Represented Mining Operators

LuNa Smelter is a leading tin producer located in East Africa, in Kigali, Rwanda. 

European Luma Holding joined forces with Rwandan partner Ngali Holdings Ltd to create a strong joint venture project and named it; LuNa Smelter Ltd.

This is a progressive move towards the development of Rwanda’s mining sector. The Luna Smelter plant project is the only one of its kind in East Africa.

•The main focus of the LuNa Smelter is to create a value of the company by creation of a modern, sustainable industrial plant, unique for the East and Central Africa region.  

•LuNa Smelter is designed and planned to become a leading African conflict free, high quality tin supplier, as well as a producer of other minerals obtained during the production process, such as tantalum concentrate from the post production slag. With starting capacity of ca. 300 tons of tin metal per month, LuNa Smelter will conduct activities leading towards launching a second fully automatised production line, what will raise the production up to 600 tons per month.

LuNa Smelter activities boosting the entire industrial and mining sector of East Africa, especially development of the new 3T mining projects. 

The company is open for cooperation with cassiterite tin suppliers from the region, who respect environmentally friendly and socially responsible conflict-free business practices.

Tin Smelter:  LuNa Smelter is equipped with 2 EAF with a total capacity of 1000 KVA. Each furnace has three graphite electrodes of 350 mm. For the impurities control the plant has three refining furnaces. Another two segregation furnaces are used for the recycling of the scrap from the refining and collect the tin from it. One furnace is used for ingots process. Pure tin metal is being transferred from the refining furnaces to the ingots furnace and then – distributed to molds.

• The plant has special devices for magnetic separation for enriching of cassiterite (tin ore)

• Luna Smelter produces high-quality tin ingots, which correspond to the specifications traded at LME: 

SN

99.58% Min

AI

0.0010% MAX

AS

0.030% max

BI

0.030% max

Cd 

0.0010% max

The Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project – a joint venture  between Ivanhoe Mines, Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd.  and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo – has been independently ranked as the world’s largest, undeveloped, high-grade copper discovery by PDAC 2015 (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and by international mining consultant Wood Mackenzie).

It is a very large, nearsurface, stratiform copper deposit with adjacent prospective exploration areas within the Central African Copperbelt, approximately 25 kilometres west of the town of Kolwezi and about 270 kilometres west of the provincial capital of Lubumbashi. On December 13, 2016, Ivanhoe Mines announced results of a positive, independent, preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of initial options for the start-up of world-scale copper mining on the Kakula and Kamoa deposits in the D.R. Congo.