Operations Restarted at Messina’s Mowana Mine

9 September 2009 (Last Updated September 9th, 2009 18:30)

African Copper's subsidiary Messina Copper has resumed operations at its Mowana Mine in Botswana. The operational team has mobilised a new mining contractor, and a metallurgical and engineering team from major shareholder ZCI has worked to recommission the site's concentrator.

African Copper's subsidiary Messina Copper has resumed operations at its Mowana Mine in Botswana.

The operational team has mobilised a new mining contractor, and a metallurgical and engineering team from major shareholder ZCI has worked to recommission the site's concentrator.

The teething problems encountered during the restart of the plant, coming out of a period of extended care and maintenance, were quickly identified and remedied, the company said.

The feed grade delivered from the pit has been about 20% above the forecast feed grade of 1.2% copper.

All processing plant circuits have been brought back to operational status.

The average concentrate grade is 26% copper, which is about 12% above forecasts.