The Sepon copper project came into production in 2005 at an estimated capital cost of US$235M. The adjacent gold mine, also owned by MMG (formerly Oz Minerals), was commissioned in 2002 and is considered separately in the Wood Mackenzie Gold Mine Cost Study.
This Copper Metals Mine report provides a detailed analysis of the cost profile, geology, reserves and future production for this mine, as well as a detailed location map.
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Sepon is an open pit copper mining operation approximately 550km southeast of Vientiane in Savannakhet Province, Laos. The mine began production in 2005 and produces copper cathode by ore leaching, solvent extraction and electrowinning. The adjacent gold mine, also owned by MMG, was placed on care and maintenance at the end of 2013, due to low gold prices and high operating costs.
In 2015, mining began transitioning away from the depleting high grade Khanong deposit to the Thengkam deposit, approximately 12km from the current mine. The mining fleet was expanded at the end of 2015 to manage expected declining head grades and the longer haulage route.
The accompanying analysis is costed on a stand-alone basis and does not include the adjacent gold operations. The gold and copper mines do not share a common process route and share little infrastructure therefore no gold credit is applied to the copper costs at Sepon. The accompanying analysis also excludes the revenue from the 200koz contained in the gold gossan that was mined and stockpiled as part of the Khanong pre-strip. The Sepon gold operation is analysed separately in the Sepon gold mine analysis.
Given reserves, stockpiles and processing rates, Sepon is expected to continue producing until 2021.
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Asset report | Dec 2016
Sepon (Khanong) SxEw copper mine
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