Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. reported that a fatal accident has occurred at the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A fatal accident occurred underground at the Kakula mine when Mr. Mick Ilunga, a contractor drill rig operator, was struck by a fall of ground. A second contractor drill rig operator is receiving medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
Kamoa Copper is undertaking a comprehensive internal investigation into the accident and is working with the DRC authorities to facilitate their investigation of the accident. Once the investigations are complete, management will review and implement any additional safety measures recommended to prevent such an accident from recurring. Mining activities at the Kakula underground mine have temporarily ceased.
The Phase 1 and 2 concentrators continue to operate, drawing from surface ore stockpiles.