The Randgold Resources/AngloGold Ashanti joint venture Kibali gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officially opened by the country’s Minister of Mines two months ago, is continuing to make steady progress towards the production target set for its first full year of operation.
Randgold Resources chief executive Mark Bristow says Kibali is still a work in progress and is dealing with the challenges to be expected in ramping up a mine of its size and complexity. Nevertheless it remains on track to deliver the 550 000 oz of gold management has forecast for 2014. (Randgold is the developer and operator of the project, which it owns in partnership with AngloGold Ashanti and the Congolese parastatal SOKIMO.) “The current focus is on ensuring that the metallurgical plant will achieve its designed throughput and recovery rates, and with the secondary sulphide circuit now being commissioned and optimised, we’re almost there. We have also completed the Nzoro hydropower facility, with the first two turbines running and the remaining two expected in the third quarter. The focus is now on synchronising it with the diesel power plant,” Bristow says.