KCM Mining a subsidiary of Kogi Iron Ltd is set to start small-scale trial iron ore mining in Agbaja, Nigeria. The Company commenced excavation of a small-scale trial iron mining pit ~30m x 30m x 5m deep. This pit is located at the site of a previous bulk iron ore sample used for metallurgical and steel tests in 2018. Work was authorised and approved by FMO, MMSD and notified to the central Mines Department in Abuja.
The initial works
A local Lokoja-based civil engineering company was awarded the contract to ensure local content, align with the
Community Development Agreement and mitigate COVID19 risks. Initial work involved dewatering of the old bulk sample pit to evaluate the thickness of laterite iron ore (hard-pan overburden) and planning of blasting to loosen this material and allow ‘free-digging” of higher-grade oolitic iron ore mineralisation (10-25m thick).
The trial pit and stockpiles of overburden and iron ore will be used for ore characterisation tests to support iron ore reserve estimates and mining and beneficiation studies in the Feasibility Study.
Importantly, these site works provide an early opportunity to reinforce Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
procedures with the Communities in alignment to our CDA, especially employment and occupational health and safety practices (OH&S). Key areas of future study will evaluate local business opportunities based on sustainable mining practices (zero wastes) including:
• Water Management – environment, hydrology, local use (potable, agriculture) and hydro-power.
• Building & Road Materials – bricks, tiles, aggregates.
• Horticulture – porous, fertile soils for legumes.