Kamoa Kakula Copper

Client: Kamoa Copper SA
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Value: US$1 billion
Period: 2017- current
Scope: 6 Mtpa Pre Feasibility Study for the Greenfields UG copper mine 

The Kamoa-Kakula deposit is the world’s largest high grade, copper-only deposit, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kamoa Copper SA, a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines, Zijin Mining Group Co, Ltd. and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, will develop the new Copper Mine which will yield an estimated 6 Mtpa in its first phase alone. The Kakula deposit has been independently ranked as the world’s largest, undeveloped, high yield, high-grade copper discovery. Kakula resource is estimated at 174 million tons at a grade of 5.62% copper.

DRA Global’s project delivery relationship with Ivanhoe Mines started on the high-grade platinum-group metals, nickel and copper Platreef Project in South Africa. It was on this project that DRA Global demonstrated its advanced capability in project delivery which proved to be a key differentiator for the organisation on Kakula.

DRA Global was contracted to complete the Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS), for Kamoa Copper SA, in 2017. In October 2018, the organisaiton was further awarded the contract to deliver a complete Basic Engineering package.

DRA Global provided the Kamoa-Kakula Project with a complete integrated solution for the mine, process and infrastructure scopes ensuring full value chain alignment, seamless design continuity and the financial benefit of shared project services. The engineering and design will be developed to a level suitable to support early execution works and for the PFS in parallel. The contract scope includes the Basic Engineering and design associated with all underground mining infrastructure, the concentrator plant and all supporting surface infrastructure. Work began in October 2018 and is estimated to conclude by mid-2019.