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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

DR Congo: Kibali focuses on gold recovery rates

The focus of Rangold Resource’s Kibali gold mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is on ensuring  the metallurgical plant achieves its designed throughput and recovery rates.

Randgold’s CEO Mark Bristow recently told media the secondary sulphide plant had been commissioned and optimised, and the Nzoro hydropower facility was completed, with the first two turbines running and the remaining two expected to come on line in the third quarter.“While open pit mining is proceeding as planned, development of the underground mine is progressing well, and the first ore has been accessed slightly ahead of schedule,” Bristow says.

Randgold is the developer and operator of the project, which it owns in partnership with AngloGold Ashanti and the Congolese parastatal Sokimo. Bristow says that despite challenges the mine remains on track to deliver 550 000 ounces of gold forecasted for 2014.