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First Quantum starts mining operations at Sentinel copper project in Zambia

January 27, 2014 - 15:48 GMT Location: Windhoek

KEYWORDS: Zambia , John Gladstone , First Quantum , FQM Sentinel , Kansanshi , Enterprise , copper , nickel

First Quantum Minerals has started mining operations at its Sentinel copper mining project in Zambia, the company said.

The miner is readying material for processing in June, when its plant is expected to become operational. Sentinel, a greenfield copper project, "has progressed on target and well within budget", John Gladstone, First Quantum's resource optimisation manager, said in an interview. "We have started stripping and box cuts at Sentinel," Gladstone said. "But we are going to have to move a significant amount of material before we can reach the ore below the surface," he added. The Sentinel...

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