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Kibali in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

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Kibali achieved its production guidance for 2023 and set a new annual throughput record in the process. It is also well on track to again successfully replace the reserves mined during the year. Barrick Gold’s Kibali gold mine in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick of The Week. Image credit: Barrick Gold Corporation

Kibali in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Barrick Gold’s Kibali gold mine in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick of The Week.

When Barrick Gold commissions the new 16-megawatt solar plant and additional battery energy storage infrastructure at its Kibali gold mine in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the mine’s electricity demand will be met entirely by renewable energy.

Kibali’s new renewable energy source is designed to back up the mine’ s hydropower supply during the dry season, and once installed Barrick expects the mine’s overall renewable electricity supply to increase from 81% to 85%.

“Kibali, the largest gold mine in Africa, is now also one of the greenest mines on the African continent,” said Barrick President and CEO Mark Bristow at a recent media briefing.

Kibali is located approximately 220km east of the capital of the Haut Uele Province, Isiro, 150km west of the Ugandan border town of Arua and 1800km from the Kenyan port of Mombasa.

The mine is owned by Kibali Goldmines SA which is a joint venture company owned 45% by Barrick and AngloGold Ashanti, and 10% by Société Miniére de Kilo-Moto (SOKIMO). The mine is operated by Barrick.

Top geology

The Kibali gold deposits are hosted within the Moto Greenstone Belt, a Kibalian Neoarchean terrane that lies in the North-East Congo Craton.

The northeastern part of the Congo craton is formed of Archean rocks, which extend eastward from the northern part of the DRC across the Cenozoic East African rift into Uganda, southern Kenya, and northern Tanzania.

Plutonic rocks underlie 80% to 90% of the area, volcano-sedimentary rocks are largely metamorphosed under greenschist facies conditions and form isolated belts for the remaining 10% to 20% of the craton.

In-country contribution

Kibali, a leader in automation, has been a long-standing partner of the government of the DRC and according to Bristow the mine’s total in-country investment to date in the form of royalties, taxes, dividends, and payments to local suppliers amounts to USD4.7-billion.

Community development and environment

The implementation of community development projects supported by Kibali’s community development fund, which contributes 0.3% of revenue to such projects, continues with 44 new projects launched in 2023.

The mine’s new Cahier des Charges scheme, funded by Kibali to the tune of USD8.9-million over five years, has also launched 11 projects, with seven nearing completion.

“We’re also continuing our support for biodiversity with plans underway to introduce additional white rhinos to the Garamba National Park,” said Bristow.

Operational excellence

Operationally, Kibali achieved its production guidance for 2023, and set a new annual throughput record in the process.

It is also well on track to again successfully replace the reserves mined during the year.

Kibali in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

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