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:: Anvil Starts Commissioning HMS Plant at DRC Copper Project

TSX-listed copper-and-silver miner Anvil Mining on Monday announced that AMCK Mining, a joint-venture company involving Anvil (95%) and the Mining Company of Katanga (5%), had started commissioning the heavy media separation (HMS) plant for the stage one development of the Kinsevere mine, 27 km north of Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Openpit mining on both the Tshifufia and Tshifufiamashi deposits started in January, reaching full capacity at the end of the first quarter.

The commissioning of the HMS plant began during the first week of June with the first copper concentrates having been produced last week in June.

The plant, which was a standard configuration three-stage crushing-and-screening circuit, scrubber and HMS plant, was expected to be fully commissioned before the end of June 2007, the company said in a statement.

The HMS plant design capacity was 500 000 t/y of ore throughput, or 1 370 t/d.

Copper concentrates produced at the HMS plant would contain about 25% copper and, until the electric-arc furnace (EAF) had been completed, the concentrate would be sold locally.

The stage one development of Kinsevere comprised an openpit mining operation, which started during the first quarter of 2007 on the Tshifufia and Tshifufiamashi pits, the construction of an HMS plant and an EAF.

All of the steel for construction of the building that would house the two EAFs had been fabricated and the shipment of mechanical equipment and EAF components had started and was expected to be completed within six to eight weeks.

The commissioning of the EAF was for the fourth quarter of 2007.

The plant is expected to produce approximately 23 000 t/y to 25 000 t/y of “black copper” ingots assaying 90% to 93%, the company said.

Tenders have been called for the engineering, procurement and construction management of the stage two development and it was expected that an EPCM contractor would be appointed by the beginning of the third quarter of 2007.




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