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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Middle East & Asia: October 10th 2002

 
 

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:: Khanong Copper Feasibility

Oxiana Resources Ltd is finalising the bankable feasibility study of the development of its Khanong copper deposit, part of its 80%-owned Sepon gold-copper project in Laos.

The reserves at Khanong are estimated at 13.5 Mt at an average grade of 5.1% Cu, comprising 12.19 Mt proven at a grade of 5% Cu, and 3.31 Mt probable at 5.3% Cu. Overall resources are estimated at 40 Mt at 2.9 Cu, also containing 22 Moz of silver and 450,000 oz of gold. Mining development is designed as a single pit with processing scheduled for acid-leaching and SX-EW, to recover 70% of contained copper, followed by a flotation and pressure-oxidation circuit to raise recovery levels to over 90%.

Development of the Khanong project is expected to commence in January next year, with first production scheduled for early 2005.

 

 

   

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