WCP B Move Update
WCP B Move Update
Kenmare previously announced three development projects that together have the objective of increasing annual ilmenite production to 1.2 million tonnes (plus co-products) on a sustainable basis from 2021, with the move of WCP B to the high grade Pilivili ore zone being the final project. The increased production is expected to significantly lower cash operating costs to between
WCP B is being moved 23 kilometres from its previous mining area at Namalope to a new high grade ore zone called Pilivili. It is being transported along a purpose-built road using platform vehicles called self-propelled modular transporters (“SPMTs”). The relocation of WCP B and its dredge are being undertaken by a global specialist heavy lifting and transport contractor. For more information on how the relocation is being undertaken, please view this animation.
Mining at Namalope completed in late August. The WCP and its associated dredge have now been successfully placed on the concrete plinths in the relocation pond and the pond has been dewatered. The dredge and the WCP are to be moved in two stages. The first stage involves the movement of the dredge, this is now underway and expected to be completed this week. Once the dredge has been relocated to Pilivili, the SPMTs will return to Namalope to transport the WCP along the same route. The physical relocation is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
Mozambican media are coming to site today and photographs and videos of the initial stages of the relocation of the dredge are available on Kenmare’s website. Kenmare will update its website and Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds with photographs and videos throughout the move.
"The relocation of WCP B and its dredge form the third and final project of our development programme to increase Moma’s ilmenite production to 1.2 million tonnes per annum on a sustainable basis. Once WCP B and the dredge reach Pilivili we will begin the process of re-establishing them in their new location and we expect mining to commence at Pilivili during Q4 2020. I look forward to providing further updates as the project progresses.”
For further information, please contact:
Tel: +353 1 671 0411
Mob: + 353 87 943 0367 / + 353 87 663 0875
Murray (PR advisor)
Tel: +353 1 498 0300
Mob: +353 87 690 9735
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