Tulela Mining & Construction CC (“Tulela”) has been appointed as the open-pit mining contractor for Trigon Metals Inc.’s (TSX-V: TM) (“Trigon” or the “Company”) Kombat Mine in Namibia.
Trigon and Tulela have agreed to begin equipment mobilization and site preparation in August 2021, with open-pit mining expected to begin in October 2021.
Trigon chose Tulela because of its considerable open pit operational experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular because of its knowledge of the area where the Kombat Mine is located, as well as the fact that it is a locally Namibian owned and operated firm.
Tulela provides mining and construction services and has historically been involved in operations at Vedanta Zinc International’s Skorpion Zinc mine in Namibia well as at Chingola in Zambia. The group also offers processing, engineering and logistics solutions, which enables Tulela to provide a full suite of services to its clients across the value chain. In support of Trigon’s emphasis on local employment creation, Tulela aims to employ operational staff from the immediate region. The management team of Tulela has extensive experience in open-pit mining and underground mining. A brand new fleet of trucks and shovels is destined for this project to ensure that efficient production volumes will support the business plan.
Jed Richardson, President and CEO of Trigon, said, “The appointment of Tulela as our open pit mining contractor is a milestone in our move towards production. Activities at the 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 Inc., with the Company’s mining and prospecting licence areas covering an area of more than 7,500 ha in the Otavi Mountainlands in Namibia. 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 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.
Trigon is a publicly-traded Canadian exploration and development company with its core business focused on copper and silver holdings in mine-friendly African jurisdictions. Currently, the company has operations in Namibia and Morocco. In Namibia, the Company holds an 80% interest in five mining licences in the Otavi Mountainlands, an area of Namibia widely recognized for its high-grade copper deposits, where the Company is focused on exploration and re-development of the previously producing Kombat mine. In Morocco, the Company is the holder of the Silver Hill project, a highly prospective copper and silver exploration project.