Reserves and Resources
Kenmare’s large mineral resource base at Moma is sufficient to support production at current rates for more than 100 years and provides significant opportunities for further mine expansions in the future to meet increasing demand for these products.
The total proved and probable ore reserves under the Namalope, Pilivili, and Nataka mining concession are estimated as at 31 December 2022 at 1.5 billion tonnes, grading 2.6% ilmenite, 0.15% zircon and 0.048% rutile, containing 40 million tonnes of ilmenite, 2.2 million tonnes of zircon, and 0.72 million tonnes of rutile.
The total ore resource (excluding reserves) held by the Group under a combination of exploration licences and mining concessions is estimated as at 31 December 2022 at 7.3 billion tonnes, grading 2.2% ilmenite, 0.15% zircon and 0.049% rutile, containing 160 million tonnes of ilmenite, 11 million tonnes of zircon and 3.6 million tonnes of rutile.
Details are set out in the reserve/resource table which can be viewed here.
*THM is total heavy minerals of which ilmenite (typically 82%), rutile (typically 2.0%) and zircon (typically 5.5%) total approximately 90%. Tonnes and grades have been rounded and
hence small differences may appear in totals. Mt represents million tonnes.
Resources are additional to reserves. Estimates for Namalope, Nataka and Pilivili reserves and Namalope, Nataka, Congolone, Pilivili and Mualadi resources comply with the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (“JORC Code”) 2012 edition. Table 1 documentation for these reserves and resources can be found at www.kenmareresources.com. Estimates for all other resources were prepared and first disclosed under the 2004 edition of the JORC Code. They have not been updated to comply with the JORC Code 2012 edition on the basis that the information has not materially changed since they were last reported.
The competent person for the Namalope, Nataka and Pilivili reserves and resources and the Congolone resources is Mouhamed Drame (MAusIMM). Mr M. Drame is an employee of Kenmare and takes part in the Kenmare Resources Share Plan. The competent person for the other resources is Sonsiama Kargbo (MAusIMM and MAIG). Mr S.Kargbo is an employee of Kenmare and takes part in the Kenmare Resources Share Plan. Mr M. Drame and Mr S. Kargbo have sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which they are undertaking to qualify as Competent Persons as defined in the JORC Code 2012 edition. Mr M. Drame and Mr S. Kargbo consent to the inclusion in this report of the matters based on their information in the form and context in which it appears.
JORC Code Table, Congolone 2022
JORC Code Table, Namalope 2022