Located in the so-called copper belt of southern Africa, Zambia has some of the highest grade copper deposits in the world.
The country is Africa’s largest copper producer, and one of the leading companies in its mining industry is Canada-based First Quantum Minerals Ltd. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kalumbila Minerals Ltd., First Quantum is currently developing the Sentinel copper deposit in northwestern Zambia, near the Angolan border.
From this mine, First Quantum expects to eventually produce 300,000 tonnes of copper. Once resource drilling is complete, the production target may be increased further.
Africa’s largest mills
The first phase of the development project has been settled with the placing of an order for two grinding lines, each including a 40’ SAG mill and a 28’ ball mill to be supplied by FLSmidth. These will be the largest mills installed in Africa to date. The order also includes a small warehouse for spares, to operate in conjunction with FLSmidth’s ongoing operation and maintenance contract at Nchanga in northern central Zambia.
According to government sources, Zambia expects other new copper projects to be developed in the coming years. They will boost the country’s annual copper output by more than 30 percent to at least one million tonnes over the next three years. Strong economic growth, combined with the significant reserves of copper ore and other minerals, make Zambia an attractive location for investments.
CONTACT: Anthony Filidore