Mining Weekly article

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    This is basically a re-hash of the latest announcement.
    However, it's good to see AVL receiving attention on a South African site. Cheers Janart.

    DRC copper-silver project beyond halfway mark

    Significant progress has been announced on the development of the Dikulushi copper-silver mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
    Anvil Mining says the project is now approximately 55% complete and is scheduled to produce its first concentrate averaging 40% copper and 1,230 g/t silver, by 25 August 2002.

    Earlier this month, Anvil officially launched the Dikulushi concentrate barge, which is capable of carrying up to 250 ton of cargo.

    It began transporting containers and larger equipment across to the DRC on June 18.

    Meanwhile, construction of the 35 t/h heavy media separation plant in Johannesburg was completed on 12 June and it is expected to arrive on site this week.

    The HMS plant is a modular unit and erection on site will take less than one week.

    In addition, the three-stage crusher circuit purchased from major shareholder First Quantum Minerals in April was brought to Ndola, Zambia where it underwent a complete refurbishment.

    Anvil’s executive director Bill Turner, says it is currently at Nchelenge on the Zambian side of Lake Moero, and will be transported to the Dikulushi site when the concrete plinths at the plant site are completed during the next two weeks.

    He says construction work at the mine site was stepped up in early June following the clearing of the site and the surveying of the civils layout in May.

    “Work has commenced on the run of mine pad retaining wall, the stockpile tunnel, the crusher pad, and the fuel storage area.

    “The vegetation has been cleared from the tailings dam area.

    “The accommodation units to house 30 contractors were completed this week and during the coming weeks additional units will be erected to house a total of 60 contractors”.

    Turner adds that the 50 km access road from the docking facility at Kilwa to the mine site at Dikulushi has been upgraded so that the trip now takes 75 minutes in a two-wheel drive vehicle.

    He reports too that Anvil has commenced the drawdown on the RMB Resources project financing facility on 21 May 2002.

    Anvil has access to all the funds required to complete the development of the Dikulushi Project and has all the DRC government approvals required.

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