Luanda, Angola — 12 June 2013 – Iron ore production at the Cassala/Quitungo mining project, in Angola’s Kwanza Norte province, is due to begin in 2017, and it is expected that initial output will amount to at least 6Mtpa.
Deputy director Henrique Kiako of mining company AEMR said the project would be launched just as soon as prospecting was concluded. Prospecting began a year ago and involved removing land mines from an area of 2M sq m, which made way for four prospecting and surveying rigs, reports Macauhub News Agency.
Pre-feasibility work focused on collecting 2,100 samples sent off to international laboratories, notably in Namibia and South Africa, in order to determine the amount of iron available, its quality and the time needed for its total exploration.
Preliminary information, he said, showed that the amount of ore would make it possible to mine up to 15Mtpa. The area had total identified resources of 292Mt, which translated into a total reserve of 120Mt.
Kiako also said that work on the first stage of the pre-feasibility study was expected to be concluded in the first half of 2014 and would lead to the feasibility study.
The mine is located in the Dange Ya Menha area of the Cambambe municipal area of Kwanza Norte province, and Angola Exploration Mining Resources (AEMR) is a consortium of the DT Group.
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