MMG CEO Jerry Jiao said the agreement is a positive outcome for all stakeholders, including LXML Sepon
employees, the government of the Lao PDR, and the local communities and businesses in the region.
Vatthana Pholsena's account of Route 9 in southern Laos provides powerful descriptions of the lives of Sepon
villagers who lived through the US war in Vietnam and its aftermath.
It also owns and operates the Sepon
mine in Laos in partnership with the government of Laos.
Serra, who was in charge of Sepon
mine in Laos, was running smoothly on the right-hand side.
Personally, I've been involved in building a few projects, including Sepon
in Laos and Prominent Hill in South Australia, which have been equally successful in start-up, but having good people in the team makes it possible."
In previous roles he was employed by Oxiana Ltd where he was based in Laos both as a Mine Geologist and Resource Geologist at the Sepon
Copper Gold Project.
Perhaps China's most noticeable foray into the outside mining world came in 2009 with China Minmetals' (now Minmetal Resources) acquisition of most of OZ Minerals' operations in Australia and Laos, including the Century zinc mine and Sepon
copper and gold mines.
The granted area lies 40km east of the world-class Sepon
gold and copper mines in Laos and is part of the same geological and structural basin.
In announcing its bid for Anvil, Minmetals made note of the fact that it can "leverage off its significant experience in similar operations, such as its Sepon
project in Laos, which will produce around 80,000 mt of copper cathode in 2012."