Sepon is an open-pit copper and gold mining operation in the Savannakhet Province, central Laos. The registered name of the operating company is Lane Xang Minerals Limited (LXML), of which MMG owns 90% and the Lao Government owns 10%.
The operation commenced production in 2005.
Sepon produces 99.9% copper cathode using a whole-of-ore leach, solvent extraction and electro-winning (SX-EW) process. The operation's copper cathode is registered as Copper - Grade A quality by the London Metal Exchange (LME). Hence, Sepon copper is eligible for delivery to LME-approved warehouses.
Copper cathodes are transported via road and sea to manufacturers of cable, wiere and tube in Asia and Europe.
Since 2012, Sepon has consistently exceeded designed nameplate capacity due to productivity and efficiency improvements. Sepon achieved a new annual production record of 90,300 tonnes of copper cathode in 2013.
2014 production guidance for Sepon is 88,000–93,000 tonnes of copper cathode.
The Sepon gold project yielded its first gold and silver doré in December 2002. In early 2005, an expansion of the original gold processing facility was completed, doubling the capacity of the gold processing plant to 2.5 million tonnes of ore per annum.
Since the commencement of operations, the Sepon gold operation has produced over 1.2 million ounces of gold through open pit mining and conventional treatment of oxide gold ore.
MMG ceased gold operations in December 2013 due to depleting ore reserves and lower margins. The gold plant has been placed on care and maintenance while the Sepon operation focuses on copper production.
The Sepon mine is located in Vilabouly district, Savannakhet province.
It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
Sepon is a closed site and does not provide tours.
Sepon’s administrative functions are managed out of the Vientiane office.
MMG House, Bourichanh Road, Sisattanak District,
PO Box 4486, Vientiane Capital Lao PDR
T (021) 268 200
F (021) 268 201
The Vientiane office operates from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Robin Hamilton Coates
External Relations Manager
General Manager Sepon
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||Located in Savannakhet province, southern Laos, approximately 40 kilometres north of the town of Sepon.
||Copper cathode, gold doré.
|Current mine life
full-time equivalent as at 31 December 2013
|3,943 employees and contractors.
||Open pit mining.
||Whole-of-ore leach, solvent extraction-electrowinning (SX-EW).
as at 31 December 2013
|1.1 million tonnes copper
3 million ounces gold
12 million ounces silver
as at 31 December 2013
|0.5 million tonnes copper
0.1 million ounces silver
0.03 million ounces gold
||Copper cathodes are transported via road and sea to manufacturers of cable, wire and tube in south-east Asia.