Kolomela is one of Anglo American’s large iron ore producing mines. This open cast operation is situated near the town of Postmasburg in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Today’s post is a stunning blast sequences as published on Anglo’s Flickr feed.
According to Anglo “exploration on this project dates back to the 1950s, although the first impact studies were only undertaken in 2001. Construction started in late 2008 following the receipt of relevant permits. At the end of December 2011 the mine was 98% complete. The mine will achieve full production in 2013. The Kolomela mine ore bodies comprise hard, high-grade, conglomeratic and laminated haematite orebodies. The ores have been preserved as three separate orebodies within basinal and graben structures up to 2km long, 400m wide and 300m deep. Kolomela’s lump ratio is expected to be 60:40. Kolomela mine’s Ore Reserves amounted to 203.4Mt at 31 December 2011, while Mineral Resources (excluding reserves) were 162.3Mt at 63.6% Fe. The current LOM is 28 years”.