Ivanhoe Mines, SES Networks provide connectivity for mining industry in Congo

The Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will benefit from reliable high-performance managed connectivity services delivered by SES Networks, the company said.

The solution will be provided under an agreement with Ivanhoe Mines, a mineral exploration and development company, SES has announced.

The managed services and fibre-like connectivity from SES Networks will be powered by its O3b Medium Earth Orbit satellite fleet. It will enable operators on site to do video-conferencing with headquarters, use cloud-based applications to access and upload critical data, and improve overall productivity and safety.

The Kamoa-Kakula mining project is the world´s largest undeveloped high-grade copper discovery. Located about 270 kilometres away from the provincial capital of Lubumbashi, the mine exploration covers a near-surface stratiform copper deposit with adjacent exploration areas within the Central African Copperbelt. The project is a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines, Zijin Mining and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and Internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. SES´s portfolio includes ASTRA, O3b and MX1, a media service provider that offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. SES is listed on the Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange (ticker: SESG). Further information available at: www.ses.com

Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN; OTCQX: IVPAF) is advancing three principal projects in Southern Africa: mine development at the Platreef platinum-palladium-gold-nickel-copper discovery on the Northern Limb of South Africa´s Bushveld Complex, mine development and exploration at the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project, and upgrading at the historic, high-grade Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-germanium mine on the Central African Copperbelt in the DRC.

The combined Kamoa-Kakula Indicated Mineral Resources total approximately one billion tonnes grading 3.02% copper, containing 66 billion pounds of copper, and another 191 million tonnes of Inferred Resources at 2.37% copper, with a 1.4% copper cut-off grade. In August 2012, the DRC government granted mining licences to Ivanhoe Mines for the Kamoa-Kakula Project, with the mine development work beginning in July 2014 with construction of a box cut for the decline ramps for the planned Kansoko Sud Mine. The first development ore from Kansoko was brought to surface in July 2017. Development work on the ultra-high-grade Kakula Discovery began in June 2017, 10 kilometres south of the Kansoko Sud Mine. Ivanhoe estimates the potential for the ultimate mining rate at Kamoa-Kakula of at least 18 million tonnes a year, through a number of phased expansions. For further details, visit www.ivanhoemines.com