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Trigon Metals announces first concentrate production at Kombat Mine

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Trigon Metals Inc. has announced the production of the first copper concentrates at the Kombat Mine in Namibia.

Teams worked through the Christmas period to complete the installation of filter presses and to run ore through the full production process to achieve this milestone, meeting Trigon management’s forecasted goal.

The concentrate produced exceeded expectations, demonstrating that the combination of new equipment from Xinhai and refurbished equipment from the historic operation are operating well. The feed material for this initial production was sub-optimal lower grade ore, while grind size, residence times and reagent use are being optimised, but satisfactory copper grades were achieved approaching 20% copper and over 600 g/t silver, well ahead of expectation at this stage of start-up. Production continues, building up to first concentrate shipments toward the end of January 2022. A declaration of full commercial production is forecast for March 2022, as the mine production ramps up and systems are optimised.

Jed Richardson, President and CEO of Trigon, comments:

“This first production is a tremendous milestone for the company, the Kombat community, and our shareholders. Successful concentration of copper represents a major de-risking of the mine. A functioning mill is the primary technical hurdle in a mine’s operation, and that hurdle has been overcome at Kombat. I cannot overstate how proud I am of our team in reaching this goal; battling through shipping challenges, COVID-19, and working through the Christmas holidays.”

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