The Kipoi Copper Project is located 75km northwest of Lubumbashi, the capital of Katanga Province, in the central part of the Katanga Copper Belt. The Kipoi Mining Licence covers an area of 55sq km and contains a 12km-long extensively copper-cobalt mineralised segment (ecaille) of Upper Roan (R2, R4) sediments. The project hosts five known copper deposits: Kipoi Central, Kipoi North, Kileba, Judeira and Kaminafitwe.
As of December 2013, mineral resources for the Kipoi Copper Project increased to 934,000 tonnes of copper.
Tiger has adopted a staged development approach at the Kipoi Project. The high grade zone of copper mineralisation at Kipoi Central is being exploited during the Stage 1 development. During the three-year operation of Stage 1, approximately 900,000tpa of 7% Cu is planned to be processed through the heavy media separation (HMS) plant with a recovery rate of 55%, to produce a total of 132,000 tonnes of copper-in-concentrate over its 42-month life.
Tiger commenced copper cathode production at Kipoi in May 2014. Its Solvent Extraction Electrowinning plant is expected to produce 25,000 tonnes in its first full year of operation and 50,000tpa in subsequent years. As of January 2014, the SXEW plant is expected to produce 532,000 tonnes of copper cathode over an 11-year life.
It is envisaged that ore from Kipoi Central, Kipoi North and Kileba and other deposits within the Kipoi Project, as well as the nearby Lupoto Project, will be processed during the Stage 2 phase.
The project is located close to Lubumbashi, which has an international airport and is linked by a network of roads to the major ports of Dares Salaam in Tanzania and Durban in South Africa.
Local infrastructure is excellent. High-voltage power lines off the national grid and the Lubumbashi-Likasi railway line pass through the project area.
Tiger has a 60% interest in the Kipoi project. The remaining 40% interest in is held by La Générale des Carrière et des Mines (“Gécamines”), a DRC State-controlled company.