We acquired operational control of Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) in the DRC at the end of 2009. Since then, we have conducted detailed engineering studies and made substantial investments in our waste management systems to prevent discharge and spills. This included the construction of additional tailings storage facilities to store waste from the concentrator and processing plant, and neutralisation and settlement ponds to capture traces of heavy metals contained in the tailings.
As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, we monitor effluent every day. We have developed a pollution prevention plan that included:
- A comprehensive review of facility integrity
- Specialised training for affected personnel and management
- Constructing ponds to collect tailings and reagents during power outages
- Enhancing our pumping capacity for tailings management during power outages, with pumps connected to an emergency power generator
- Continued monitoring of all discharge water, which includes checks for pollutants and salinity changes