Investment Projects

Industrial development of the copper deposit at the Zhaysan deposit

  • Indicator Results
  • Investment amount, thousand US dollars 118 436
  • NPV of the Project thousand, US dollars 111 287
  • IRR, % 27,4%
  • IBITDA yield, % 60%
  • Payback period, years 10,2
  • Discounted payback period, years - - 11,4

Project description:

This investment project provides for an industrial development for the extraction and processing of copper ore at the Zhaysan deposit.

Products:

Cathode copper, silver in granules.

Production process:

Mining – by underground method;
Processing – the extracted oxide ore is transported by road to the heap leaching site of the Shatyrkul mine. The sulfide ore is delivered by road to the Berlik-1 station, then by railway transport to the Balkhash Processing Plant (BOF). The copper concentrate obtained at the BOF is processed at the Balkhash Metallurgical Plant.

Annual production capacity:

600 thousand tons of ore.

Prerequisites for the Project implementation:

High demand.

It is expected that the stable growth in demand for refined copper will continue in the coming years. Copper plays a significant role in modern infrastructure, power generation and transmission, transport, communications, in the production of industrial equipment and electrical appliances. According to the forecasts of the International Copper Study Group, the annual growth in demand for refined copper by 2% in 2019 and by 1.5% in 2020.

Price stabilization.

To date, world prices for refined copper show a moderate increase. According to the forecasts of Bloomberg analysts, a moderate increase in prices for refined copper is expected with its subsequent stabilization in the medium term: 2019 − 6038.5 US dollars, 2020-5961 US dollars, 2021 − 6011 US dollars, 2022-6054.5 US dollars, 2023 − 6087 US dollars per ton.

World silver production.

Over the past 5 years, Kazakhstan has been among the ten largest silver producing countries. According to the USGS, Kazakhstan ranks 3rd in terms of silver reserves in the world.

Reserves of the field

Indicators
Units of measurement
Stocks
Zhaysan

Balance sheet
reserves
Copper (С1)
thousands of tons
205,6
Copper (С2)
thousands of tons 96,1
Molybdenum (С1)
tons
908
Silver (С2)
tons
35,2

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