Production of copper concentrates at Tiger Resources
Ltd.s Kipoi copper project in the Democratic Republic of
the Congo (DRC) could hit 43,000 tonnes this year, up from an
initial target of 37,000 tonnes.
Kipoi will produce
between 41,000 tonnes and 43,000 tonnes of copper concentrates
in 2013, Brad Marwood, managing director of the Australian
Stock Exchange (ASX)-listed company, said.
Through the end of
May, production at Kipoi reached 16,182 tonnes of copper
concentrate, while it is estimated that half-year production
will reach 19,500 tonnes.
"Kipoi is on track to
exceed the 2013 production target of 37,000 tonnes of copper in
concentrate," Marwood said.
The heavy media
separation production target for the six months ending in
December has been revised to a range of 21,500 tonnes to 23,500
Tiger plans to operate
the heavy media separation plant until the end of 2014,
after completion and ramp-up of the second-stage solvent
extraction-electrowinning (SX-EW) plant.
As a result, residue
totaling 6.1 million tonnes of material grading 2.4 percent
copper will be available free at surface in the form of floats,
slimes and ron-of-mine ore stockpiles at the start of the SX-EW
This might enable
Tiger to suspend mining operations for two years, as the
residue will provide three years worth of feed for the
SX-EW plant, Marwood said.
A version of this
article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal