Canadian-based, African-focused diversified producer Ivanhoe Mines has selected Mark Farren as its chief operating officer and Steve Amos as its executive vice president of projects.
Executive co-chair Robert Friedland and president Marna Cloete made the announcement from the company’s Kamoa Copper Joint Venture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Farren, whose appointment is effective 1 November, worked at Ivanhoe Mines as executive vice president of operations between June 2014 and October 2019. As development advanced on the first phase of the Kamoa-Kakula mining complex, he was appointed chief executive officer of the Kamoa Copper Joint Venture for its construction and commissioning.
Prior to Ivanhoe, Farren served 22 years in the South African operations of Johannesburg-based Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).
Amos, whose placement is effective immediately reporting to Farren, worked at Ivanhoe Mines from 2011 as vice president of metallurgy and was appointed in 2019 to the Kamoa Copper Joint Venture as head of projects for the DRC.
With over 30 years of mining industry experience, he began his career working for Anglo American, and then spent six years at AMEC Minproc (now part of Wood Group).
“Mr. Farren and Mr. Amos oversaw the outstanding project delivery of both Kamoa-Kakula Phase 1 and Phase 2, which were both constructed during the COVID-19 pandemic, several months ahead of schedule and on budget,” Ivanhoe officials said.
“[They] will continue to guide the delivery of the extensive Ivanhoe Mines project pipeline. This includes the 5.0-million-tonne-per annum Phase 3 expansion at the Kamoa-Kakula mining complex and accompanying direct-to-blister copper smelter with a capacity of 500,000 tonnes per annum [as] Farren and Amos have been actively involved in the early engineering and planning for both projects.
“In addition, they will oversee the construction of the Platreef palladium, rhodium, nickel, platinum, copper, and gold project in South Africa, and the restart of the high-grade zinc, copper, lead, germanium Kipushi mine in the DRC.”
As previously announced, Riaan Vermeulen replaced Farren as the managing director of the Kamoa Copper Joint Venture in June 2022. In addition, Annebel Oosthuizen was appointed as the chief executive for commercial for Kamoa Copper.