Ore extraction at the Company`s mines is 118.5 KT above plan (+6%) during three quarters of the current year. Totally there was extracted more than 21 MT in 9 months.
Production of concentrated copper is 181.5 KT, which is 5.4 KT above plan (+3%). Last year the Corporation produced 167.3 KT of concentrated copper during the same period.
As for the finished product, 159.4 KT of refined copper was produced by the Corporation from own raw material during 9 months of the current year, which is 8.6 KT above plan (+6%).
To achieve a higher level of metal extraction, R&D works have been conducted. The works were to review current process parameters, ore concentration, reagents selection, industrial tests for the most efficient flotation equipment selection. At the moment, part of relevant works has been conducted at the Zhezkazgan Concentrators # 1, 2, 3.
Bakhtiyar Krykpyshev, General Director of Kazakhmys Corporation LLC, says:
- This year, despite the economic problems, recessionary trends and drop in price for non-ferrous metals in the world market, our Company works according to plan. Kazakhmys provides stable ore extraction and metal production. During 9 months of the current year more than 68 bn tenge was invested into occupational safety at Kazakhmys facilities. Occupational safety continues to be our priority.