A partnership between Randgold, AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. and state-owned Sokimo, Kibali shipped 642,720 ounces of gold worth more than $700 million in 2015. That helped increase production of the precious metal in the country from almost nothing in 2011 to more than 25 tons a year.
Production last year fell to 585,946 ounces after technical challenges in the first six months, but output is scheduled to peak at 750,000 ounces in 2018 as the underground operation reaches full capacity, Randgold says.
Other miners have been less successful in Congo. Randgold’s partner, AngloGold, suspended operations in 2013 at the Mongbwalu project, also in northeastern Congo, saying that it couldn’t make the economics of the project work. In the past decade, mining majors Rio Tinto Group, BHP Billiton Plc, Vale SA and De Beers have all held and abandoned mining licenses in Congo for different minerals without making headway.
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