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AVZ Minerals starts Manono environmental and social impact studies

The consultation process is paramount to AVZ’s social responsibility standards and regulatory approvals process.

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Dewatering of the Roche Dure Pit is expected to be completed in December

AVZ Minerals Ltd (ASX:AVZ) has started environmental and social impact studies at the tier-one Manono Lithium and Tin Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

EmiAfrica has been appointed to carry out these studies, which form part of the formal process for AVZ to obtain mining permits.

Consultants start meetings

Consultants from EmiAfrica, along with senior members of AVZ’s technical team, have started meeting with local chiefs and dignitaries.

The purpose of the meetings is to appraise them of the company’s intentions to mine the Roche Dure deposit, to obtain their input and address any concerns they have about future activities.

Dathcom Mining SA, a joint venture operating company which is majority-owned by AVZ, will be carrying out these activities.

“Critical component”

AVZ managing director Nigel Ferguson said: “Stakeholder consultation is a critical component of the process for obtaining mining permits to mine the Manono project, both in terms of explaining our social responsibility standards and addressing the regulatory approvals process.

“We look forward to meeting all of our key environmental stakeholders and explaining to them the benefits that our world-class lithium and tin project can deliver.”

Community briefings have been conducted with Chief Luba and Chief Kiluba along with their respective advisers, as well as with youth representatives of Manono.

Key stakeholder briefings with local chiefs and dignitaries have commenced.

Flora and fauna study

Under contract to Dathcom, EmiAfrica has started work on a flora and fauna study of Roche Dure, which is required under the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) program.

This is required to complete the Environmental Management Plan to support future mining operations in a sustainable manner.

In addition, Dathcom has appointed Canadian firm RD Consultants to undertake a hydrogeological investigation survey of Roche Dure, with work to start in the coming weeks.

Operational contracts

AVZ has awarded contracts for several studies at Manono:

  • Ore sorting - awarded to Nexus Bonum;
  • Marketing - Roskill;
  • Rail technical - Infraology;
  • IT infrastructure - Dynamic IT; and
  • Financial modelling - FTI Consulting.

Work studies are also being progressed relating to road transport, road refurbishment, catering services, diesel supply, resource to reserve generation and mine design.

Pit dewatering continues

At the project site, dewatering of Roche Dure pit is expected to be completed in December although the amount of sediment from artisanal washing of tailings material on the pit floor is unknown.

No further geotechnical drilling is required as work completed by AVZ’s technical team is considered to be of such high standard that logging and check work by the independent consultant will suffice.

Indicative slope design angles are expected to be available around mid-December and these will be used in the design of the initial open pit at Roche Dure.

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