LXML Conducts Ceremony for Underground Exploration to Start Underground Mining
February 08, 2021
On 4 February 2022, Lane Xang Minerals Limited (LXML) Sepon Mine employees conducted a traditional ceremony on an auspicious day to celebrate the breaking of ground for an exploration decline at Sepon mine site. The project is intended to introduce the first modern underground mine in Lao PDR.
“Sepon has thousands of years of mining history,” said Paul Harris, LXML General Manager. “This new development will extend the life of Sepon mine with modern equipment and advanced mining techniques.”
LXML is introducing valuable expertise and equipment to Lao PDR to prepare for the project and is confident of success. Exploration work at the underground mine will commence in an existing pit at Sepon mine. LXML is consulting with Lao Government agencies regarding specifications and potential impact.
“I am very proud of LXML’s contribution to socio-economic development in Lao PDR,“ said Mr Harris. “Chifeng Gold has invested considerable resources in plant and equipment to recommence and expand gold production at Sepon Project. I am certain that this underground project will set a good example for other mining operators in the country and offer an opportunity to sustainably develop mineral resources at other sites using similar techniques.”
LXML Sepon has been operating an open-pit gold and copper mine since 2003. Over the past two decades, LXML has contributed over US$1.6 billion in direct revenue through taxes and royalties to the Lao Government, and hundreds of millions in indirect benefits through community development, employment, and training. LXML is committed to mining for excellence and as a partner in development in the Lao PDR.