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ERG and Gécamines to restart copper and cobalt production at Boss Mining in DRC

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Celebrations at the at the re-opening of Boss Mining in the Lualaba and Haut-Katanga provinces of the DRC. Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and its joint-venture partner, La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines), are restarting operations at Boss Mining. Image credit: ERG and Gécamines.

ERG and Gécamines to restart copper and cobalt production at Boss Mining in DRC

Luxemburg headquartered Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and its joint-venture partner, La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines), are restarting operations at Boss Mining, located in the Lualaba and Haut-Katanga provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The phased restart of Boss Mining will commence with the processing of the historically mined Kiwana fines ats its Luita concession, paving the way for further development.

Boss Mining has a long history of copper and cobalt production from significant open-pit resources. The mine was placed in care and maintenance early 2019 to allow for ERG and Gécamines to assess different investments paths and conduct further studies to improve operational economics and sustainability.

“We are not only celebrating the return to production at this time, but also our long-standing partnership with Gécamines and its professional team, without whom this restart would not have been possible. ERG believes that collaboration is the key to building a better future,” says Benedikt Sobotka, CEO at ERG.

Mining in a sustainable way (ERG and Gécamines to restart copper and cobalt production at Boss Mining in DRC)

Recognising that mining plays a vital role in the social and economic upliftment of its host communities, ERG aims to develop and scale operations at Boss Mining in a sustainable way to allow for positive, longer-term social, environmental and economic outcomes.

“We are proud that this phase of the restart will create around 750 jobs for DRC citizens, primarily recruited from the surrounding communities, ensuring that direct members of our communities are the primary beneficiaries of Boss Mining’s activities,” says Sobotka.

According to Provincial Minister of Interior and Security of the Lualaba Province, Kapenda Wa Kapenda Déodat, restarting of an operation means the creation of jobs and increased tax revenue for the province.

“In this way we can help develop other sectors of our society,” says Déodat

The phased restart will concentrate on processing historically mined fines over the next 16 months to produce copper cathodes and cobalt hydroxide. The operation will ramp up over the coming months to its full capacity producing, on average, 1,800 tonnes (t) of copper cathode and 300t of cobalt hydroxide a month, by March 2023.

“The current restart is only the beginning of our journey, and will provide financing for further potential development, exploration and other mining-related activities at Boss Mining.

“I am convinced that the revival of Boss Mining’s activities will allow for the creation of important number of new jobs in the future and the union of countless families from the surrounding communities and the four corners of the country,” says CEO of Gécamines, Ntambwe Ngoy Kabongo.

Boss Mining is also currently renewing its five-year ESIA commitments and formalising its Cahier de Charges. Restarting the production will allow Boss Mining to update its commitments and social contribution, in turn supporting the action programme of the DRC President Félix Tshisekedi, which aims to improve social conditions through housing, health, education and employment.

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