The Rosebank-headquartered gold producer entered into agreements to buy these mines from Mintails Mining SA Pty Ltd for ZAR50.0 million (US$2.8m), in November 2020. Mintails Mining SA, which owns two mines, was placed in provisional liquidation in 2018.
The deadline to conclude the Mintails deal was already extended previously to August 31 before being lengthened again to September 30.
Pan African completed a definitive feasibility study on the Mogale Gold tailings storage facilities in June.
Construction is expected to start in April 2023 and commissioning is set for July to December 2024.
“Pan African is pleased to have finally closed the sale transaction. Our studies have demonstrated robust operational and financial economics, with the project having the potential to further increase our high-margin, long-life production from tailings retreatment operations,” Pan African Chief Executive Officer Cobus Loots said.
“The area where Mintails is situated presents a number of environmental and social challenges. We will require the assistance of the government and all the other legitimate stakeholders to successfully address those challenges, remediate the site and develop a world-class project.”
Following the completion of the DFS, Pan African commenced detailed engineering optimisation studies and the impact assessments required for the environmental authorisation process, stakeholder engagements and permitting.
Harmony Gold acquires Eva Copper project
Eva will add 1.718-billion pounds of copper and 260 000 oz of gold to Harmony’s mineral reserves and extend the company’s diversification into copper, a future-facing metal critical to the energy transition.
The project is envisioned to be a conventional open-pit operation, which will produce more than 100 million pounds a year of copper production and 14 000 oz/y of gold over a 15-year mine life.
“Acquiring Eva Copper is strategically important to our growth journey. It opens a new copper/gold frontier for Harmony within a highly attractive Australian mining area, supplementing our 50% interest in the Tier 1 copper/gold Wafi-Golpu project.
“Eva Copper lowers our risk profile, providing additional scale and meaningful diversification that positions Harmony for the future,” said Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp in a statement.
Harmony will fund the transaction, which already received approval from the South African Reserve Bank, with existing cash and available debt facilities.