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First blast at Kombat

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The first blast at Trigon Metals’ Kombat underground copper mine in Namibia was initiated recently.
Trigon Metals’ Kombat mine in 2022 when WhyAfrica visited the operation close in Namibia. The first blast at Trigon Metals’ Kombat underground copper mine in Namibia was initiated recently. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

First blast at Kombat

The first blast at Trigon Metals’ Kombat underground copper mine in Namibia was initiated recently.

TSX listed Trigon Metals announced in early February that operational training at the historic underground mine commenced ahead of schedule marked by the successful blasting of the first block at the Asis West shaft’s No. 1 level.

According to Fanie Müller, Vice President of Operations at Trigon Metals, the first underground blast represents a key step towards unlocking the full potential of the Kombat project and realising its strategic importance in the copper market.

Exploiting higher copper grades

The significant milestone sets the stage for enhanced project economics as the company enters a new operational phase that is expected to exploit higher copper grades at depth as indicated by the resource statement and resource models which were reconfirmed through surface and underground confirmatory drilling, an important step towards positioning Trigon as a key player in the copper market and facilitating the long-term sustainability and profitability of the Kombat Mine.

Building underground ramp-up

Müller says the focus is now on safely mining the higher-grade ore from the upper levels of the Asis West shaft complex and building on the underground ramp-up profile over the next couple of months.

According to Knowledge Katti, Namibian Businessman and local partner of Trigon Metals, this early success sets the stage for a robust operational phase, leading towards sustained growth and value creation at Kombat.

Trigon Metals holds an 80% interest in five mining licences in the Otavi Mountainlands, an area of Namibia widely recognised for its high-grade copper deposits, where the company is focused on exploration and re-development of the previously producing Kombat Mine.

In Morocco, Trigon is the holder of the Silver Hill project, a highly prospective copper and silver exploration project.

WhyAfrica visited the Trigon operations at Kombat during our WhyAfrica Road Trip through South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe in 2022.

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First blast at Kombat

The first blast at Trigon Metals’ Kombat underground copper mine in Namibia was initiated recently.

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