African Metals Corporation (AFR) has reported the successful delivery of the Dense Media Separation (DMS) plant, spirals bank and ancillary equipment to the Luisha South copper project in the DRC’s Katanga province. Clarification of pre-existing import documentation issues with DRC customs had caused a delay in the transfer of ownership registration to Kundelungu Mineral Resources (KMR), a subsidiary of AFR.
A discrepancy in the original importation documents associated with the DMS plant resulted in a delayed transfer of ownership registration to KMR. The DMS Plant was originally imported under a two year temporary importation certificate in 2010. A failure to comply with importation protocols and procedures resulted in DRC customs delaying transfer of registration of equipment to KMR until the previous owners resolved the documentation issues. The issues have since been resolved to the satisfaction of customs, and all necessary documentation for full registration of the DMS plant with KMR and the payment of due taxes by the previous owner have been finalised.
M&J Investments have successfully decommissioned and mobilised the DMS plant to the Luisha South project and is currently completing site preparation and construction. The company is targeting dry commissioning of the plant by mid-December. Nigel Ferguson, CEO and President of African Metals Corp, commented: “The company is very pleased to report the delivery of the DMS plant. The delays with import documentation issues have been unfortunate and beyond the company’s control, but with the successful resolution of the issues the company now has a clear way forward for commercial operation. The experience of the M&J team should enable efficient construction and commissioning of the plant in a timely manner, targeting oxide copper concentrate production by year end.”