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LXML looks to Sepon’s copper-gold underground future as it kicks off exploration decline

Lane Xang Minerals Limited (LXML), owned by China’s Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining, has kicked off exploration for what could be Lao PDR’s first modern underground mine below the existing Sepon open-pit mine.

Sepon Mine employees recently conducted a traditional ceremony on an auspicious day to celebrate the breaking of ground for an exploration decline at Sepon mine site.

“Sepon has thousands of years of mining history,” Paul Harris, LXML General Manager, said. “This new development will extend the life of Sepon mine with modern equipment and advanced mining techniques.”

LXML is introducing valuable expertise and equipment to Lao PDR to prepare for the project and is confident of success, it said. Exploration work at the underground mine will commence in an existing pit at the Sepon mine, with LXML consulting with Lao Government agencies regarding specifications and potential impact.

“I am very proud of LXML’s contribution to socio-economic development in Lao PDR,” Harris said. “Chifeng Gold has invested considerable resources in plant and equipment to recommence and expand gold production at the Sepon project. I am certain that this underground project will set a good example for other mining operators in the country and offer an opportunity to sustainably develop mineral resources at other sites using similar techniques.”

LXML Sepon has been operating an open-pit gold and copper mine since 2003. Over the past two decades, LXML has contributed over $1.6 billion in direct revenue through taxes and royalties to the Lao Government, and hundreds of millions in indirect benefits through community development, employment and training, according to the company.

In 2020, China’s Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining started processing oxide gold ore from the Sepon mine in Laos, operated by subsidiary LXML. This marked the first time the project had produced gold in over six years after MMG, the previous owner, stopped producing the yellow metal at the mine to focus on copper.

Hexagon to deploy MineOperate OP Pro fleet management system at Sepon gold mine

Hexagon’s Mining division is set to deploy its HxGN MineOperate OP Pro in trucks, excavators and auxiliary equipment at the Sepon gold mine in southern Laos as part of a new fleet management project.

Sepon is an open-pit gold and copper mine located in Savannakhet Province in southern Laos. The mine is owned and operated by Lane Xang Minerals Limited, one of the largest gold producers in Laos.

Since operations commenced in 2003, Sepon has produced 1.2 Moz of gold doré and more than 1 Mt of copper cathode. In 2020, Sepon produced more than 39,730 t of copper and 64,809 oz of gold doré. The mine already uses Hexagon’s drill and blast solutions.

Commenting on the HxGN MineOperate OP Pro installation – to be completed by the end of the year – Shane Boak, Business Manager & General Manager Sales, Hexagon’s Mining division, said: “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Lane Xang as they enhance operations at Sepon mine. OP Pro helps mines maximise efficiency while improving safety, and we are excited to see Lane Xang implement our system across their fleet.”

Jimmy Yana, Senior Superintendent – Mining Operations Excellence and Contracts, Lane Xang Minerals Limited, said: “HxGN MineOperate OP Pro will be critical for LXML to optimise the use of our mining fleet. We are excited to start this new journey in Sepon and look forward to working with Hexagon to maximise the value from their solution in our operation.”