8 March 2016

Geotechnical failure at Katanga Mining Limited

Glencore notes the announcement made today by Katanga Mining Limited regarding a geotechnical failure on the north wall of the KOV open pit mine at Katanga’s operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We understand that seven persons, who were believed to have been working on the ongoing dewatering of the pit in the vicinity of the failure, are currently unaccounted for.  In addition, an unknown amount of damage to the dewatering infrastructure in the pit is expected to have occurred.  

Katanga has mobilised its search and rescue team and the process of locating the unaccounted for personnel is in progress, as well as an assessment of the damage and recoverability of the affected infrastructure.  The families of the missing workers are in the process of being contacted and will be offered full support.

All relevant authorities have been informed and Katanga is working closely with them. Further updates will be issued as appropriate. 

For further information please contact:

Martin Fewings
t: +41 41 709 28 80
m: +41 79 737 56 42
Martin Fewings

Elisa Morniroli
t: +41 41 709 28 18
m: +41 79 833 05 08
Elisa Morniroli

Charles Watenphul
t: +41 41 709 24 62
m: +41 79 904 33 20
Charles Watenphul

Pam Bell
t: +44 20 7412 3471
m: +44 77 3031 9806
Pam Bell


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