Trigon Metals (TSX-V:TM) announced today the appointment of Tulela Mining & Construction as the open pit mining contractor for its Kombat copper mine in Namibia.
Trigon said it has signed an agreement with Tulela to commence with equipment mobilization and site establishment from August 2021, with open pit mining planned to commence by October 2021.
According to the company’s statement, Tulela was selected by Trigon for its extensive open pit operating experience in sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular its knowledge of the area in which the Kombat mine is situated, being a locally Namibian owned and operated company.
CEO Jed Richardson said, “The appointment of Tulela as our open pit mining contractor is a milestone in our move towards production. Activities at site continue to advance daily and we remain on track to achieve our target of production by the end of the year.”
The Kombat copper project is the flagship project of Trigon Metals. The Kombat project is comprised of three mining licences, which produced approximately 12.46 million tonnes of copper between 1962 and 2008, at a grade of 2.62%. The other two mining licences are within close proximity to Kombat at Gross Otavi and Harasib, which are believed to be highly prospective for lead and zinc. In addition, the company also holds an interest in two exclusive prospecting licences, which represent a potential strike extension of Kombat.