Ivanhoe Mines announced that the Kamoa project’s exploration team has initiated a 25,000-m, in-fill and exploration drilling program, using up to nine drill rigs, at the Kakula Discovery on the Kamoa license area. The Kamoa project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Lualaba Province on the Central African Copperbelt, is a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines and Zijin Mining.

Kakula is a high-grade and flat-lying stratiform copper discovery, ideally situated for low-cost, mechanized mining. It represents a major extension of the Kamoa copper deposit, which Ivanhoe Mines discovered in 2008.

The new drilling program, which started after the end of the annual rainy season, will target and delineate areas of thick, high-grade copper mineralization intersected near surface at the Kakula Discovery. The discovery lies within the large, 60-km2 Kakula exploration area, and is approximately 10 km southwest of the Kamoa project’s planned initial mining area at Kansoko Sud.