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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Africa: May 7, 2007


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:: Developments in Zambian Copper

Zambia's largest mining and metals company, Konkola Copper Mines Plc (KCM), is well on track with expansion projects aimed at boosting copper production by 250 000 tonnes per annum from 20 000 tonnes to an annual total of 450 000 tones.

The various projects, including the new smelter and acid plant at Nchanga, are discussed in Mining Review Africa, issue 1 (2007), pps. 14-15).

New projects at Luanshya Copper Mines plc will increase copper production by 12.5% in 2007, and will then either double or quadruple the company's finished copper output as of late 2008. The projects are described in pps. 16-18 of Mining Review Africa, issue 1 (2007).

Developments at Kansanshi, one of Zambia's newer and larger copper mines is continuing, and are described on pp. 22 of Mining Review Africa, issue 1 (2007). These include a high pressure leach facility to treat a portion of Kansanshi's increased copper concentrate production.

The Bwana Mkubwa copper processing plant will not close down in 2008 when its main supply source- the Lonshi mine across the border in the DRC- is due to wind down, as explained in pps. 24-25 of Mining Review Africa, issue 1 (2007).

The Sable processing plant outside Kabwe is already producing copper and cobalt to 72% of its capacity, and is planning a potentially lucrative zinc project on its existing site (Mining Review Africa, issue 1 (2007), pps. 26-27).




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