Laos

Sepon Mine

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Overview

Mine TypeOpen Pit & Underground
StatusActive
Commodities
  • Copper
  • Gold
Mining Method
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
  • Sub-level stoping
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SnapshotIn 2022 Lane Xang Minerals Limited (“LXML”) opened the first modern underground mine in Lao PDR at Sepon, setting the standard for other mining operations, extending the life of the mine to at least 2033.

Owners

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CompanyInterestOwnership
Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining Co., Ltd. 90 % Indirect
Lane Xang Minerals Limited (LXML) is the registered name of the company which owns and operates Sepon. Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining Co., Ltd owns 90 per cent of LXML. and the Lao Government owns 10%.

Deposit type

  • Porphyry
  • Carlin-type
  • Skarn
  • Vein / narrow vein

Summary:

The Sepon project area is situated near the eastern margin of the intra-continental Khorat Basin and on the western flank of the Anamite Range fold belt. It lies within the Troungson geological region covering a broad spectrum of rocks ranging in age from Upper Proterozoic to Jurassic. The regional geology is dominated by an Upper Palaeozoic sedimentary belt of arkosic and feldspathic sandstone, variably calcareous and carbonaceous siltstone, shale and limestone which is variably dolomitised and locally marble. There are lesser volcanic rocks, typically comprised of agglomerate, conglomerate, tuffaceous sandstone, and rare coherent volcanics. The belt is cut by plutonic to sub-volcanic bodies of granite, monzodiorite, granodiorite, quartz porphyry, rhyodacite porphyry (RDP) and andesite porphyry. The intrusive rocks are preferentially emplaced along either east or north-west trending well-developed structures.

Several styles of mineralisation have been recognised within the Sepon Mineral District: porphyry-like Cu-Mo-Au mineralisation, skarnoid Cu-Mo-Au mineralisation adjacent to porphyry intrusive, distal skarn related Cu-Au-Ag+/- Pb+/-Zn massive sulphide veins, Carlin type carbonate hosted gold mineralisation and carbonate hosted Mississippi Valley type Pb-Zn-Ag mineralisation. In addition weathering and supergene re-mobilisation has created supergene copper, exotic supergene copper, oxide gold and alluvial gold in karst fill deposits.

All primary deposits are hydrothermal and, at least spatially, related to the RDP intrusive. Supergene copper mineralisation results from the oxidation, dissolution and transport of primary sulphide hosted copper mineralisation to sites where chemical conditions result in copper precipitation (reduced groundwater, replacement of sulphide, reaction with alkali carbonate). Supergene copper mineralisation occurs above and down slope of primary mineralisation. Chalcocite mineralisation replaces massive pyrite immediately above the skarns. Copper carbonate mineralisation occurs where copper rich groundwater reacts with carbonate rocks. The best supergene copper zones occur above higher grade zones of primary mineralisation and have a vertical profile with the best grades immediately above the base of weathering.

Primary gold mineralisation occurs as Carlin style gold forming distally to the copper skarn systems. Mineralisation occurs in association with decalcification and partial silica replacement of calcareous mudstones (‘jasperoid’) along steep faults, and is typically best developed at the contact of the Nalou Formation (dolomite) and the overlying Discovery Formation (nodular calc-shale).

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Comminution

Crushers and Mills

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Processing

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Production

CommodityProductUnits202320222021202020192018201720162015
Copper Cathode t  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe72,00071,25862,94178,49289,253
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Operational metrics

Metrics202220202019201720162015
Annual milling capacity  ....  Subscribe
Total tonnes mined  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe25 Mt
Ore tonnes mined  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe1,335,942 t2,967,991 t1,847,827 t
Tonnes milled  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe3,149,317 t2,547,564 t2,116,501 t

Production Costs

CommodityUnits2017
C1 cash costs Copper USD 1.59 / lb  

Financials

Units20182017
Revenue M USD 391.9  
EBIT M USD 17.7   4.8  
EBITDA M USD 119.2  

Heavy Mobile Equipment

Fleet data has not been reported.

Personnel

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