the
remainder of the quarter. A replacement trunnion is on site in
the DRC and it is expected that CM3 will be operational by mid
--Copper produced in metal and concentrate for Q1 2012 totalled
18,749 tonnes, with copper metal produced increasing by 24%
compared to Q1 2011.
--Cobalt produced totalled 593 tonnes for Q1 2012.
--Copper and cobalt production was adversely affected due to
general power disruptions in the DRC. Improvements in
infrastructure as a result of the Power Project are expected to
improve the reliability and stability of electricity supplies
--The Company expects the first copper cathode production through
the new SX plants and converted copper electro-winning facility
during the third quarter of 2012. Mechanical completion of the
Updated Phase IV expansion is expected in the third quarter of
--The Company expects to commence mining an extension to the T17
Open Pit in 2013. Studies to delineate 1.6 million tonnes of
probable ore reserves (3.52%TCu/ 0.56%TCo) at T17 Open Pit
Extension (which estimate is set out in the 2012 ITR) were
completed during the first quarter of 2012.
--The feasibility study for the potential T17 underground mine is
expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2012,
which is expected to allow for the exploitation of additional
T17 mineral resources below the bottom of the current open pit
through underground mining techniques.
The Company will release its first quarter 2012 financial results at market open on or about May 11, 2012.
This press release was prepared under the supervision of Tim Henderson, Technical Consultant, Katanga and a "qualified person" as such term is defined in NI 43-101. Mr. Henderson has reviewed and approved the contents of this press release.
About Katanga Mining LimitedKatanga Mining Limited operates a major mine complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo producing refined copper and cobalt. The Company has the potential to become Africa's largest copper producer and the world's largest cobalt producer. Katanga is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol KAT.
Forward Looking StatementsThis press release may contain forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, an increase in copper and cobalt production levels, the first copper cathode production through the new SX plants, the mechanical completion of the Updated Phase IV expansion, the commencement of mining at the extension to the T17 Open Pit and the completion of the feasibility study for the potential T17 underground mine. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or describes a "goal", or variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved.
Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, future events, conditions, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, prediction, projection, forecast, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the actual results of current exploration activities; actual results and interpretation of current reclamation activities; conclusions of economic evaluations; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; future prices of copper and cobalt; possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of exploration, development or construction activities, as well as those factors disclosed in the Company's current annual information form and other publicly filed documents. Although Katanga has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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SOURCE: Katanga Mining Limited
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