Kounrad Mine

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Mine TypeSurface
  • Copper
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SnapshotIn 2012, Central Asia Metals (CAML) completed construction and began producing copper from the Kounrad in-situ dump leach and solvent extraction electro-winning (‘SX-EW’) operation close to Balkhash in central Kazakhstan.

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Central Asia Metals PLC (operator) 100 % Indirect
Sary Kazna LLP, a Kazakh company which is responsible for leaching operations, is wholly owned by Central Asia Metals PLC (CAML) and is the registered subsoil user with exploitation rights for the Kounrad Project.

Deposit type

  • Orogenic
  • Porphyry


The Kounrad open pit copper mine is located in the Balkhash metallogenic belt within the BalkhashJunggar orogenic belt of the Central Asian Metallogenic Domain (“CAMD”). The geology encompassing the deposit comprises porphyry copper mineralisation related to tectono-magmatism during the Devonian and Carboniferous-Permian volcano-magmatic arcs. Site geology consists of unconsolidated sediments and granitic bedrock units. Sediments range from gravels, to sand and silts with some units being reported as ‘‘cemented’’ sediments. Bedrock ranges from granite to granodiorite. Highly weathered at the surface, the bedrock grades to competent rock within 10-40m from the surface. Weathering and supergene enrichment have produced a general zonation of the mineralisation in the deposit: - Oxidised cap - characterised by hematite, limonite, manganese oxyhydroxide, malachite, azurite, cuprite, native copper, chrysocolla mineralisation; - Leached zone - characterised by moderate oxidation in the upper part and destabilisation of sulphide minerals under acidic conditions in the lower parts; - Supergene blanket - characterised by chalcocite and covellite mineralisation; and - Primary sulphide zone - characterised by disseminated and stockwork ore with pyrite, chalcopyrite, enargite and chalcocite mineralisation. All of these mineralised phases, to a greater or lesser extent, are reflected in the composition of the waste dumps. Very importantly from a dump leaching standpoint is the fact that there is a layer of impermeable clay/cemented material at or close to surface which effectively acts as a barrier to percolating fluids, thus allowing capture of the pregnant liquor with only very minor permeation below this layer.



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Mining Methods


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Crushers and Mills

Milling equipment has not been reported.



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Copper t  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe13,77114,04914,10314,02012,071
All production numbers are expressed as cathode. ^ Guidance / Forecast.

Operational metrics

Tonnes processed  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe173.93 Mt165.25 Mt110.99 Mt69.3 Mt59 Mt

Production Costs

C1 cash costs Copper USD  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe 0.52 / lb   0.54 / lb   0.52 / lb  


Capital expenditures M USD  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe 0.7   1.4  
Sustaining costs M USD  ....  Subscribe
Revenue M USD  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe 79.3   89.8   83.9  
Pre-tax Income M USD  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe 57.1   61   56.9  
After-tax Income M USD
EBITDA M USD  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe 61.7   66.8   63.6  

Heavy Mobile Equipment

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Mine Management

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