Iron ore exploration in Angola due to begin in 2017

11 June 2013

Iron ore exploration at the Cassala/Quitungo mining project, in Angola’s Kwanza Norte province, is due to begin in 2017, with initial production of 6 million tons, said the deputy director of mining company AEMR.

Henrique Kiako said that the mining project would be launched just as soon as prospecting is concluded. Prospecting began a year ago and involved removing land mines from an area of 2 million square metres, which made way for four prospecting and surveying rigs.

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 15 million tons per year, considering that the area has total identified resources of 292 million tons, which points to a total reserve of 120 million tons.

Kiako also said that work on the first stage of the pre-feasibility study is expected to be concluded in the first half of 2014 and will lead to the feasibility study. Exploration is scheduled to begin in 2017.

The mine is located in the Dange Ya Menha area of the Cambambe municipal area of Kwanza Norte province, and AEMR (Angola Exploration Mining Resources) is a consortium of the DT Group, a partnership between Trafigura Pte Ltd e a Cochan Ltd, and Empresa Nacional de Ferro de Angola (Ferrangol). (macauhub)