Construction and development at Alphamin Resources’ Bisie tin mine in the eastern part of the DRC remains on schedule despite the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu.
Alphamin Resources has made significant progress in the development of its Bisie tin project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Alphamin says in a statement that 75% of the development at Bisie has been done and construction of the processing plant is on schedule to be completed by quarter one of 2019.
The 600 plus employees at Bisie has worked more than one million hours. To date, the mine has reported no lost time injuries. Progress has been consistent, and underground workers have developed more than 1 709m. Up to now, in excess of 256 tons of steel have been used in the construction of the processing plant. Most of the remaining kit and equipment has been delivered to site.
One of the most challenging tasks for the project team was to hack an access road of 36km through the thick rainforest. This road and the airstrip are now complete, and all deliveries are getting to the mine without any difficulties.
Ebola outbreak in North Kivu
Social development investments targeting over 1 500 households for livelihoods and community infrastructure projects continue. Site security and community relations have been strengthened further by the peaceful and voluntary migration of the remaining 500 artisanal miners from Alphamin’s concession in late 2017 and early 2018.
The company says that the recent Ebola outbreak in the North Kivu province is being monitored closely and strict protocols have been put in place to reduce the risk of transmission at Bisie.
“Incidence of infection have been reported about 1 200km from Bisie by road. To date there has been no impact on the company’s operations.”