Development of the new Kolomela Mine is on schedule to start production in the first half of 2012, ramping up to full capacity of 9Mtpa in 2013
Kolomela mine is one of Anglo American’s Big Four expansion projects alongside Barro Alto in Brazil (nickel), Minas Rio in Brazil (ferrous) and Los Bronces in Chile (copper). The mine is situated in the town of Postmasburg in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. The name Kolomela means “to dig deeper or further”, or “to persevere”, and the excellent physical strength of Kolomela mine’s lump ore will enable Kumba to continue to meet its customers’ needs.
The project was completed on time, on budget, with Zero Harm at the end of 2011. The mine is on schedule for first production during the first half of 2012, ramping up to full capacity of 9Mtpa of direct-shipping ore for export in 2013.
Kolomela mine at a glance
Kolomela is scheduled to produce 9Mtpa of direct shipping ore once it is fully operational in 2013.
Its total mineral resource is 373Mt at 64% Fe cut-off grade and 405Mt at 55% Fe cut-off grade.
It will employ 840 permanent people at full production.
Life of mine: 28 years.
Total investment in social and community projects in 2011 over R30,9 million.