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Frontier Project
Frontier
Country Congo Dem. Rep. of 
Close to Ndola
Status PRODUCTION 
Latitude / Longitude 12 S 36 / 28 E 34
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Status Risk : Production
Country Risk : Important
Title(s) of the Frontier Project
First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
Interest: 95%
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The Company’s 95% interest in Frontier is held by a subsidiary with the remaining 5% being held by the government of the DRC. Mining at Frontier is governed by two licences renewed in February of 2006. Each provides for the exclusive mineral rights to copper and other minerals and is valid for a period of 30 years. A number of leasehold interests secure access to the surface areas for mining.
Location of the Frontier Project
The Frontier mine is located near the town of Sakania in the DRC, within 2 kms of the Zambian border, and the paved highway that parallels it, roughly equidistant between the city of Ndola (35 kms) to the southeast and the Mopani smelter at Mufulira. It is also approximately 45 kms from First Quantum's Bwana Mkubwa SX/EW facility. The main railway from the Copperbelt in Zambia to Lubumbashi in the DRC passes within 5 kilometres of the Frontier site.
 
History of the Frontier Project
The Company’s discovery of Frontier resulted from an exploration program following a date review and soil sampling after the successful discovery and development of Lonshi. The area in which Frontier is located was explored in the 1930s and the 1970s. A copper occurrence at Frontier was first described by Union Minière in 1932. Companies which have explored this area include Rhodesian Anglo American Limited, Union Minière and a Japanese group in association with Sodimica. The Company, through its subsidiary Compagnie Minière de Sakania (“Comisa”), acquired exploration licences in respect of Frontier in January of 2001 and July of 2002.
 
Geology of the Frontier Project
Mineralization at Frontier is sediment hosted and epigenetic in style. It occurs higher in the stratigraphy than traditional Copperbelt deposits such as Mufulira and Nchanga.
 
Production history
Metal2010200920082007
COPPER (lbs)104,720,000203,486,667176,810,73419,206,672
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Data last updated on : 12/31/2007
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