TORONTO, CANADA ‒ Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN; OTCQX: IVPAF) today announced its financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2020. Ivanhoe Mines is a Canadian mining company advancing its three mining projects in Southern Africa: the Kamoa-Kakula copper discovery in theDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC); the Platreef palladium-platinum-nickel-copper-gold-rhodium discovery in South Africa; and the extensive upgrading of the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-lead-germanium mine, also in the DRC.
The company also is exploring for new copper discoveries on its wholly-owned Western Foreland exploration licences, adjacent to the Kamoa-Kakula mining licence. All figures are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.
HIGHLIGHTS

  • Development of the Kakula Copper Mine, the first of multiple, planned mining areas at the Kamoa-Kakula Project, is making excellent progress. The project is a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines (39.6%), Zijin Mining Group (39.6%), Crystal River Global Limited (0.8%) and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (20%). Initial copper concentrate production is scheduled for the third quarter of 2021.
  • The Kakula Mine is projected to be the world’s highest-grade major copper mine with an initial mining rate of 3.8 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) at an estimated average feed grade of more than 6% copper over the first five years of operation. It also will have one of the smallest footprints in terms of water, electrical energy, tailings and carbon dioxide per unit of copper produced.
  • The Kamoa-Kakula Project is unique as it combines ultra-high copper grades in thick, shallow and relatively flat-lying deposits – allowing for large-scale, highly-productive, mechanized underground mining operations. The ultra-high copper grades and underground mines mean that the project will use a fraction of the power, water and consumables – and produce far less tailings per unit of production – than any large, low-grade, open-pit copper porphyry mines currently in operation, or under development, anywhere in the world.
  • The Kamoa-Kakula Project will be powered with clean, sustainable hydro-electricity. Ongoing upgrading work at the Mwadingusha hydro-power plant in the DRC is expected to deliver approximately 72 megawatts (MW) of power to the national power grid by early 2021.
  • In early March 2020, Ivanhoe in conjunction with its joint-venture partners implemented strict quarantine and safety procedures to ensure the well-being of its employees, contractors and local communities, and to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on its operations. As a result, mine development at Kamoa-Kakula has continued uninterrupted. Mine development at the Platreef Project was temporarily suspended in March in compliance with government restrictions, but resumed in late April with reduced staffing levels and stringent safety protocols. Mine development at Kipushi has been temporarily suspended to reduce the risk to the workforce and local communities.
  • In April 2020, Ivanhoe announced cost-reduction initiatives to generate cash savings of up to $75 million through 2021, including reducing discretionary spending at the company’s projects, lowering general and administrative costs, voluntary salary reduction for senior management, and deferral of certain exploration activities. The savings will be directed towards developing the Kakula Mine to commercial production on schedule and on budget.
  • At the end of June 2020, Ivanhoe had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $496 million and no significant debt.
  • On June 8, 2020, Ivanhoe Mines issued its third annual Sustainability Report, showcasing the company’s achievements towards its goal of producing the world’s “greenest copper” from the Kakula Mine.
  • In parallel with the development and construction of the Kakula Copper Mine, the independent Kakula definitive feasibility study (DFS) and an updated Integrated Development Plan for the entire Kamoa-Kakula mining complex are nearing completion and is expected shortly. The Kakula DFS will provide a high level of accuracy for the project economics for Kakula’s initial 3.8-Mtpa phase of mine development, as most construction contracts and orders for significant capital items have been placed at fixed prices. The Integrated Development Plan will include details on the planned expansion phases for the entire Kamoa-Kakula mining complex.
  • Kamoa-Kakula is in detailed discussions with a number of parties with respect to the marketing and smelting of its copper concentrates. Kakula is expected to produce an extremely high-grade and clean copper concentrate that will be highly coveted by copper smelters around the world. Metallurgical testwork indicate that the Kakula concentrates contain extremely low arsenic levels, by world standards – approximately 0.01%. Given this critical competitive marketing advantage, Kamoa’s concentrates are expected to attract a significant premium from copper concentrate traders for use in blending with concentrates from other mines.
  • The current estimate of Kakula’s initial capital costs is approximately $1.3 billion as of January 1, 2019, which assumes commissioning of the first processing plant module in Q3 2021 and includes pre-production ore stockpiles. The capital costs incurred by the Kamoa-Kakula joint venture in 2019 was $309.1 million. Additional capital costs of $242.7 million have been incurred by the joint venture in the six months ended June 30, 2020, leaving the joint venture with an estimated $750 million capital costs remaining until initial production.
  • Basic engineering design and costing for Kamoa-Kakula’s planned Phase 2 expansion, from 3.8 Mtpa to 7.6 Mtpa, is complete. The scope of facilities includes underground expansion at the Kakula Mine to reach an annual production rate of 6 Mtpa, the commencement of mining operations at the Kansoko Mine at a steady state 1.6 Mtpa; a second 3.8-Mtpa concentrator module at Kakula; as well as associated surface infrastructure to support the expansion at the various sites.
  • Underground development at the Kakula Copper Mine continues to advance ahead of schedule. More than 18.7 kilometres of underground development has been completed to the end of July ─ 5.5 kilometres ahead of plan. The pace of development is expected to continue to accelerate as additional mining crews are added.
  • Kakula’s 2,000-tonne-per-hour conveyor system that will transport ore from underground to the surface processing plant is undergoing final commissioning and is expected to begin continuous operations shortly, which will further increase the pace of underground development.
  • Underground mine development at Kakula currently is taking place primarily in ore zones grading 3% to 5% copper. Over the next three to four months, the majority of the mine development is expected to transition into a part of the ore zone near the centre of the Kakula deposit that has copper grades of approximately 5% to 8%.
  • At the end of July 2020, the project’s high-grade ore stockpile contained an estimated 116,000 tonnes grading 6.08% copper. Kakula and Kansoko’s medium-grade ore stockpiles contained a combined additional 446,000 tonnes at 2.73% copper. As underground development progresses at the Kakula and Kansoko mines over the next few months, the grade of the project’s medium-grade stockpiles is forecast to increase to between 3% - 5% copper.
  • Construction of Kakula’s initial 3.8-Mtpa processing plant is progressing rapidly with more than 16,000 cubic metres of concrete already poured. Assembly of structural steel and the installation of mechanical equipment also is well underway.
  • Manufacturing of all long-lead mechanical items for the processing plant is complete, with the crushers, low-entrainment flotation cells and the concentrate filter delivered to site. Final deliveries of the mills, high-pressure-grinding rolls (HPGR), flotation cells and thickeners are expected in August.
  • At the Platreef tier-one, palladium-platinum-nickel-copper-gold-rhodium project in South Africa, the project’s first shaft (Shaft 1) has been completed to a final depth of approximately 996 metres.
  • Ivanhoe is finalizing a phased development production plan for the Platreef Project. The plan would target significantly lower initial capital, to accelerate first production by using Shaft 1 as the mine’s initial production shaft, followed by expansions to the production rate as outlined in the 2017 definitive feasibility study (DFS).
  • Concurrently, Ivanhoe is updating the Platreef Project’s 2017 DFS to take into account development schedule advancement since 2017 when the DFS was completed, updated costs and refreshed metal prices and foreign exchange assumptions. The DFS and phased development production plan are scheduled to be issued in September 2020.
  • On July 27, 2020, Ivanhoe announced that it has had, and is continuing to have, strategic discussions regarding its 100%-owned Western Forelands Project that adjoins its Kamoa-Kakula mining licence also in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); the Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-lead-germanium mine in the DRC; as well as its Platreef palladium-platinum-nickel-copper-rhodium-gold project on the Northern Limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Igneous Complex.
  • At the end of June 2020, Kamoa-Kakula had reached 4.70 million work hours free of a lost-time injury; Platreef had reached 119,686 work hours free of a lost-time injury; and Kipushi had reached 2.49 million work hours free of a lost-time injury.
  • Ivanhoe has set September 28, 2020, as the new date for its annual and special meeting (AGM) of shareholders. The AGM was postponed due to restrictions on public gatherings enacted by both the Federal and Provincial governments in Canada in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Principal projects and review of activities

1. Kamoa-Kakula Project
39.6%-owned by Ivanhoe Mines
Democratic Republic of Congo

The Kamoa-Kakula Project, a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines and Zijin Mining, has been independently ranked as the world’s fourth-largest copper deposit by international mining consultant Wood Mackenzie. The project is approximately 25 kilometres west of the town of Kolwezi and about 270 kilometres west of Lubumbashi.

Ivanhoe sold a 49.5% share interest in Kamoa Holding Limited (Kamoa Holding) to Zijin Mining in December 2015 for an aggregate consideration of $412 million. In addition, Ivanhoe sold a 1% share interest in Kamoa Holding to privately-owned Crystal River for $8.32 million - which Crystal River will pay through a non-interest-bearing, 10-year promissory note. Since the conclusion of the Zijin transaction in December 2015, each shareholder has been required to fund expenditures at the Kamoa-Kakula Project in an amount equivalent to its proportionate shareholding interest in Kamoa Holding.

A 5%, non-dilutable interest in the Kamoa-Kakula Project was transferred to the DRC government on September 11, 2012, for no consideration, pursuant to the 2002 DRC mining code. Following the signing of an agreement with the DRC government in November 2016, in which an additional 15% interest in the Kamoa-Kakula Project was transferred to the DRC government, Ivanhoe and Zijin Mining now each hold an indirect 39.6% interest in the Kamoa-Kakula Project, Crystal River holds an indirect 0.8% interest and the DRC government holds a direct 20% interest. Kamoa Holding holds an 80% interest in the project.

Health and safety at Kamoa-Kakula

At the end of June 2020, the Kamoa-Kakula Project reached 4,704,185 work hours free of a lost-time injury. The project continues to strive toward its workplace objective of zero harm to all employees and contractors.

The project had to adapt its activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with new health guidelines from the DRC government reflecting the improving COVID-19 situation in the Lualaba Province, DRC, Kamoa-Kakula lowered its quarantine and lockdown measures from level 3 to level 2 on July 27th. This means that the mine’s Congolese workforce have gone back to normal rotation. Most activities on site are proceeding as normal with some delays being experienced due to reduced staff numbers and skills on-site. Rigorous testing, physical distancing, wearing face masks, frequent hand washing and contact tracing measures are still in place to protect the safety and health of the workforce and community members. All expatriate employees are still required to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival at Kamoa-Kakula.

As part of Kamoa-Kakula’s COVID-19 readiness initiatives, the project has procured a polymerize chain reaction (PCR) device from German-based Bosch (similar device to the GeneXpert). The device arrived in July, with an initial supply of 500 tests. The device’s capacity is 15 tests per 24-hour period.

PCR tests are used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body’s immune response, or antibodies. By detecting viral RNA, which will be present in the body before antibodies form or symptoms of the disease are present, the tests can tell whether or not someone has the virus very early on.

Early detection of potential cases based on symptoms and contact tracing is imperative. PCR tests will give the project’s medical team a good indication of who is infected. This allows for fast isolation, and contact tracing of potential additional cases for quarantine.

The project has established a COVID-19 isolation facility at the Kamoa camp. Any suspected or symptomatic cases are moved to this facility, where they are isolated, treated and tested. Once the patient has recovered and is deemed no longer infectious, they can return to work only after an additional quarantine period determined by the project’s medical staff. As the pandemic evolves, the medical team at Kamoa-Kakula is purposefully reviewing and updating its risk mitigation protocols.

Definitive Feasibility Study nearing completion for the Kakula Mine

An independent definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Kakula Mine is well advanced and is expected to be finalized shortly. At the same time, Ivanhoe expects to issue an updated Integrated Development Plan for the entire Kamoa-Kakula mining complex, which will include details on the planned expansion phases for the greater Kamoa-Kakula mining complex, incorporating updates for mineral resources, production rates and economic analysis.

A separate study for an on-site smelter has been completed in parallel to a feasibility level of detail and will be incorporated into the integrated Kamoa-Kakula PEA.

An expansion in initial plant capacity from 3.0 Mtpa to 3.8 Mtpa is planned, which requires increasing the underground mining crews in 2020 from 11 to 14 to ensure sufficient mining operations to feed the expanded plant throughput. This would have the benefit of producing a larger surface stockpile of ore before the scheduled commissioning of the processing plant, as well as accelerating the mine development schedule, providing the opportunity to bring forward the commencement of the second phase of development at Kakula. The second 3.8 Mtpa plant module will be primarily fed from the Kakula Mine at a planned full production mining rate of 6 Mtpa. It is envisaged that an additional 1.6 Mtpa will be sourced from the Kansoko Mine, or elsewhere, to maximize the full milling capacity of 7.6 Mtpa.

There are currently 10 mining crews (three owner crews and seven contractor crews) at Kakula and one mining crew at Kansoko. The project will continue to add additional crews over the next 12 months to further accelerate development. One crew is currently being trained at the Kamoa training centre.

Underground development completed to the end of July (in black) and scheduled development (green, brown, blue & black) until September 30, 2020. Shown are the 3%, 5% and 8% copper contours and the location where the northern and southern access drives are scheduled to join in Q4 2020.

The eastern portion of Kakula Mine ─ representing less than half of the overall 13.3-kilometre-long Kakula Deposit ─ overlain on southern Manhattan Island to give a sense of the enormous scale of the underground operations.

Aerial view of the Kakula Mine showing the tonnes and grade of the main pre-production stockpiles at the northern declines. The high-grade stockpile currently contains approximately 116,000 tonnes grading 6.08% copper, and the medium-grade stockpile currently contains approximately 325,000 tonnes grading 2.94% copper.

Geologist Kally Mbumba showing ultra-high-grade, chalcocite-rich ore at Kakula Mine. Chalcocite has the greatest percentage of copper of all the common sulphide-copper-bearing minerals ─ almost 80% copper by weight.

Kakula crews are currently mining and stockpiling ore with an average grade between 3% and 8% copper. At the end of June 2020, Kakula’s high-grade, pre-production ore stockpile contained 67,553 tonnes grading 5.90% copper, the medium-grade ore stockpiles, including satellite stockpiles at Kakula South and Kansoko, contained an additional 394,119 tonnes at 2.71% copper. This has been increased to a high-grade, pre-production ore stockpile containing approximately 116,000 tonnes grading 6.08% copper and medium-grade ore stockpiles containing an additional 446,000 tonnes at 2.73% copper at the end of July 2020. The high-grade stockpile is projected to significantly expand in the coming months as the majority of Kakula’s underground development will be in mining zones grading +5% copper.

Basic engineering design and costing for the expansion from 3.8 Mtpa to 7.6 Mtpa is complete. The scope of facilities includes underground expansion at Kakula to reach an annual production rate of 6 Mtpa, the commencement of mining operations at Kansoko at a steady-state 1.6 Mtpa, a second 3.8 Mtpa concentrator module at Kakula as well as associated surface infrastructure to support the expansion at the various sites.

Ongoing construction of the flotation section of Kakula’s 3.8 Mtpa processing plant.

Ongoing construction of the flotation section of Kakula’s 3.8 Mtpa processing plant.

The current estimate of the project’s initial capital costs is approximately $1.3 billion as of January 1, 2019, which assumes commissioning of the first processing plant module in Q3 2021 and includes expanded plant capacity and pre-production ore stockpiles.

The capital costs incurred by the Kamoa-Kakula joint venture in 2019 amounted to $309.1 million, of which $125.2 million was spent on the Kakula declines and mine development. A further capital cost of $242.7 million, that includes the costs allocated to the pre-production ore stockpiles, has been incurred in the six months ended June 30, 2020. Ivanhoe’s share of the capital costs incurred in the six months ended June 30, 2020, was $120 million, representing its share of approximately 40% of the initial capital costs, plus its share of capital associated with the 20% carried interest owned by the Government of the DRC, which will be repaid through future cash flows from the project. Ivanhoe has budgeted $257 million for its proportionate funding of approximately 50% for the Kamoa-Kakula Project for the remainder of 2020. As of June 30, 2020, the joint venture had an estimated $750 million of capital costs remaining until initial production.

Ivanhoe expects that it will continue to have sufficient cash resources or financing options available to cover its proportionate share of the remaining initial capital costs.

More than 18.7 kilometres of underground development now completed as the project tracks towards first production in Q3 2021

A total of 17.1 kilometres of underground development was completed by the end of June 2020, which was 5.2 kilometres ahead of plan. A record of 1.87 kilometres development was achieved in May 2020. At the end of July 2020, more than 18.7 kilometres had been completed.

Mine access drives 1 and 2 (interconnected, parallel tunnels that will provide access to ore zones) continue to advance towards the southern portion of the orebody and are currently developing through the 3% - 5% copper zones. Development also is well advanced on the eastern perimeter drives, western perimeter drives and the room-and-pillar mining area.

Development along south access drives 1 and 2 is progressing well and has reached the 3% - 5% copper zones, with mining crews working to establish the connection of these drives with mine access drives 1 and 2 from the north side of the orebody, this is scheduled to occur in November 2020.

Engineering, procurement and construction advancing well

Project engineering and procurement activities are nearing completion with the focus currently on logistics and construction. The current primary construction focus that runs through the project’s critical path is the construction of the processing plant and the electrical high-voltage infrastructure installation.

Construction of the underground rock handling system is complete with the first rock being conveyed to surface in June 2020.

The civil construction of Ventilation Shaft 2 is underway with fan delivery scheduled in September 2020; the system is expected to be operational before the end of the year. Reaming of Ventilation Shaft North East is expected to start shortly after the completion of the pilot hole. The fan is scheduled to be operational by Q1 2021. Additional material is being procured ahead of the relocation of Ventilation Fan 1 to the North West 1 location.

One of Kakula’s high pressure grinding rolls (HPGR) for the processing plant being offloaded at the port of Durban, South Africa, for transport to Kamoa-Kakula by truck.

Surveyor, Betty Kabey, scanning the East Spiral drive at the Kakula Mine.

The construction of the dams in the room-and-pillar mining area and the south ventilation shaft central transfer dam is underway; and both of these dams will be complete in Q3 2020.

Civil construction of the process plant is progressing, with over 16,000 cubic metres of concrete already poured. A number of work areas have been completed and handed over for the erection of steel and the installation of mechanical equipment. Steel fabrication in China is nearing completion with the bulk of the steel either delivered to site or being transported. Steel erection has started at the flotation and thickener areas. Fabrication of plate work and piping is well advanced with some material being transported to site.

Manufacture of all long-lead mechanical items is complete with the crushers, low entrainment flotation cells and concentrate filter already delivered to site. Final deliveries for the mills, high pressure grinding rolls (HPGR), flotation cells and thickeners are expected to arrive on-site before the end of August.

Underground pumping station and water dam at Kakula’s 1,050 level. Construction of a second permanent underground water-handling system is progressing well and commissioning is expected this month. The new system will add 800 litres per second of underground pumping capacity, bringing the total installed capacity to 1,400 litres per second.

Mukalayi Masengo, Technician, installing bolts on steel support structures for the surface conveyor that will transport ore from the surface stockpiles to the processing plant.

The mine is receiving hydro-generated electrical power for the Kamoa 120kV overhead line via the 18MW mobile substation, which is connected to the national grid. The mobile substation was recently relocated to the Kakula Mine from the Kansoko Mine to increase transmission capacity to Kakula. Construction of the permanent 220-kilovolt overhead power line, the electrical switching substation (NRO substation) and the Kamoa Consumer Substation are underway. The objective is to energize the mine on 220kV grid power early in 2021.

All the newly built accommodation at the Kakula camp has been completed and is occupied. Construction of the kitchen, mess area and laundry will be completed shortly.

Ongoing upgrading work enables Mwadingusha hydropower station to supply clean, sustainable electricity

Ongoing upgrading work at the Mwadingusha hydropower plant in the DRC has significantly progressed. The two main activities remaining are the final installation of the turbines and the completion of the penstock replacement.

Current activities include the installation of the turbine cooling and electrical systems as well as the welding of the valve chambers in the penstocks. Delays were experienced due to some of the European engineers leaving site at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, however these engineers now are returning to site.

The progressive re-commissioning of the turbines is underway with three turbines expected to be in operation by December 2020 and the three remaining turbines in Q1 2021. The refurbished plant is projected to deliver approximately 72 megawatts (MW) of power to the national grid.

The work at Mwadingusha is being conducted by engineering firm STUCKY of Lausanne, Switzerland, under the direction of Ivanhoe Mines and Zijin Mining, in conjunction with the DRC’s state-owned power company, La Société Nationale d’Electricité (SNEL SA).

The Kansoko Mine, Kakula Mine and Kamoa camp have been connected to the national hydroelectric power grid since the completion of a 20-kilometre long, 120-kilovolt, single-circuit power line between Kansoko and SNEL SA’s high voltage national grid in September 2016. A 12-kilometres long, 120-kilovolts, dual-circuit power line between Kansoko and Kakula was completed in December 2017. The design of permanent, 11-kilovolt reticulation to the ventilation shafts and mine has started, which includes substations, overhead lines and surface cables.

The dam at the Mwadingusha hydropower station that will supply clean, sustainable electricity to the DRC national power grid

Continued focus on enriching communities through sustainable development

The Kamoa-Kakula Sustainable Livelihoods Program is committed to sustainable development in the communities within the project’s footprint. The main objective of the livelihoods program is to enhance food security and living standards of the people who reside within the project area. The program consists primarily of fish farming, poultry production, beekeeping and food crops; including the farming of maize (corn), vegetables and bananas. With the increase in development activities at the project, a significant number of employment opportunities have also been made available to residents of the local communities.

The Sustainable Livelihoods Program started in 2010 in an effort to strengthen food security and farming capacity in the host communities near Kamoa-Kakula by establishing an agricultural training garden and support for farmers at the community level. Today, approximately 350 community farmers are benefiting from the Sustainable Livelihoods Program, producing high-quality food for their families and selling the surplus for additional income.

Additional non-farming related activities for Q2 2020 included education and literacy programs, the continuation of a community brick-making program and the supply of fresh water to a number of local communities using solar powered boreholes.

Construction of resettlement houses for the second phase of the relocation program is underway. The survey for the final phase of relocation has been completed and crop compensation has commenced, with only five permanent structures being identified. The entire Kakula Mine area, including the tailings dam area, will be secured once these relocation phases are complete.

A farmer weeding in his vegetable nursery.The Livelihoods Program at Kamoa-Kakula has developed into a large-scale operation, with hundreds of beneficiaries raising fish; growing maize and vegetables; and selling poultry and honey.

Construction of a community clinic at the local village of Muvunda, a Kamoa-Kakula Livelihoods Program initiative.

2. Platreef Project
64%-owned by Ivanhoe Mines
South Africa

The Platreef Project is owned by Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd (Ivanplats), which is 64%-owned by Ivanhoe Mines. A 26% interest is held by Ivanplats’ historically-disadvantaged, broad-based, black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) partners, which include 20 local host communities with approximately 150,000 people, project employees and local entrepreneurs. Ivanplats reached Level 4 contributor status in its most recent verification assessment on the B-BBEE scorecard. A Japanese consortium of ITOCHU Corporation, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation; and Japan Gas Corporation, owns a 10% interest in Ivanplats, which it acquired in two tranches for a total investment of $290 million.

The Platreef Project hosts an underground deposit of thick, platinum-group metals, nickel, copper and gold mineralization on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex in Limpopo Province - approximately 280 kilometres northeast of Johannesburg and eight kilometres from the town of Mokopane.

On the Northern Limb, platinum-group metals mineralization is hosted primarily within the Platreef, a mineralized sequence that is traced more than 30 kilometres along strike. Ivanhoe’s Platreef Project, within the Platreef’s southern sector, is comprised of two contiguous properties: Turfspruit and Macalacaskop. Turfspruit, the northernmost property, is contiguous with, and along strike from, Anglo Platinum’s Mogalakwena group of mining operations and properties.

Since 2007, Ivanhoe has focused its exploration and development activities on defining and advancing the down-dip extension of its original discovery at Platreef, now known as the Flatreef Deposit, which is amenable to highly mechanized, underground mining methods. The Flatreef area lies entirely on the Turfspruit and Macalacaskop properties, which form part of the company’s mining right.

As part of the company-wide cost-cutting measures announced on April 27, 2020, Ivanhoe’s board of directors allocated a reduced total budget for 2020 of $41.7 million for the Platreef Project, of which $23.4 million remains for the balance of the year. The sinking of Platreef’s Shaft 1 has recently been completed, enabling Shaft 1 to be configured for permanent rock hoisting.

Health and safety at Platreef

At the end of Q2 2020, the Platreef Project reached a total of 119,686 lost-time, injury-free hours worked in accordance with South Africa’s Mine Health and Safety Act, and Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The last lost-time injury (LTI) occurred on May 18, 2020. The Platreef Project has noted an 80% improvement in the total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) year on year with only one Recordable Injury for 2020.

In response to the country-wide lock down imposed by the South African Government due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Platreef temporarily suspended its shaft-sinking operations on March 26, 2020. During the suspension, the project kept a small workforce to keep the operation ready for when development resumed. Since April 21, 2020, following the announcement of amended regulations authorizing South African mines to operate at a workforce capacity of 50%, site activities resumed under strict mitigation controls.

One employee tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-July and was immediately placed in the project’s quarantine facilities that have been set up in close proximity to the minesite. Contact tracing also was performed with direct contacts also being isolated.

Platreef phased development plan and update of Definitive Feasibility Study

Ivanhoe is investigating a phased development plan for the Platreef Project, targeting significantly lower initial capital, to accelerate first production by using Shaft 1 as the mine’s initial production shaft. This plan will focus on initially targeting the development of mining zones accessible from Shaft 1 and maximizing the hoisting capacity of this shaft, followed by expansions to the production rate as outlined in the 2017 DFS.

Concurrently, Ivanhoe is updating the Platreef Project’s DFS to take into account development schedule advancement since 2017 when the DFS was completed, updated costs and refreshed metal prices and foreign exchange assumptions. This update, together with the study on the phased development plan, is scheduled for completion in Q3 2020.  

Shaft 1 successfully completed down to the final depth of 996 metres

Shaft 1 reached the top of the high-grade Flatreef Deposit (T1 mineralized zone) at a depth of 780.2 metres below surface in Q3 2018 and has since been extended to its final depth of 996 metres below surface. The thickness of the mineralized orebody (T1 and T2 mineralized zones) at Shaft 1 is 29 metres, with grades of platinum-group metals ranging up to 11 grams per tonne (g/t) 3PE (platinum, palladium and rhodium) plus gold, as well as significant quantities of nickel and copper. The 29-metre intersection yielded approximately 3,000 tonnes of ore, estimated to contain more than 400 ounces of platinum-group metals. The ore is stockpiled on surface for further metallurgical sampling.

Members of the Platreef team celebrate the completion of sinking Shaft 1 to a final depth of 996 metres below surface. Shaft 1’s headframe is in the background.

Schematic section of the Platreef Mine, showing Flatreef’s T1 and T2 thick, high-grade mineralized zones (red and dark orange), underground development work completed to date in shafts 1 and 2 (white) and planned development work (gray).

The 750, 850 and 950-metre-level station developments have been completed. The three development stations will provide initial, underground access to the high-grade orebody. Shaft 1 changeover detailed designs are nearing completion and will enable Shaft 1 to be configured for permanent rock hoisting.

Underground mining to incorporate highly-productive, mechanized methods

The mining zones in the current Platreef mine plan occur at depths ranging from approximately 700 metres to 1,200 metres below surface. When completed, Shaft 2 is expected to provide primary access to the mining zones; secondary access is expected to be via Shaft 1. During mine production, both shafts also are expected to serve as ventilation intakes. Three additional ventilation exhaust raises are planned to achieve steady-state production.

Planned mining methods will use highly-productive, mechanized methods, including long-hole stoping and drift-and-fill mining. Each method will utilize cemented backfill for maximum ore extraction. The ore will be hauled from the stopes to a series of internal ore passes and fed to the bottom of Shaft 2, where it will be crushed and hoisted to surface.

In June, Platreef’s shaft-sinking team drilled the final round to a depth of 996 metres below surface.

Development of human resources and job skills

Consultation regarding the Platreef Project’s second Social and Labour Plan (SLP) is in the final stages. In this second SLP, Ivanplats plans to build on the foundation laid in the first SLP and continue with its training and development suite, which includes: 15 new mentors; internal skills training for 78 staff members; a legends program to prepare retiring employees with new/other skills; community adult education training for our host community members; core technical skills training for at least 100 community members, portable skills; and more.

Local economic development projects will contribute community water source development with the Municipality boreholes program, educational program in partnership with Department of Education and significant contribution funding for sanitation infrastructure at the Mogalakwena Municipality. The enterprise and supplier development commitments comprise of expanding the existing kiosk and laundry facilities even further, also adding expanded change house facilities to be managed by a community partner in future. A five year integrated business accelerator and funding project will assist community members interested to obtain help with development and supplier readiness.

3. Kipushi Project
68%-owned by Ivanhoe Mines
Democratic Republic of Congo

The Kipushi copper-zinc-germanium-silver-lead mine, in the DRC, is adjacent to the town of Kipushi and approximately 30 kilometres southwest of Lubumbashi. It is located on the Central African Copperbelt, approximately 250 kilometres southeast of the Kamoa-Kakula Project and less than one kilometre from the Zambian border. Ivanhoe acquired its 68% interest in the Kipushi Project in November 2011; the balance of 32% is held by the state-owned mining company, Gécamines.

As part of the company’s cost-cutting measures announced on April 27, 2020, Ivanhoe’s board of directors allocated a reduced total budget for 2020 of $28.7 million for the Kipushi Project, of which approximately $13.5 million remains for the rest of the year.

Health, safety and community development

At the end of June 2020, the Kipushi Project reached a total of 2,489,853 work hours free of lost-time injuries. It has been more than 19 months since the last lost-time injury occurred at the Kipushi Project.

In response to government-imposed travel restrictions and emergency protocols being introduced worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kipushi has temporarily suspended mine development operations in order to reduce the risk to the workforce and local communities. The project is maintaining a reduced workforce to conduct maintenance activities and to maintain pumping operations.

The Kipushi Project operates a potable-water station to supply the municipality of Kipushi with water. This includes power supply, disinfectant chemicals, routine maintenance, security, and emergency repair of leaks to the primary reticulation. Other community development projects included the donation of 5,000 N95 face masks to host communities, the donation of additional infrared thermometers to the Health Zone management and sponsoring a COVID-19 awareness campaign broadcast on local radio. The sewing training centre project started production of cloth face masks with the target of donating 2,000 masks every month to host communities.

Definitive feasibility study in final stages of completion

The Kipushi Project’s pre-feasibility study (PFS), announced by Ivanhoe Mines on December 13, 2017, anticipated annual production of an average of 381,000 tonnes of zinc concentrate over an 11-year, initial mine life at a total cash cost of approximately $0.48 per pound (lb) of zinc.

Highlights of the PFS, based on a long-term zinc price of $1.10/lb, include:

  • After-tax net present value (NPV) at an 8% real discount rate of $683 million.
  • After-tax real internal rate of return (IRR) of 35.3%.
  • After-tax project payback period of 2.2 years.
  • Pre-production capital costs, including contingency, of $337 million.
  • Existing surface and underground infrastructure allows for significantly lower capital costs than comparable greenfield development projects.
  • Life-of-mine average planned zinc concentrate production of 381,000 dry tonnes per annum, with a concentrate grade of 59% zinc, is expected to rank Kipushi, once in production, among the world’s largest zinc mines.

All figures are on a 100%-project basis unless otherwise stated. Estimated life-of-mine average cash cost of $0.48/lb of zinc is expected to rank Kipushi, once in production, in the bottom quartile of the cash-cost curve for zinc producers internationally.

The Kipushi Project’s DFS is in the final stages of completion, and some aspects of the design have progressed into a detailed engineering phase.

Samuel Ndembo (left) and Mbiya Africa (right) taking air flow measurements at Kipushi’s 850-metre-level electrical substation.

Project development and infrastructure

Although development and rehabilitation activities in the six months ending June 2020 were limited, significant progress has been made in recent years modernizing the Kipushi Mine’s underground infrastructure as part of preparations for the mine to resume commercial production, including upgrading a series of vertical mine shafts to various depths, with associated head frames, as well as underground mine excavations and infrastructure. A series of crosscuts and ventilation infrastructure still is in working condition and have been cleared of old materials and equipment to facilitate modern, bulk-mechanized mining. The underground infrastructure also includes a series of high-capacity pumps to manage the mine’s water levels, which now are easily maintained at the bottom of the mine.

Shaft 5 is eight metres in diameter and 1,240 metres deep and has been upgraded and re-commissioned. The main personnel and material winder has been upgraded and modernized to meet international industry standards and safety criteria. The Shaft 5 rock-hoisting winder also is fully operational with new rock skips, new head- and tail-ropes, and attachments installed. The two newly-manufactured rock conveyances (skips) and the supporting frames (bridles) have been installed in the shaft to facilitate the hoisting of rock from the main ore and waste storage silos feeding rock on the 1,200-metre level.

The main haulage way on the 1,150-metre level, between the Big Zinc access decline and Shaft 5 rock load-out facilities, has been resurfaced with concrete so the mine now can use modern, trackless, mobile machinery. A new truck-tipping bin, which feeds into the large-capacity rock crusher located directly below, has been installed on this level. The old winder at P2 Shaft has been removed and construction of the new foundation, along with assembly and installation of the new modern winder, has been completed and fully commissioned after passing safety inspection and testing procedures.

4. DRC Western Foreland Exploration Project
100%-owned by Ivanhoe Mines
Democratic Republic of Congo

Ivanhoe’s DRC exploration group is targeting Kamoa-Kakula-style copper mineralization through a regional exploration and drilling program on its 100%-owned Western Foreland exploration licences, located to the north, south and west of the Kamoa-Kakula Project. Exploration activities on the Western Foreland's exploration project in DRC will continue with a 2020 budget of $8 million, of which approximately $4.5 million remains for the rest of the year.

In Q1 2020, six holes were drilled at the at Makoko prospect, totalling of 2,103 metres. In late Q1, drilling was suspended on the Western Foreland exploration licences due to excessive rains hampering access to drilling sites and in response to the preventative measures implemented by the company to protect its employees and drilling contractors from COVID-19. During Q2 2020, the geology team commenced exploration on eight new Ivanhoe Mines exploration licences (PR14543 – PR14550) in the Western Foreland region. This work involved establishing an exploration centre on each of the licences, and conducting a minimum of ten days, ground-based geological work, focused on channel and field mapping and stream and grab sampling. Follow up work on licences PR14546 and PR14547 continued after the submission of seven exploration reports to the DRC government. 

High-resolution satellite imagery, aster data and 2.5-metre resolution Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data was acquired over the Western Foreland licence area. Planning for a high-resolution magnetic and radiometric survey was completed, and planning for an airborne gravity survey is ongoing. Both geophysical surveys are planned to commence in Q3 2020. The goal of this work is to understand the magnetic and density characteristics of the different lithologies and stratigraphy over the broader exploration area.

SELECTED QUARTERLY FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The following table summarizes selected financial information for the prior eight quarters. Ivanhoe had no operating revenue in any financial reporting period and did not declare or pay any dividend or distribution in any financial reporting period.

DISCUSSION OF RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Review of the three months ended June 30, 2020 vs. June 30, 2019

The company recorded a total comprehensive income of $0.3 million for Q2 2020 compared to an income of $8.1 million for the same period in 2019.

Salary and benefits of $5.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020 was $2.8 million for the same period in 2019. The increase was due to the severance payments made to outgoing members of senior management, as the company reduced its senior management headcount. This was partly offset by the voluntary salary reductions agreed to by remaining senior management.

Finance income for Q2 2020, amounted to $18.7 million, and was $1.8 million more than for the same period in 2019 ($16.9 million). Included in finance income is the interest earned on loans to the Kamoa Holding joint venture to fund operations that amounted to $16.4 million for Q2 2020, and $12.7 million for the same period in 2019, interest increased as the accumulated loan balance increased. Interest received on cash and cash equivalents decreased due to interest rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve, even though the company had a higher cash balance during Q2 2020.

Exploration and project expenditure amounted to $9.0 million in Q2 2020 and $3.3 million for the same period in 2019. While all the exploration and project expenditure incurred in Q2 2019 related to exploration at Ivanhoe’s 100%-owned Western Foreland exploration licences, Q2 2020 also included $7.5 million spent at the Kipushi Project which incurred limited costs of a capital nature in the quarter due to reduced activities. The main classes of expenditure at the Kipushi Project in Q2 2020 and Q2 2019 are set out in the following table:

The company’s share of losses from the Kamoa Holding joint venture increased from $6.2 million in Q2 2019 to $6.6 million in Q2 2020. The following table summarizes the company’s share of the losses of Kamoa Holding for the three months ended June 30, 2020, and for the same period in 2019:

The finance costs in the Kamoa Holding joint venture relates to shareholder loans where each shareholder is required to fund Kamoa Holding in an amount equivalent to its proportionate shareholding interest. The company is advancing Crystal River’s portion on its behalf in return for an increase in the promissory note due to Ivanhoe.

Review of the six months ended June 30, 2020 vs. June 30, 2019

The company recorded a total comprehensive loss of $76.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to an income of $11.5 million for the same period in 2019. The comprehensive loss for the six months ended June 30, 2020 included an exchange loss on translation of foreign operations of $53.9 million, resulting from the weakening of the South African Rand by 24% from December 31, 2019, to June 30, 2020, compared to an exchange gain on translation of foreign operations recognized for the same period in 2019 of $5.8 million.

Finance income for the six months ended June 30, 2020, amounted to $39.5 million, and was $6.8 million more than for the same period in 2019 ($32.7 million). Included in finance income is the interest earned on loans to the Kamoa Holding joint venture to fund operations that amounted to $32.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, and $24.7 million for the same period in 2019, interest increased as the accumulated loan balance increased. Interest received on cash and cash equivalents for the six months ended June 30, 2020 amounted to $3.5 million and was $2.6 million less than for the same period in 2019 ($6.1 million).

Exploration and project expenditure amounted to $21.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and $4.7 million for the same period in 2019. While all the exploration and project expenditure incurred in 2019 related to exploration at Ivanhoe’s 100%-owned Western Foreland exploration licences, 2020 also included $17.5 million spent at the Kipushi Project which was on reduced activities and incurred limited cost of a capital nature in the year to date. The main classes of expenditure at the Kipushi Project for the six months ended June 30, 2020, and for the same period in 2019 are set out in the following table:

The company’s share of losses from the Kamoa Holding joint venture increased from $12.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 to $13.3 million for the same period 2020. The following table summarizes the company’s share of the losses of Kamoa Holding for the six months ended June 30 2020, and for the same period in 2019:

Financial position as at June 30, 2020 vs. December 31, 2019

The company’s total assets decreased by $76.7 million, from $2,444.7 million as at December 31, 2019, to $2,368.0 million as at June 30, 2020. The company utilized $37.5 million of its cash resources in its operations and received interest of $3.5 million on cash and cash equivalents during the six months ended June 30 2020.

Property, plant and equipment decreased by $34.0 million, from $421.1 million as at December 31, 2019, to $387.1 million as at June 30, 2020. The decrease resulted from the foreign exchange translation of property, plant and equipment of non-dollar operations of $51.6 million due to the weakening of the South African Rand by 24% from December 31, 2019, to June 30, 2020. A total of $19.8 million was spent on project development and to acquire other property, plant and equipment, $18.5 million of which pertained to development costs and other acquisitions of property, plant and equipment at the Platreef Project.

The main components of the additions to property, plant and equipment - including capitalized development costs - at the Platreef Project for the six months ended June 30, 2020, and for the same period in 2019, are set out in the following table:

Costs incurred at the Platreef Project are deemed necessary to bring the project to commercial production and are therefore capitalized as property, plant and equipment.

The company’s investment in the Kamoa Holding joint venture increased by $162.4 million from $912.6 million as at December 31, 2019, to $1,075.0 million as at June 30, 2020, with each of the current shareholders funding the operations equivalent to their proportionate shareholding interest. The company’s portion of the Kamoa Holding joint venture cash calls amounted to $143.0 million during the six months ending June 30, 2020, while the company’s share of losses from the joint venture amounted to $13.3 million.

The company’s investment in the Kamoa Holding joint venture can be broken down as follows:

 The Kamoa Holding joint venture principally uses loans advanced to it by its shareholders to advance the Kamoa-Kakula Project through investing in development costs and other property, plant and equipment, as well as continuing with exploration. This can be evidenced by the movement in the company’s share of net assets in the Kamoa Holding joint venture which can be broken down as follows:

The Kamoa Holding joint venture’s net increase in property, plant and equipment from December 31, 2019, to June 30, 2020, amounted to $224.9 million and can be further broken down as follows:

The company’s total liabilities decreased by $10.1 million to $71.8 million as at June 30, 2020, from $81.9 million as at December 31, 2019, due to a $10.4 million decrease in trade and other payables.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

The company had $496.2 million in cash and cash equivalents as at June 30, 2020. At this date, the company had consolidated working capital of approximately $544.8 million, compared to $688.5 million at December 31, 2019.

Since December 8, 2015, each shareholder in Kamoa Holding has been required to fund Kamoa Holding in an amount equivalent to its proportionate shareholding interest. The company is advancing Crystal River’s portion on its behalf in return for an increase in the promissory note due to Ivanhoe.

The Platreef Project’s current expenditure is being funded solely by Ivanhoe, through an interest bearing loan to Ivanplats, as the Japanese consortium has elected not to contribute to current expenditures.

The company is in the process of reducing its global office footprint and its corporate and senior management headcount, in addition to implementing several other company-wide, cash-saving measures. Ivanhoe’s head office will remain in Sandton (South Africa) and be supported by satellite offices in Beijing (China) and London (United Kingdom). The company has budgeted to spend $11.1 million on corporate overheads for the remainder of 2020.

Ivanhoe’s board of directors allocated a reduced 2020 budget of $41.7 million for the Platreef Project, of which $23.4 million is allocated for the remainder of 2020, where the sinking of Platreef’s Shaft 1 has recently been completed. The company also allocated a reduced 2020 budget of $28.7 million for the Kipushi Project, of which $13.5 million is allocated for the remainder of 2020. Exploration activities on the Western Foreland's exploration project in DRC will continue with a 2020 budget of $8.0 million, of which $4.5 million is allocated for the remainder of 2020. At the Kamoa-Kakula Project, the priority remains the continuation of mine development work at Kakula where initial copper concentrate production is scheduled for the third quarter of 2021. The company has budgeted $257 million for its proportionate funding of the Kamoa-Kakula Project for the remainder of 2020.

As Ivanhoe continues to advance its projects, the company’s management has reviewed and assessed numerous alternatives to finance its share of construction costs for the Kakula Copper Mine and to advance exploration and development initiatives at its other projects in Southern Africa. These alternatives include, but are not limited to, existing liquidity sources, including cash, receivables and investments, selling assets, project financing, streaming or royalty transactions, equipment and debt financing. While Ivanhoe expects that it will continue to have sufficient cash resources or project-related financing options available to cover its share of the initial capital costs at the Kakula Mine, the company will continue to seek out and review opportunities presented to Ivanhoe, having regard to the best interests of Ivanhoe as well as to Ivanhoe’s operations and financial position, industry conditions and geopolitical considerations.

This news release should be read in conjunction with Ivanhoe Mines’ unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis report for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 available at www.ivanhoemines.com and at www.sedar.com.

Qualified Person

Disclosures of a scientific or technical nature regarding the revised capital expenditure and development scenarios at the Kamoa-Kakula Project in this news release have been reviewed and approved by Steve Amos, who is considered, by virtue of his education, experience and professional association, a Qualified Person under the terms of NI 43-101. Mr. Amos is not considered independent under NI 43-101 as he is the Head of the Kamoa Project. Mr. Amos has verified the technical data disclosed in this news release.

Other disclosures of a scientific or technical nature in this news release have been reviewed and approved by Stephen Torr, who is considered, by virtue of his education, experience and professional association, a Qualified Person under the terms of NI 43-101. Mr. Torr is not considered independent under NI 43-101 as he is the Vice President, Project Geology and Evaluation. Mr. Torr has verified the other technical data disclosed in this news release.

Ivanhoe has prepared a current, independent, NI 43-101-compliant technical report for each of the Platreef Project, the Kipushi Project and the Kamoa-Kakula Project, which are available under the company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com:

  • The Kamoa-Kakula 2020 Resource Update dated March 25, 2020, prepared by OreWin Pty Ltd., Wood plc, DRA Global, SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd and Stantec Consulting International LLC, covering the Company’s Kamoa-Kakula Project;
  • The Platreef 2017 Feasibility Study Technical Report dated September 4, 2017, prepared by DRA Global, OreWin Pty. Ltd., Amec Foster Wheeler, Stantec Consulting, Murray & Roberts Cementation, SRK Consulting, Golder Associates, and Digby Wells Environmental, covering the company’s Platreef Project; and
  • The Kipushi 2019 Mineral Resource Update dated March 28, 2019, prepared by OreWin Pty Ltd., MSA Group (Pty) Ltd., SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd and MDM (Technical) Africa Pty Ltd. (a division of Wood PLC), covering the company’s Kipushi Project.

These technical reports include relevant information regarding the effective dates and the assumptions, parameters and methods of the mineral resource estimates on the Platreef Project, the Kipushi Project and the Kamoa-Kakula Project cited in this news release, as well as information regarding data verification, exploration procedures and other matters relevant to the scientific and technical disclosure contained in this news release in respect of the Platreef Project, Kipushi Project and Kamoa-Kakula Project. Additional information regarding the company, including the company’s Annual Information Form, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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Forward-looking statements

Certain statements in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements” or “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Such statements and information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company, its projects, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information. Such statements can be identified by the use of words such as “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “intend”, “expect”, “believe”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “scheduled”, “forecast”, “predict” and other similar terminology, or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. These statements reflect the company’s current expectations regarding future events, performance and results and speak only as of the date of the company’s Q2 2020 MD&A.

Such statements include without limitation, the timing and results of: (i) statements regarding  first copper concentrate production at the Kakula Mine in Q3 2021; (ii) statements regarding the pace of underground development at the Kakula Mine is expected to continue to accelerate as additional mining crews are mobilized; (iii)  statements regarding Kakula’s high-grade stockpile is projected to significantly expand in the coming months as the majority of Kakula’s underground development will be in mining zones grading +5% copper; (iv) statements regarding the expectation that Kakula’s high pressure grinding rolls (HPGR), flotation cells and thickeners are expected to arrive on site before the end of August 2020; (v) statements regarding refurbishment of six turbines at the Mwadingusha hydro-electric power plant and associated 220-kilovolt infrastructure is progressing and that three turbines are expected to be operational by December 2020, the remaining three in Q1 2021, and the refurbished plant is projected to deliver approximately 72 megawatts of power to the national grid; (vi) statements regarding a phased development production plan for the Platreef Project that targets significantly lower initial capital, to accelerate first production by using Shaft 1 as the mine’s initial production shaft, followed by expansions to the production rate as outlined in the 2017 definitive feasibility study (DFS); (vii) statements regarding the planned expansion in initial plant capacity at Kakula from 3.0 Mtpa to 3.8 Mtpa and the planned increase in the underground mining crews in 2020 from 11 to 14 to ensure sufficient mining operations to feed the expanded plant throughput; (viii) statements regarding the updated estimate of Kakula’s initial capital costs is approximately $1.3 billion as of January 1, 2019, which assumes commissioning of the processing plant in Q3 2021 and includes expanded plant capacity and pre-production ore stockpiles; (ix) statements that the Kamoa-Kakula joint venture had an estimated $750 million of capital costs remaining until initial production; (x) statements regarding the planned mining methods at Platreef will use highly productive, mechanized methods, including long-hole stoping and drift-and-fill mining, and that each method will utilize cemented backfill for maximum ore extraction; (xi) statements regarding an independent DFS for the Kakula Mine is well advanced and is expected to be finalized shortly, and at the same time, Ivanhoe expects to issue an Integrated Development Plan for the entire Kamoa-Kakula mining complex, which will include details on the planned expansion phases for the greater Kamoa-Kakula mining complex, incorporating updates for mineral resources, production rates and economic analysis; (xii) statements regarding the forthcoming Kakula DFS will incorporate detailed design, engineering and procurement, with the plans to increase the initial processing plant ore capacity from 3.0 Mtpa to 3.8 Mtpa;  (xiii) statements regarding Ivanhoe’s expectation that it will continue to have sufficient cash resources or project-related financing options available to cover its share of the initial capital costs; (xiv) statements regarding timing and duration of reduced activities at the Platreef and Kipushi projects; (xv) statements regarding the expected expenditure for the remainder of 2020 of $23.4 million on further development at the Platreef Project; $13.5 million at the Kipushi Project; $4.5 million on regional exploration in the DRC; and $11.1 million on corporate overheads – as well as its proportionate funding of the Kamoa-Kakula Project, expected to be $257 million for the remainder of 2020.

As well, all of the results of the pre-feasibility study for the Kakula copper mine and the updated and expanded Kamoa-Kakula Project preliminary economic assessment, the feasibility study of the Platreef Project and the pre-feasibility study of the Kipushi Project, constitute forward-looking statements or information, and include future estimates of internal rates of return, net present value, future production, estimates of cash cost, proposed mining plans and methods, mine life estimates, cash flow forecasts, metal recoveries, estimates of capital and operating costs and the size and timing of phased development of the projects. Furthermore, with respect to this specific forward-looking information concerning the development of the Kamoa-Kakula, Platreef and Kipushi projects, the company has based its assumptions and analysis on certain factors that are inherently uncertain. Uncertainties include: (i) the adequacy of infrastructure; (ii) geological characteristics; (iii) metallurgical characteristics of the mineralization; (iv) the ability to develop adequate processing capacity; (v) the price of copper, nickel, zinc, platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold; (vi) the availability of equipment and facilities necessary to complete development; (vii) the cost of consumables and mining and processing equipment; (viii) unforeseen technological and engineering problems; (ix) accidents or acts of sabotage or terrorism; (x) currency fluctuations; (xi) changes in regulations; (xii) the compliance by joint venture partners with terms of agreements; (xiii) the availability and productivity of skilled labour; (xiv) the regulation of the mining industry by various governmental agencies; (xv) the ability to raise sufficient capital to develop such projects; (xiv) changes in project scope or design, and (xv) political factors.

This news release also contains references to estimates of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves. The estimation of Mineral Resources is inherently uncertain and involves subjective judgments about many relevant factors. Estimates of Mineral Reserves provide more certainty but still involve similar subjective judgments. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The accuracy of any such estimates is a function of the quantity and quality of available data, and of the assumptions made and judgments used in engineering and geological interpretation (including estimated future production from the company’s projects, the anticipated tonnages and grades that will be mined and the estimated level of recovery that will be realized), which may prove to be unreliable and depend, to a certain extent, upon the analysis of drilling results and statistical inferences that ultimately may prove to be inaccurate. Mineral Resource or Mineral Reserve estimates may have to be re-estimated based on: (i) fluctuations in copper, nickel, zinc, platinum group elements (PGE), gold or other mineral prices; (ii) results of drilling; (iii) metallurgical testing and other studies; (iv) proposed mining operations, including dilution; (v) the evaluation of mine plans subsequent to the date of any estimates and/or changes in mine plans; (vi) the possible failure to receive required permits, approvals and licences; and (vii) changes in law or regulation.

Forward-looking statements and information involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indicators of whether or not such results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements or information, including, but not limited to, the factors discussed below and under “Risk Factors”, and elsewhere in the company’s MD&A for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, as well as unexpected changes in laws, rules or regulations, or their enforcement by applicable authorities; the failure of parties to contracts with the company to perform as agreed; social or labour unrest; changes in commodity prices; and the failure of exploration programs or studies to deliver anticipated results or results that would justify and support continued exploration, studies, development or operations.

Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management of the company believes are reasonable assumptions, the company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Subject to applicable securities laws, the company does not assume any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this news release.

The company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of the factors set forth in the “Risk Factors” section and elsewhere in the company’s MD&A for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.

加拿大多伦多艾芬豪矿业 (TSX: IVN; OTCQX: IVPAF) 今天公布其截至 2020630日止六个月的财务业绩。艾芬豪矿业是一家加拿大的矿业公司,目前正开发其位于非洲南部的三大矿山项目﹕位于刚果民主共和国(以下简称刚果”) 的卡莫阿-卡库拉(Kamoa-Kakula) 铜矿、位于南非的普拉特瑞夫(Platreef) -----铑矿,以及同样位于刚果、久负盛名的基普什(Kipushi) ----锗矿山的全面复产工程。
同时,艾芬豪正在其全资拥有、毗邻卡莫阿-卡库拉采矿许可范围的西部前沿勘探(Western Foreland) 许可范围内寻找新的铜矿。所有金额均以美元为单位,除非另有说明。

重点﹕

  • 卡库拉铜矿是卡莫阿-卡库拉项目多个计划开采范围中的首产矿山,开发进度表现优异,并计划于2021年第三季度实现首批铜精矿的生产。项目是艾芬豪矿业(占股39.6%)、紫金矿业集团(占股39.6%)、晶河全球(占股0.8%) 及刚果民主共和国政府(占股20%) 共同持有的合资项目。
  • 卡库拉矿山预期将会成为全球最高品位的主要铜矿,初始产能为年处理矿量380万吨,预计投产后的前5年运营期间处理的原矿平均铜品位达6%以上。以用水、电能、尾矿和每单位铜二氧化碳排放量计算,卡库拉将会是全球对于能源消耗和破坏最小的矿山之一。
  • 卡莫阿-卡库拉项目是独一无二的,拥有矿体厚大、接近地表和相对平缓的矿床及超​​高的铜品位,适合进行大规模和高效的机械化地下采矿作业。卡莫阿-卡库拉属于超高铜品位的地下矿,与目前世界上其它地区正在运营或开发的大型低品位露天斑岩铜矿山相比,仅需利用少量的电力、水源和消耗品,且产生的尾矿少之甚少。
  • 卡莫阿-卡库拉项目将会使用清洁、可再生的水电。位于刚果的Mwadingusha水电厂目前正进行修缮工程,预计将于2021年初可向国家电网提供约 72 兆瓦的电能。
  • 在三月初,艾芬豪与其合资伙伴实施了严格的检疫和安全防控流程,以保护员工、承包商和当地社区居民的健康,并极大程度降低了COVID-19对运营造成的影响。以保证卡莫阿-卡库拉矿山得以不间断地推进建设工作。为对应南非政府的限制,普拉特瑞夫项目于3月暂停了矿山开发活动,4月底在精简人手并遵从严格安全规程的情况下恢复了运营。基普什项目继续暂停开发作业,以减少员工和当地社区居民的风险。
  • 艾芬豪于20204月公布多项降低成本的举措,预期2021年度可实现最多7,500万美元的节流。该等举措包括降低公司项目的非强制性支出、缩减行政管理费用以及公司间接费用、高管自愿减薪以及推迟部分勘探活动。节省的开支将会用于卡库拉矿山的开发,确保其按照计划和预算推进建设,直至实现商业生产。
  • 截至6月底,艾芬豪拥有约4.96亿美元的现金和现金等价物,且未承担任何重大债务。
  • 艾芬豪矿业于202068日发布第三份年度可持续发展报告,展示了公司致力于将卡库拉矿山打造成为生产世界上最环保铜金属所做出的成就。
  • 同步于卡库拉铜矿的开发和建设,卡库拉的独立最终可行性研究(DFS) 和卡莫阿-卡库拉矿群的综合开发计划更新版已接近完成,并预计于近期发布。由于多数建设合同和重大资本项目的订单价格已定,卡库拉的最终可行性研究将为卡库拉年处理量380万吨的首采矿提供非常准确的经济数据。综合开发计划将包括卡莫阿-卡库拉矿群后续扩产的详细计划。
  • 目前,卡莫阿-卡库拉正与多方就铜精矿的销售和冶炼方案进行详细研讨。由于卡库拉的产品为品位极高的清洁铜精矿,这将会是全球各地铜冶炼厂渴求的高品质产品。冶金试验结果显示,按全球标准,卡库拉精矿的含砷量极低,约为0.01%。凭借此核心的销售竞争优势,预计将吸引铜精矿贸易商以可观的溢价购买卡莫阿的精矿,用于与其他矿山的精矿混合。
  • 201911日公布的信息一致,卡库拉项目最新的初期资本开支的估算仍为13 亿美元。前提是第一座选矿厂于2021年第三季度进行试生产,并包括了投产前的堆矿量,。卡莫阿-卡库拉合资企业在 2019 年产生的资本开支达到 3.091 亿美元。截至2020630日止六个月产生了额外2.427亿美元的资本开支,因此合资企业在首期投产之前还有约7.5亿美元的资本开支。
  • 卡莫阿-卡库拉计划从年处理矿石量380万吨提升到760万吨的第二序列扩建,基本工程设计和成本估算已经完成。工程设施范围包括卡库拉矿山的地下扩建已​​达到600万吨年产率、将Kansoko的采矿作业提升至年处理矿石量160万吨的稳态生产、在卡库拉矿山建设第二座年处理量380万吨的选矿厂,以及支持各个矿场实施扩建的相关地表基础设施。
  • 卡库拉铜矿的地下开发持续快速推进,截至7月底已完成了18.7公里以上的地下开拓工程,超过既定目标5.5公里。矿山将安排更多采掘班组以进一步加快建设进度。
  • 卡库拉的输送系统将会把矿石从地下输送到地表选矿厂,每小时可输送2,000吨矿石。系统现正进行最终调试,预计很快将开始平稳运行,进一步加快地下开拓工程的步伐。
  • 目前,卡库拉矿山的地下开拓工程主要集中在铜品位在3%5%之间的矿区。在接下来的34个月,大部分的矿山开拓工程将会延伸到卡库拉矿床中心附近的矿段,届时出矿的铜品位约在5%8%之间。
  • 截至20207月底,项目的高品位堆场已储备矿石量约116,000吨,铜品位为6.08%。卡库拉和Kansoko的中品位堆场合共储备额外矿石量446,000吨,铜品位2.73%。在接下来的几个月,卡库拉和Kansoko矿山将继续推进地下开发,预计项目的中品位矿堆将会提升铜品位至3%5%之间。
  • 卡库拉年处理矿石量 380 万吨初始选矿厂的施工进展顺利,至今已灌入16,000立方米以上的混凝土。结构钢的组装和机械设备的安装也正在顺利进行。
  • 选矿厂的所有长周期设备的制造已经完成,且碎石机、低雾沫浮选机和精矿压滤机已运抵现场。最后运送的球磨机、高压辊磨机、浮选机和浓密机预计于8月份抵达。
  • 南非普拉特瑞夫钯-----铑顶级项目的第一个竖井(1号竖井)已掘进地表以下约 996 米的最终深度。
  • 普拉特瑞夫项目的分阶段开发生产方案将近完成,以大幅减低初期资本为目标,利用1号竖井作为矿山的首采井以加速投产,然后再扩产至2017年最终可行性研究报告的设计生产规模。
  • 同时,艾芬豪正在更新普拉特瑞夫项目的最终可行性研究报告,涵盖2017年最终可行性研究报告完成以来的开发进展、成本更新以及金属价格和外汇假设调整。最终可行性研究和分阶段开发生产方案定于20209月发布。
  • 2020727日,艾芬豪宣布对于其全资拥有、毗邻刚果民主共和国(以下简称刚果”) 卡莫阿-卡库拉采矿许可区的西部前沿项目、其位于刚果的基普什锌----锗矿山及其位于南非布什维尔德火成杂岩地带北部的普拉特瑞夫钯-----金矿项目,已展开并将持续讨论其战略性开发方案。
  • 截至20206月底,卡莫阿-卡库拉已连续470 万个工时没有发生失时工伤,普拉特瑞夫已连续119,686个工时没有发生失时工伤,而基普什已连续249万个工时没有发生失时工伤。
  • 由于加拿大联邦政府和省政府因COVID-19疫情对公众集会实施限制,艾芬豪将其年度股东大会推迟。最新的年度股东大会日期已定为2020928日。

主要项目及活动回顾
1. 卡莫阿-卡库拉项目
艾芬豪矿业持有 39.6% 权益
位于刚果民主共和国
卡莫阿-卡库拉项目是艾芬豪矿业与紫金矿业的合资企业,被国际矿业咨询公司伍德曼肯兹(Wood Mackenzie) 评为全球第 4 大铜矿。该项目位于科卢韦齐 (Kolwezi) 镇以西约 25 公里处,在卢本巴希 (Lubumbashi) 以西约 270 公里处。
2015年12月,艾芬豪以总股价 4.12 亿美元向紫金矿业出售卡莫阿控股有限公司 (以下简称 “卡莫阿控股”) 49.5% 的权益。另外,艾芬豪以 832 万美元向私营公司晶河全球出售卡莫阿控股 1% 的权益,晶河全球将以十年期无息本票支付。与紫金的交易在2015年12月完成后,每位股东必须按其持有卡莫阿控股的股权比例支付卡莫阿-卡库拉项目的支出。
根据 2002 年刚果矿业法,卡莫阿-卡库拉项目的5%不可稀释权益已于2012年9月11日无条件让予刚果政府。根据2016年11月与刚果政府签订的协议,卡莫阿-卡库拉项目的额外15% 权益已转予刚果政府,艾芬豪与紫金矿业目前各自间接持有卡莫阿-卡库拉项目39.6% 的权益,晶河全球间接持有0.8% 权益,而刚果政府则直接持有20% 权益。卡莫阿控股直接持有项目 80% 权益。

卡莫阿-卡库拉的职业健康与安全
截至 2020 年6月底,卡莫阿-卡库拉项目录得合共 4,704,185个零失时工伤工时。项目将继续致力为所有员工和承包商提供零伤害的工作环境。
鉴于COVID-19疫情的影响,项目的活动需要作出调整。根据刚果政府鉴于卢拉巴省COVID-19疫情有所改善而作出的最新卫生指引,卡莫阿-卡库拉于7月27日已将其检疫和封锁措施从第3级降低到第2级,即表示矿山的刚果员工已经恢复正常的转换安排。矿区大多数活动都已回复正常,但由于驻场员工和技工人数减少而造成一些延迟。矿山继续实施防疫措施如严格测试、保持距离、常戴口罩、经常洗手和接触者追踪调查等,以保护员工和社区成员的安全和健康。所有外籍员工抵达卡莫阿-卡库拉后仍需进行检疫隔离两个星期。

作为卡莫阿-卡库拉的COVID-19应对举措的一部分,矿山已从德国博世公司采购了一台聚合酶链式反应技术 (简称PCR) 设备(类似于GeneXpert的设备)。该核酸检测设备已于7月运抵矿场,初步可做500次检测,每24小时可进行15次检测。

PCR检测可直接检出抗原的存在,而并非人体免疫反应或抗体的存在。通过检测体内的病毒核酸 (在抗体形成或出现病症之前已存在体内),PCR检测可判断患者是否早已感染病毒。

目前最重要的是及早测试出现病症和曾与患者接触的潜在感染者。项目的医疗团队可透过PCR检测得知相关人士是否感染。这样可以尽快将其隔离,同时追查其他潜在感染者且实施检疫。

项目已在卡莫阿营地建设COVID-19隔离设施。任何疑似或出现病症的人员都将会安排到该设施,进行隔离、检测和治疗。患者康复且不再具传染性后,只能在项目医务人员订立的额外隔离观察期后才可返回工作岗位。随着疫情的变化,卡莫阿-卡库拉的医疗队伍正积极审阅和更新其疫情防控方案。

卡库拉矿山的最终可行性研究接近完成
卡库拉矿山的独立最终可行性研究 (DFS) 进展顺利且预计快将完成。同时,艾芬豪预计将会发布卡莫阿-卡库拉矿群的综合开发计划更新版,将包括卡莫阿-卡库拉矿群后续扩产的计划细节,并将纳入最新的矿产资源、生产规模和经济分析数据。
艾芬豪同步已完成了一项关于矿场冶炼厂的独立研究,范围达到可行性水平。该研究将纳入卡莫阿-卡库拉的综合初步经济评估。
卡库拉矿山计划将初始选厂产能从年处理量300 万吨提升至380 万吨,这需要在2020 年将地下采矿人员的人数从11 人增加至14 人,以确保完成对应的采矿作业,为扩产后的选矿厂供给足量的矿石。这也将帮助选矿厂在投产之前配备更大规模的地表矿堆或矿石量,从而加快矿山建设进度,并为提早开启卡库拉第二序列的开发奠定了基础。第二序列新增的380万吨选矿产能将主要由扩产至600万吨年开采量的卡库拉矿山供给矿石,并计划从Kansoko矿山或其他矿区提供额外160万吨年开采量的矿石,以充分释放将达到的760 万吨矿石加工能力。
目前共有10支采矿队伍 (3支业主队伍和7支承包商队伍) 在卡库拉矿山和1支采矿队伍在Kansoko矿山进行采矿活动。在未来12个月,项目将继续增加采矿队伍以加快开采进度。目前,1支队伍正在卡莫阿训练中心进行培训。
截至7月底已完成的地下开拓工程 (黑色),以及计划在2020930日前完成的开拓工程 (绿色、棕色、蓝色和黑色)。图中显示铜品位3%5%8%的等值线,以及计划于2020年第四季度完成连接的南北运输通道位置 (红星)

卡库拉矿山东部地区的矿体走向长度占卡库拉矿床总长度13.3公里的将近一半,其地下作业的规模之大,相当于可以覆盖曼哈顿岛南部区域。

卡库拉矿山的鸟瞰图,显示投产前的堆矿量和品位。目前,高品位矿堆储备矿石量约116,000吨,铜品位6.08%。中品位矿堆储备矿石量约325,000吨,铜品位2.94%

地质学家Kally Mbumba展示了卡库拉矿山富辉铜矿的超高品位矿石。在所有常见的含硫化铜矿物中,辉铜矿的铜比例最高。以重量计算,其主要化合物硫化銅的铜含量接近80%

目前,卡库拉的工作人员正在铜品位3%至8%的矿段进行开采并运往堆场上。截至2020年6月底,卡库拉高品位的投产前矿堆已储备矿石量67,553吨,铜品位5.90%。含卡库拉南部和Kansoko矿山的卫星堆场在内,中品位矿堆已储备额外矿石量394,119 吨,铜品位2.71%。截至2020年7月底,矿堆量已有所增加 — 高品位的投产前矿堆储备矿石量约116,000吨,铜品位6.08%,而中品位矿堆储备额外矿石量446,000吨,铜品位2.73%。未来几个月,由于卡库拉的地下开发将主要集中在铜品位超过5%的矿段,预计其高品位矿堆将得到大量扩充。

卡莫阿-卡库拉计划从年处理量380万吨提升到760万吨的扩建,基本工程设计和成本估算已经完成。工程设施范围包括卡库拉矿山的地下扩建以​​达到600万吨年产率、将Kansoko的采矿作业提升至年处理量160万吨的稳态生产、在卡库拉矿山建设第二座年处理量380万吨的选矿厂,以及支持各个矿场实施扩建的相关地表基础设施。

施工中的卡库拉年处理量380万吨选矿厂的浮选厂区域

施工中的卡库拉年处理量380万吨选矿厂的浮选厂区域。

截至2019年1月1日,假设第一座选矿厂于2021 年第三季度进行试生产,并包括了选矿厂扩产以及投产前矿石堆场的成本,项目的初期资本开支的最新估算约13亿美元。

卡莫阿-卡库拉合资企业在 2019 年产生的资本开支达到 3.091 亿美元, 其中 1.252 亿美元花费在卡库拉斜坡道和矿山开发。截至2020年6月30日止6个月产生了额外2.427亿美元的资本开支,其中包括用于投产前矿石堆场的开支。截至2020年6月30日止6个月,艾芬豪应承担的资本开支份额为1.2亿美元,相等于初期资本开支约40% 的出资份额,并且按比例承担刚果政府持有的20%股本对应的出资份额,后者将由项目未来的现金流予以偿付。艾芬豪已按约50%出资份额的比例,为卡莫阿-卡库拉项目制定2020 年剩余时间的预算为2.57亿美元。截至2020年6月30日,合资企业在首产之前还有约7.5亿美元的资本开支。

艾芬豪预计将继续持有充足的现金资源或融资方案,以涵盖其应承担的初期资本开支剩余份额。

项目已完成超过18.7公里的地下开发工程,将按计划于 2021 年第三季度实现投产
截至2020年6月底,地下开发已掘进合共17.1公里,比计划领先5.2公里。卡库拉于2020年5月份创下记录掘进1.87公里。截至2020年7月底,已掘进超过18.7公里。
矿山的1号和2号运输通道正朝着矿体的南部开发,施工持续进展顺利,目前正开采铜品位在3%与5%之间的矿段。两条通道是相互连接的平行通道,将通往矿石区。同时,东部外围通道、西部外围通道和房柱式采矿范围的工程也进展理想。
南部1号和2号运输通道的开拓工程进展顺利,并已到达铜品位3%与5%之间的矿段。采矿团队正努力将这两条通道和矿体北部的1号和2号运输通道连接,预计于2020年11月完成。

工程、采购和施工都进展顺利
项目工程和采购活动目前正集中在物流和建设方面,并已接近完成。项目关键巷道的当前主要施工重点是选矿厂的施工和高压电气基础设施的安装。
地下岩石运输系统的施工已经完成,且第一批矿石已于2020年6月运送到地表。
2号通风井的土建施工正在进行中,风机计划于2020年9月抵达,预计系统将于今年年底前开始运行。导孔完成后,东北部通风井的铰孔将开始施工。风机定于2021年第一季度开始运行。目前正采购附加材料,为1号风机移至西北1号位置作准备。

卡库拉选矿厂的其中一台高压辊磨机在南非德班港口卸下,经由卡车运到卡莫阿-卡库拉矿山。

测量师Betty Kabey在卡库拉矿山的东部螺旋通道进行扫描。

房柱式采矿范围的水坝和南部通风井的中央转移水坝正在施工中,预计两个水坝将于2020年第三季度完工。
选矿厂的土建施工进展顺利,至今已灌入16,000立方米以上的混凝土。多个工作区已完工并已交给承包商开始搭建钢架及安装机械设备。在中国铸造的钢铁即将完成,大部份钢铁已运抵现场或在运送途中。浮选厂和浓密机区域已开始搭建钢架。板金和管道的制造进展顺利,部分材料正运送到矿场。
所有长周期机械设备的制造已经完成,且碎石机、低雾沫浮选机和精矿压滤机已运抵现场。最后运送的球磨机、高压辊磨机、浮选机和浓密机预计将于8月底之前送达矿场。

位于地表以下1,050米水平的卡库拉地下水泵站和水坝。第二永久地下水处理系统的施工进展顺利,预计于本月开始运行。新系统将地下泵流量提升每秒800公升,使总装置容量达到每秒1,400公升。

技术员Mukalayi Masengo正在安装地表输送系统的钢架螺栓。输送系统将从地表堆场运送矿石到选矿厂。

矿山从国家电网连接的18兆瓦移动变电站向卡莫阿120千伏架空输电线提供水电能的供给。移动变电站最近从Kansoko矿山移至卡库拉矿山,以增加卡库拉可用的电​​网容量。 220 千伏的永久架空输电线、开关变电站 (NRO变电站) 和卡莫阿用户变电站的施工正在进行中,目标是要在2021年初为矿山提供220千伏的电能。
卡库拉营地的所有新建住房都已完工并安排人员入住,厨房、食堂区和洗衣房的施工快将完成。

Mwadingusha 水电厂正在开展修缮工程,将提供清洁、可再生电能
刚果 Mwadingusha 水电厂的修缮工程取得了显着的进展。剩下两项主要工程包括涡轮机的后期安装以及完成更换压力管道。
目前正在进行的工程,包括安装涡轮机的冷却和电气系统,以及焊接压力管道的阀门。在COVID-19疫情的初期,部份欧洲工程师需要离开矿场因而造成了工程的延误,现在这些工程师正返回矿场。
涡轮机正在逐步重新调试,预计其中3台将于 2020 年12月开始运行,余下的3台预计在2021年第一季度投产。翻新后的水电厂预计将向国家电网提供72 兆瓦的电力。
Mwadingusha水电厂工程由瑞士洛桑的工程公司 STUCKY在艾芬豪矿业和紫金矿业的指导下,与刚果国有电力公司 La Société Nationale d’Electricité (以下简称“SNEL SA”) 合作进行。
一条由Kansoko至SNEL SA高压国家电网的20公里长的120千伏单回路供电线路已于2016年9月兴建完成,连接 Kansoko 矿山、卡库拉矿山和卡莫阿营地至国家水电网。一条由Kansoko至卡库拉的 12 公里长的 120 千伏双回路供电线路已于2017年12月铺设完成。目前已开始设计通风井和矿山的 11 千伏永久电力网络,包括变电站、架空线路和地表电缆。

Mwadingusha水电厂的水坝,将会向刚果国家电网提供清洁、可再生水电。

持续注重社区繁荣以及可持续发展
“卡莫阿-卡库拉可持续民生计划” 致力于项目占地范围内社区的可持续发展。民生计划的主要目标是提升项目占地范围内社区居民的食品安全和生活水平。该计划主要通过养殖水产、家禽生产、养蜂和种植粮食作物的形式来实施,包括玉米、蔬菜和香蕉的种植。随着项目开发活动的日益推进,当地社区居民享受到了大量的就业机会。
“可持续民生计划”始于 2010 年,旨在通过建立农业培训园以及在社区层面为农民提供支持,提升卡莫阿-卡库拉项目占地范围内社区的食品安全和农作物产能。如今,约有 350 位社区农民正受益于“可持续民生计划”,为家人生产着优质食品并出售多余的食品以获得额外收入。
2020 年第二季度实施的其他非农业相关活动包括教育与读写训练计划、延续社区砖块制作计划以及使用太阳能水井向部分当地社区供应淡水。
第二阶段搬迁计划的安置房屋建设正在施工中。最后阶段搬迁计划的调查工作已经完成,并已开始农作物补偿,且发现只有五座永久性建筑物。全部搬迁计划实施完成后,将支持整个卡库拉矿区 (包括尾矿坝) 的建设需要。

一位农民正在蔬菜园除草。卡莫阿-卡库拉可持续民生计划已发展成为规模庞大的业务,计划的数百名受益者从事养鱼、种植玉米和蔬菜、出售家禽和蜂蜜。

卡莫阿-卡库拉可持续民生计划其中一部分,在当地村落Muvunda兴建一所社区诊所。

2.普拉特瑞夫项目
由艾芬豪矿业持股64%
位于南非
普拉特瑞夫项目由 Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd.(简称 “Ivanplats”)持有,该公司的 64% 权益归属于艾芬豪矿业。普拉特瑞夫项目的 26% 权益由 Ivanplats 的《全面提高黑人经济实力法案》(B-BBEE) 的南非受益人持有。这些受益人包括 20 个当地社区,约150,000 位居民、项目雇员和当地企业主。Ivanplats 在最近 B-BBEE 得分卡上的核实评估中达到 4 级贡献者身份。由伊藤忠商事株式会社、日本石油天然气和金属国家公司和日本天然气公司组成的日本财团通过 2 轮投资 (共 2.9 亿美元) 获取了 Ivanplats 的 10% 权益。
普拉特瑞夫项目包含厚大的铂族金属、镍、铜和黄金地下矿床,位于林波波省的布什维尔德火成杂岩地带北部,距离约翰内斯堡东北面约280公里,距离莫科帕内镇约8公里。
普拉特瑞夫矿化带为延伸30多公里的连续矿化,铂族金属矿化主要发生在该矿化带的北部。艾芬豪的普拉特瑞夫项目位于普拉特瑞夫南部,由Turfspruit及Macalacaskop两个相连的矿权组成。位于最北部的 Turfspruit 矿权,邻近且走向属于英美铂金(Anglo Platinum)的 Mogalakwena 矿群。
自2007 年,艾芬豪重点实施勘探和开发活动,以界定和扩展普拉特瑞夫原本矿体的下部延伸范围, 目前已命名为 Flatreef 矿体,且适合高度机械化的地下开采。整个 Flatreef 矿化范围位于 Turfspruit 和 Macalacaskop 矿权范围内,属于公司采矿许可范围的一部分。
作为2020年4月27日公司宣布的成本削减措施的一部分,艾芬豪董事会将普拉特瑞夫项目2020年的总预算下降到4,170万美元,其中2,340万美元是今年的剩余额度。普拉特瑞夫1号竖井的凿井工程最近已经完成,1号竖井将被配置为可永久进行矿石提升。

普拉特瑞夫项目的职业健康与安全
截至2020年第二季度末,根据南非《矿山健康与安全法》(Mine Health and Safety Act) 及《职业健康与安全法》(Occupational Health and Safety Act),普拉特瑞夫项目达到合共119,686个零失时工伤小时。
项目上次录得的失时工伤个案发生在2020年5月18日。2020年,普拉特瑞夫项目仅发生了一宗可记录工伤事故,可记录工伤事故率 (TRIFR) 比去年改善了80%。
为对应南非政府因COVID-19疫情实施的全国封锁令,普拉特瑞夫自2020年3月26日起暂停了其凿井作业,在此期间,一支小型工作队伍负责维护工作并为重启开发做好准备。因政府公布了相关条例修订批准南非矿山50%的人员复工率,普拉特瑞夫自2020年4月21日起逐步增加矿场活动,在严格的防疫措施下恢复凿井作业。
7月中,一名员工出现COVID-19阳性感染,即时被安置在矿场附近设立的项目检疫设施,并已进行接触者追踪调查,曾直接接触患者的人士已被安排隔离。

普拉特瑞夫分阶段开发生产方案和最终可行性研究更新版
艾芬豪目前正在研究普拉特瑞夫项目的分阶段开发生产方案,以大幅减低初期资本为目标,利用1号竖井作为矿场的首采井以加速投产。此方案将专注于首先完成从1号竖井到达采矿区的开发,使这个竖井的提升产能充分释放,然后再逐步提升至最终可行性研究 (DFS) 设计的产能。
同时,艾芬豪正在更新普拉特瑞夫项目的最终可行性研究报告,涵盖自2017年最终可行性研究报告完成以来的开发进展、更新成本以及金属价格和外汇假设调整。这份报告更新版和分阶段开发生产方案的研究计划于2020年第三季度完成。

1号竖井已成功到达地表以下 996 米的最终深度
1号竖井于 2018 年第三季度已成功到达位于地表以下 780.2 米深度的高品位 Flatreef 矿床 (T1 矿化带) 的顶部,现已延伸到地表以下 996 米的最终深度。 1号竖井的矿体(T1 和 T2 矿化带)厚度为 29 米,铂族金属(铂、钯和铑)及黄金的综合品位高达 11 克/吨,并含有大量的镍和铜金属。29 米的钻孔见矿产生了约 3,000 吨矿石,其中估计含有超过 400 盎司的铂族金属。矿石已送往地表堆场以供进一步冶金取样。

普拉特瑞夫团队庆祝1号竖井的掘进工程完工,达到地表以下996米的最终深度。背景是1号竖井的井架。

普拉特瑞夫矿山的示意图,显示FlatreefT1T2厚大的高品位矿化带 (红色和深橙色) 1号竖井和2号竖井至今已完成的地下开发工程 (白色) 和规划的掘进工程(灰色)

750 米水平、850 米水平和950 米水平的工作站都已完工。这三个工作站将会提供前往高品位矿体的初步地下通道。1号竖井变更的详细设计已接近完成,将使1号竖井配置为可永久进行矿石提升。

地下采矿将会采用高生产率的机械方法
目前,普拉特瑞夫采矿计划中的采矿区位于地表以下约 700 米至 1,200 米的深度。2号竖井完工后将会用作通往矿区的主要通道;而1号竖井将会用作次要通道。矿场生产期间,1号和2号竖井将会用作通风入口。规划的另外三个通排风天井将用于实现稳定产量。
计划采矿方法将会采用高效率的机械方法,包括深孔采矿法 (long-hole stoping) 及分层充填采矿法 (drift-and-fill)。两种方法都会采用水泥回填以提取最多的矿石。矿石将会从矿场通过一系列的内部矿石运送点输送到2号竖井的底部,然后进行破碎及提升至地表。

普拉特瑞夫的矿山凿井团队于6月份进行最后一轮的掘进工程,到达地表以下996米的最终深度。

人力资源和职业技能发展

普拉特瑞夫项目的第二个社会和劳动计划 (SLP) 的咨询工作已进入最后阶段。在第二个SLP中,Ivanplats计划以第一个SLP为基础,继续专注于培训和开发计划,其中包括﹕增加15名新导师、向78名员工提供内部技术培训、延续计划向即将退休的员工提供新/其他技术的培训、为项目社区成员提供社区成人教育训练,以及向最少100名社区成员提供核心技术培训以及通用技能等。

当地经济发展项目包括﹕实行市政钻孔计划以开发社区水源、与教育部合作设立教育计划,以及大额资助Mogalakwena市建设卫生基础设施。企业和供应商的发展承诺包括进一步扩展现有的小卖店和洗衣设施,以及增设更衣室设施, 且日后交由社区伙伴负责管理。为期五年的综合业务推进和资助项目,将会帮助有兴趣的社区成员作好业务发展和作为供应商的准备。

3. 基普什项目
艾芬豪矿业持有68%权益
位于刚果民主共和国
位于刚果的基普什铜-锌-锗-银-铅矿山,邻近基普什镇,距离卢本巴希西南面约30公里。基普什矿山位于中非铜矿带,位于卡莫阿-卡库拉项目东南面约 250 公里,距离赞比亚边境不足一公里。 2011年11月,艾芬豪收购了基普什项目 68% 的权益;其余 32% 权益由刚果国有矿业公司 Gécamines 所拥有。
作为2020年4月27日公司宣布的成本削减措施的一部分,艾芬豪董事会将基普什项目2020年的总预算下降到2,870万美元,其中1,350万美元是今年的剩余额度。

职业健康、安全与社区发展
于2020年6月底,基普什项目累积了合共 2,489,853个零失时工伤工时,距离项目上次录得的失时工伤个案发生已超过19个月。
为响应世界各地政府因COVID-19疫情实施的旅行限制和紧急应对措施,基普什已暂停了矿山开发作业,以减少对员工和当地社区居民的风险。项目仍维持着一支精简后的队伍进行维护活动,并保持着抽水作业。
基普什项目设有饮用水供应站为基普什市供水。这包括电力、化学消毒剂、日常维护、保安和紧急修复主要管网的泄漏。其他社区发展项目包括向运营社区捐赠5,000个N95口罩、向卫生区管理层捐赠额外的红外线温度计,并赞助当地电台广播COVID-19的宣传运动。缝纫培训中心项目已开始生产布口罩,目标是每月向运营社区捐赠2,000个口罩。

最终可行性研究接近完成
艾芬豪矿业于2017年12月13日公布的基普什项目预可行性研究估计,初步11 年矿山全寿命期间,平均年生产率达38.1 万吨锌精矿,现金成本总值约每磅锌0.48美元。
预可行性研究的重点(以长期锌价格每磅 1.10 美元计算)包括﹕

  • 税后净现值为 6.83 亿美元,实际贴现率为 8%。
  • 税后实际内部收益率为 35.3%。
  • 税后项目回报期为 2.2 年。
  • 包括预备费用在内的投产前资本开支为 3.37 亿美元。
  • 与新建开发项目相比,利用现有的地表和地下基础设施,可显着降低资本开支。
  • 在矿山全寿命期间,平均年产锌精矿 38.1 万干吨,锌精矿品位 59%。投产后,预计基普什将会成为全世界规模最大的锌矿之一。

除非另有指明,否则所有数字均以 100% 项目为基础进行报告。在矿山全寿命期间,估计每磅锌的平均现金成本为 0.48美元。投产后,预计基普什将会成为世界现金成本最低(成本曲线位于四分位图底部)的锌生产商之一。
基普什项目的最终可行性研究 (DFS) 即将完成,部份设计已进入详细的工程阶段。

Samuel Ndembo (左) 和Mbiya Africa (右) 在基普什处于地表以下850米水平的变电站进行气量测量。

项目开发和基础设施
尽管2020年6月止六个月以来的开发和重建活动受到限制,基普什矿山近年来的地下基础设施翻新工程进展十分理想,为重新开始矿山的商业生产作好准备。这些工程包括在不同深度修建垂直竖井和相关井架,以及地下矿山的挖掘工程和基础设施。一系列的横巷和通风基础设施仍然运作正常,并已清除陈旧的物料和设备,以配合现代化的大规模机械化采矿。地下基础设施还包括一系列高容量的水泵,用于管控竖井涌水,现在矿山水位已经非常易于维持在竖井底部。
5号竖井的直径8米、深 1,240 米,现已进行升级和重新试调。主要的人员和材料卷扬机已升级和现代化改造,以满足全球行业标准和安全标准。5号竖井的岩石卷扬机目前已全面运行,并已安装新的岩石矿兜、新的头尾绳以及附件。竖井已安装两个新制造的岩石运输工具(矿兜)和支撑框架(控制电缆),以方便从主矿提升岩石以及在 1,200 米水平将岩石送入废料储存仓。
大锌斜坡通道与5号竖井出岩设施之间的 1,150 米水平主要运输通道已经重新铺设混凝土,矿山现在可以使用现代化无轨的移动机械进行采矿。新的卡车卸料箱(用于将矿石送入正下方的大容量碎石机)已在这个深度进行了安装。2号竖井的旧卷扬机已移除。现代化的新卷扬机已建设新地基,且组装和安装都已经完成,并在通过安全检验和测试程序后全面运行。

4. 刚果西部前沿(Western Foreland) 勘探项目
艾芬豪矿业全资拥有
位于刚果民主共和国
目前,艾芬豪的刚果勘探团队通过区域性的勘探和钻孔计划,于其全资拥有、位于卡莫阿-卡库拉项目以北、以南和以西的西部前沿勘探许可范围内,重点勘探卡莫阿-卡库拉类型的铜矿化体。刚果西部前沿勘探项目的勘查工作仍旧继续,2020年的总勘查预算为800万美元,其中450万美元是今年的剩余额度。
2020 年第一季度,在 Makoko探矿区完成了 6个钻孔共计 2,103米。在第一季度末,由于降雨量过多阻碍到达目标钻孔位置,加上公司为响应COVID-19实施了防疫措施以保护员工和钻孔承包商,西部前沿勘探许可范围的钻孔工程因此暂时停止。 2020年第二季度,地质团队开始在西部前沿地区勘探8个新的艾芬豪矿业勘探许可范围 (PR14543 – PR14550)。这项作业包括在每一个勘探许可范围建立勘探中心,并且进行为期最少10天的地面地质工作,集中进行通道和实地测绘以及数据流取样和抓样。公司向刚果政府提交7份勘探报告后,已继续跟进PR14546 和 PR14547许可范围的后续工作。
目前已取得西部前沿许可范围的高分辨率卫星图像、ASTER数据和2.5米分辨率的数值高程模型(DEM)数据。高分辨率的磁力测量和辐射测量计划已经完成,现在正在进行空中重力测量的规划。这两项地球物理探测定于2020年第三季度开始,目标是要理解在更广泛勘探范围内不同岩性和地层的磁性和密度特征。

季度财务信息精选
下表总结了前八个季度的财务信息精选。艾芬豪在任何财务报告期间都没有任何经营收入,并且在任何财务报告期间都未声明或支付任何股息或股东红利。

经营业绩讨论
截至2020年6月30日止三个月(对比 2019年6月30日)的回顾
公司于2020年第二季度录得30万美元的综合收益,2019年同期则录得810万美元的收益。
截至2020年6月30日止三个月的薪金和福利为510万美元,2019年同期则为280万美元。增加主要是由于公司削减高管人数而需向离职的高管支付遣散费所致,并因留任高管同意自愿减薪而抵消部份开支。
2020年第二季度的财务收入达1,870万美元,与 2019年同期(1,690万美元)相比高出 180万美元。财务收入已计入2020年第二季度向卡莫阿控股合资企业提供贷款以运营所得的利息收入1,640万美元以及2019年同期所得的利息收入1,270万美元,随着累计贷款余额增加。尽管公司在2020年第二季度拥有更高的现金余额,但由于美联储减息,导致现金和现金等价物所得利息下跌。
2020年第二季度的勘探及项目开支达到了 900万美元,2019年同期达到了330万美元。 2019年第二季度的勘探及项目开支全数用于艾芬豪全资拥有的西部前沿勘探许可范围的勘探活动;2020年第二季度还包括用于基普什项目的750万美元开支,由于项目在该季度减少作业而产生了有限的资本开支。下表列出了2020年第二季度和2019年第二季度基普什项目的主要开支类别﹕

公司为卡莫阿控股合资企业分担的亏损由2019年第二季度的620万美元上升至2020年第二季度的660万美元。下表列出截至2020年6月30日止三个月及2019年同期公司为卡莫阿控股分担的亏损汇总:

卡莫阿控股合资企业的融资成本与股东贷款有关,其中,每位股东均需向卡莫阿控股提供相当于其持股比例权益的资金。公司代表晶河全球继续提供资金,以换取以艾芬豪为受益人的期票的增加。
截至2020630日止六个月(对比 2019630日)的回顾
截至2020年6月30日止六个月,公司录得7,630万美元的综合亏损,2019年同期则录得1,150万美元的收益。截至2020年6月30日止六个月的综合亏损,主要是由于南非兰特从2019年12月31日至2020年6月30日期间贬值24%而导致外汇损失5,390万美元,2019年同期则因为换算海外业务而产生汇兑增益580万美元。
截至2020年6月30日止六个月的财务收入达3,950万美元,与 2019年同期(3,270万美元)相比高出 680万美元。财务收入已计入截至2020年6月30日止六个月向卡莫阿控股合资企业提供贷款以运营所得的利息收入3,270万美元以及2019年同期所得的利息收入2,470万美元,随着累计贷款余额增加。截至2020年6月30日止六个月,现金和现金等价物所得利息达350万美元,与2019年同期 (610万美元) 相比减少260万美元。
截至2020年6月30日止六个月的勘探及项目开支达到了 2,100万美元,2019年同期达到了470万美元。 2019年的勘探及项目开支全数用于艾芬豪全资拥有的西部前沿勘探许可范围的勘探活动;2020年还包括用于基普什项目的1,750万美元开支,由于项目在本年度至今减少作业而产生了有限的资本开支。下表列出了截至2020年6月30日止六个月和2019年同期基普什项目的主要开支类别﹕

公司为卡莫阿控股合资企业分担的亏损由截至2019年6月30日止六个月的1,210万美元上升至截至2020年6月30日止六个月的1,330万美元。下表列出截至2020年6月30日止六个月及2019年同期公司为卡莫阿控股分担的亏损汇总:

截至 2020630日的财务状况对比截至 20191231日的财务状况
截至2020年6月30日,公司的总资产为23.68亿美元,相比截至2019年12月31日的24.447亿美元减少了7,670万美元。截至2020年6月30日止六个月,公司动用了现金资源3,750万美元作运营用途,并获得350万美元的利息收入。
截至2020年6月30日,不动产、厂房和设备总值达3.871亿美元,相比截至2019年12月31日的4.211亿美元减少了3,400万美元,主要是由于南非兰特从2019年12月31日至2020年6月30日期间贬值24%而导致不动产、厂房和设备 (非美元业务) 的外汇损失5,160万美元。共计1,980万美元花费在项目开发及其他不动产、厂房及设备的购买。在这个总额中,1,850万美元涉及普拉特瑞夫项目的开发成本及其他不动产、厂房及设备的购买。
截至2020年6月30日止六个月及2019年同期的普拉特瑞夫项目增购不动产、厂房和设备 (已计入资本化开发成本) 的主要条目详见下表:

普拉特瑞夫项目产生的成本被视为对于使项目迈向商业生产而言是必需的,因此予以资本化为不动产、厂房和设备。
鉴于每位现有股东按其持有的股权比例向卡莫阿控股合资企业注资从而为运营供资,公司向卡莫阿控股合资企业的投资上升了1.624亿美元,从截至2019年12月31日的9.126亿美元到截至2020年6月30日的10.75亿美元。截至 2020年6月30日止六个月期间,公司向卡莫阿控股合资企业的现金出资份额达到1.43亿美元,而公司分担的合资企业亏损达到1,330万美元。
公司对卡莫阿控股合资企业的投资明细如下﹕

卡莫阿控股合资企业主要使用由其股东向其预付的贷款,投资在矿山开发和购买其它不动产、厂房和设备以及持续实施勘探活动,以推进卡莫阿-卡库拉项目。这可以从公司享有的卡莫阿控股合资企业的净资产份额的移动看出来。该净资产份额可分解如下:

卡莫阿控股合资企业的不动产、厂房和设备从 2019年12月31日净增长至 2020年6月30日,达到2.249亿美元,可进一步分解如下:

截至2020年6月30日,公司的总负债为7,180万美元,相比截至 2019年12月31日的8,190 万美元减少了1,010万美元,主要由于贸易及其他应付款项减少1,040万美元所致。

流动资金和资本资源
截至2020年6月30日,公司拥有4.962亿美元的现金和现金等价物。截至该日,公司的综合运营资金约为5.448亿美元,而截至 2019年12月31日则为 6.885亿美元。
自 2015年12月8日 起,每位股东必须按其持有卡莫阿控股的股权比例向卡莫阿控股注资。公司代表晶河全球继续提供资金,以换取以艾芬豪为受益人的期票的增加。
目前,普拉特瑞夫项目的开支由艾芬豪独自供资(通过向 Ivanplats 提供计息贷款),因为日本财团已决定不为当前的开支供资。
公司将会减少其在全球各地的办事处,以及削减企业和高管人员的人数,同时在全公司范围内实施多项现金节流措施。艾芬豪的总部将以南非桑顿为中心,由位于北京和伦敦的办公室进行支持。公司预算在2020年剩余时间花费1,110万美元用于公司经常性开支。
艾芬豪董事会已将普拉特瑞夫项目2020年的预算调低至4,170万美元,年内剩余2,340万美元预算额度,而最近普拉特瑞夫的1号竖井已经完工。另外,公司将基普什项目2020年的预算调低至2,870万美元,年内剩余额度 1,350万美元。位于刚果的西部前沿勘探项目将会继续进行勘探活动,2020年的预算为800万美元,年内剩余额度450万美元。卡莫阿-卡库拉项目将会继续重点开发卡库拉矿山,并计划于2021年第三季度实现首批铜精矿的生产。公司按比例为卡莫阿-卡库拉项目制定2020 年剩余时间的预算为 2.57亿美元。
随着艾芬豪继续推进各个项目,公司管理层已审核和评估了多种替代性方案,以便按比例为卡库拉铜矿的建设成本供资,以及推进公司在非洲南部的其它项目的勘探和开发举措。这些替代性方案包括但不限于现有的流动资金来源,其中包括现金、应收款和投资、资产出售、项目融资、金属流或权益金交易、设备及债务融资。虽然艾芬豪预计将继续持有充足的现金资源或项目相关的可用融资方案,以涵盖其应承担的卡库拉矿山初期资本开支份额,公司仍将继续寻求和评估任何向艾芬豪提出的机会,并考虑艾芬豪的最佳利益以及艾芬豪的运营与财务状况、行业形势及地缘政治因素。
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合资格人士
本新闻稿中关于卡莫阿-卡库拉项目资本开支和开发方案修订版的科学或技术性披露已经由Steve Amos 审查和批准,他凭借其教育、经验和专业协会会籍被认为是NI 43- 101 标准下的合资格人士。由于Amos先生是卡莫阿项目的负责人,因此他并不符合NI 43-101 对独立人士的界定。 Amos 先生已核实本新闻稿所披露的技术数据。
本新闻稿中的其它科学或技术性披露已经由 Stephen Torr 审查和批准,他凭借其教育、经验和专业协会会籍被认为是 NI 43-101 条款下的合资格人士。由于 Torr 先生是项目地质和评估副总裁,因此他并不符合NI 43-101 对独立人士的界定。 Torr 先生已核实本新闻稿所披露的其它技术数据。
艾芬豪已经为普拉特瑞夫项目、基普什项目和卡莫阿-卡库拉项目分别编制了一份符合NI 43-101 标准的最新独立技术报告,这些报告可在SEDAR 网站上的艾芬豪页面获得,网址为www.sedar.com

  • 2020年3月25日发布的2020年卡莫阿-卡库拉资源更新,由OreWin Pty Ltd.、Wood PLC、DRA Global、SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd 和Stantec Consulting International LLC编制,涵盖公司的卡莫阿-卡库拉项目;
  • 2017年9月4日发布的2017 年普拉特瑞夫可行性研究技术报告,由DRA Global、OreWin PtyLtd.、Amec Foster Wheeler、Stantec Consulting、Murray & Roberts Cementation、SRK Consulting、Golder Associates 和Digby Wells Environmental编制,涵盖公司的普拉特瑞夫项目;以及
  • 2019年3月28日发布的2019 年基普什矿产资源更新,由OreWin Pty Ltd.、MSA Group (Pty) Ltd.、SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd. 和MDM (Technical) Africa Pty Ltd .(Wood PLC 的一个部门)编制,涵盖了公司的基普什项目。

这些技术报告包括本新闻稿中引用的普拉特瑞夫项目、基普什项目和卡莫阿-卡库拉项目的矿产资源估算的生效日期、假设、参数和方法等信息,以及本新闻稿中关于普拉特瑞夫项目、基普什项目和卡莫阿-卡库拉项目的科学和技术性披露的数据验证、勘探程序和其他事项的信息。更多有关公司的信息(包括公司的年度信息表),可在 SEDAR 网站(www.sedar.com)获得。
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本新闻稿载有的某些陈述可能构成适用于证券法所定义的“前瞻性陈述”或“前瞻性信息”。该等陈述及信息涉及已知和未知的风险、不明朗因素和其他因素,可能导致本公司的实际业绩、表现或成就、其项目或行业的业绩,与前瞻性陈述或信息所表达或暗示的任何未来业绩、表现或成就产生重大差异。该等陈述可通过文中使用“可能”、“将会”、“会”、“将要”、“打算”、“预期”、“相信”、“计划”、“预计”、“估计”、 “安排”、“预测”、“预言”及其他类似用语,或者声明“可能”、“会”、“将会”、“可能会”或“将要”采取、发生或实现某些行动、事件或结果进行识别。这些陈述仅反映本公司于其2020年第二季度《管理层讨论与分析》发布当日对于未来事件、表现和业绩的当前预期。

该等陈述包括但不限于下列事项的时间点和结果﹕(i) 关于卡库拉矿山将于2021年第三季度实现首批铜精矿生产的陈述;(ii) 关于卡库拉矿山的地下开发速度预计将随着采矿人员的增加而继续加快的陈述;(iii) 关于于卡库拉的地下开发在未来几个月将主要集中在铜品位超过5%的矿段,预计其高品位矿堆将得到大量扩充的陈述;(iv) 关于卡库拉的高压辊磨机、浮选机和浓密机预计将于2020年8月底之前送达矿场的陈述;(v) 关于Mwadingusha水电站的6台涡轮机翻新及相关的220 千伏基础设施工程进展顺利,预计其中3台将于2020 年12月开始运行,余下的3台预计在2021年第一季度投产,以及翻新后的水电厂预计将向国家电网提供72 兆瓦电力的陈述;(vi) 关于普拉特瑞夫项目的分阶段开发生产方案,以大幅减低初期资本为目标,利用1号竖井作为矿场的首采井以加速投产,然后再逐步提升至2017年最终可行性研究设计产能的陈述;(vii) 关于卡库拉矿山计划将初始选厂产能从年处理量300 万吨提升至380 万吨,并且在2020 年将地下采矿人员的人数从11 人增加至14 人,以确保完成对应的采矿作业,为扩产后的选矿厂供给足量矿石的陈述;(viii) 关于截至2019年1月1日,假设选矿厂于2021 年第三季度进行试生产,并包括了选矿厂扩产以及投产前矿石堆场的成本,卡库拉项目的初期资本开支的最新估算约为13亿美元的陈述;(xi) 关于卡莫阿-卡库拉合资企业在首产之前还有约7.5亿美元资本开支的陈述;(x) 关于普拉特瑞夫计划采用高效率的机械采矿方法,包括深孔采矿法及分层充填采矿法,两种方法都会采用水泥回填以提取最多矿石的陈述;(xi) 关于卡库拉矿山的独立最终可行性研究进展顺利,预计快将完成,同时艾芬豪预计将发布卡莫阿-卡库拉矿群的综合开发计划,将包括卡莫阿-卡库拉矿群后续扩产的详细计划,并将纳入最新的矿产资源、生产进度和经济分析数据;(xii) 关于即将发布的卡库拉最终可行性研究将包括设计、工程和采购的详细信息,计划将初期选矿厂矿石产能从年处理量300 万吨提升至380 万吨的陈述;(xiii) 关于艾芬豪预计将继续持有充足的现金资源或项目相关的可用融资方案,以涵盖其应承担的卡库拉矿山初期资本开支份额的陈述;(xiv) 关于普拉特瑞夫和基普什项目减少开发活动的时间点和期间的陈述;(xv)关于2020年剩余时间预计花费2,340万美元进一步开发普拉特瑞夫项目、1,350万美元用于基普什项目、450万美元用于刚果的区域性勘探活动、1,110万美元用于公司经常性开支,以及按比例为卡莫阿-卡库拉项目制定2020 年剩余时间的预算为2.57亿美元的陈述。

此外,卡库拉铜矿预可行性研究的所有结果以及更新和扩展的卡莫阿-卡库拉项目初步经济评估,构成了前瞻性陈述或信息,并包括内部收益率的未來估算、净现值,未来产量、现金成本估算、建议开采计划和方法、估计矿山全寿命、现金流量预测、金属回收率、资本和运营成本估算,以及项目分阶段开发的规模和时间点。另外,对于与卡莫阿-卡库拉项目、普拉特瑞夫项目和基普什项目开发有关的特定前瞻性信息,公司是基于某些不确定因素而作出假设和分析。不确定因素包括:(i) 基础设施的充足性;(ii) 地质特征;(iii) 矿化的冶金特征;(iv) 发展充足选矿产能的能力;(v) 铜、镍、锌、铂金,钯、铑和黄金的价格;(vi) 完成开发所需的设备和设施的可用性;(vii) 消耗品和采矿及选矿设备的费用;(viii) 不可预见的技术和工程问题;(ix) 事故或破坏或恐怖主义行为;(x) 货币波动; (xi) 法例修订;(xii) 合资企业伙伴对协议条款的遵守情况;(xiii) 熟练劳工的人手和生产率;(xiv) 各政府机构对矿业的监管;(xv) 筹集足够资金以发展该等项目的能力;(xiv) 项目范围或设计更变;以及(xv) 政治因素。
本新闻稿亦载有矿产资源和矿产储量估算的参考信息。矿产资源的估算具有内在的不确定性,并涉及对许多相关因素的主观判断。矿产储量的估算提供了更多的确定性,但仍然涉及类似的主观判断。矿产资源并非矿产储量,并不显示其具有经济潜力。任何该等估算的准确性是可用数据的数量和质量的函数,并根据工程和地质诠释的假设和判断 (包括估计公司项目的未来产量、预计开采所得的矿石量和品位,以及估计将会实现的回收率) 而作出,可能被证明是不可靠的,在一定程度上取决于钻孔结果和统计推论的分析,而最终可能证明是不准确的。矿产资源或矿产储量估算可能需要根据以下因素重新估算:(i) 铜、镍、锌、铂族元素(PGE)、黄金或其他矿物价格的波动;(ii) 钻孔工程的结果;(iii)冶金测试和其他研究;(iv) 建议开采作业,包括贫化;(v) 在矿山计划的任何估算及/或变更日期之后作出的矿山计划评估;(vi) 未能取得所需准许、批准和许可证的可能性;以及 (vii) 法律或法规的修订。
前瞻性陈述及信息涉及重大风险和不确定性,故不应被视为对未来表现或业绩的保证,并且不能准确地指示能否达到该等业绩。许多因素可能导致实际业绩与前瞻性陈述或信息所讨论的业绩有重大差异,包括但不限于“风险因素” 以及本公司截至2020年6月30日止三个月和六个月的《管理层讨论与分析》其他部分所指的因素,以及有关部门实施的法律、法规或规章或其不可预见的变化;与本公司签订合约的各方没有根据协议履行合约;社会或劳资纠纷;商品价格的变动;以及勘探计划或研究未能达到预期结果或未能产生足以证明和支持继续勘探、研究、开发或运营的结果。
虽然本新闻稿载有的前瞻性陈述是基于本公司管理层认为合理的假设而作出,但本公司不能向投资者保证实际业绩会与前瞻性陈述的预期一致。这些前瞻性陈述仅是截至本新闻稿发布当日作出,而且受本警戒性声明明确限制。根据相应的证券法,本公司并无义务更新或修改任何前瞻性陈述以反映本新闻稿发布当日后所发生的事件或情况。
基于本公司截至2020年6月30日止三个月和六个月的《管理层讨论与分析》的“风险因素”和其他部分所指的因素,本公司的实际业绩可能与这些前瞻性陈述所预计的业绩产生重大差异。

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