The Kinsevere Mine site is located in the Kipushi Territory in the Haut-Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), approximately 30 km north-northwest from Lubumbashi. Copper oxide is mined from three mineralised zones, namely Central Pit, Mashi Pit, and Kinsevere Hill. The mine is investigating the feasibility of extending the life of mine by extracting and processing sulphide ore.
Knight Piésold was commissioned to compile the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) to fulfil the requirements of Article 463 of the Regulations in terms of the Mining Code, thereby serving as an update of the 2012 ESIA (for Stage 2 of the mine development). Furthermore, the EISA assessed impacts associated with a sulphide expansion to increase production and extend the life of mine.
The project entailed a full suite of environmental and social baseline studies in collaboration with local and international specialists.
The objectives of this study were to:
In addition to the ESIA, the project entailed a comprehensive pit lake study to determine the volume and quality of water contained in the pit lake upon closure. Knight Piésold furthermore compiled a mine closure plan and closure cost model.