The two inked an agreement and Tulela was tasked to commence with equipment mobilization and site establishment from August 2021, with open pit mining planned to commence by October 2021. They were selected by Trigon in for its extensive open pit operating experience in sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular its knowledge of the area in which the Kombat Mine is situated, being a locally Namibian owned and operated company.
Tulela provides mining and construction services and has historically been involved in operations at Vedanta Zinc International’s Skorpion Zinc mine in Namibia well as at Chingola in Zambia. The group also offers processing, engineering and logistics solutions, which enables Tulela to provide a full suite of services to its clients across the value chain.
In support of Trigon’s emphasis on local employment creation, Tulela aims to employ operational staff from the immediate region. The management team of Tulela has extensive experience in open pit mining and underground mining. A brand new fleet of trucks and shovels is destined for this project to ensure that efficient production volumes will support the business plan.
“The appointment of Tulela as our open pit mining contractor is a milestone in our move towards production. Activities at site continue to advance daily and we remain on track to achieve our target of production by the end of the year,” said Jed Richardson, President and CEO of Trigon.
The Kombat Copper Project is the flagship project of Trigon Metals Inc., with the Company’s mining and prospecting licence areas covering an area of more than 7,500 ha in the Otavi Mountainlands in Namibia.
The Kombat Project is comprised of three mining licences, which produced approximately 12.46 million tonnes of Copper between 1962 and 2008, at a grade of 2.62%. The other two mining licences are within close proximity to Kombat at Gross Otavi and Harasib, which are believed to be highly prospective for lead and zinc. In addition, the Company also holds an interest in two exclusive prospecting licences, which represent a potential strike extension of Kombat.