Zambia is blessed with a wealth of mineral resources, although the shining star of its mineral portfolio is (and has been) copper for many decades. Gold, iron, gemstones and other industrial minerals that include feldspar, silica sand and talc are also evident in this country.
The Zambia leg of MTE’s 2018 calendar stretches over one week and will see the team visit three different major mining locations.
The country has yielded positive results from copper, which is Zambia’s biggest export. Copper process has increased and therefore has had a positive impact on the country’s economy.
MTE Kalumbila 2019
Kalumbila is a copper-nickel mine in north-west Zambia, also known as Sentinel, and it represents one the largest copper reserve in Zambia and the world, with estimated reserves of one billion tonnes of ore grading 0.51% copper.
Sentinel’s processing facility has a target throughput rate of 55 million tonnes a year of ore at an average grade of 0.51% copper. Annual production is expected to range between 280 000t and 300 000t of copper.
Lumwana is another mine located in what is considered to be the most prospective copper regions in the world. Lumwana ore is treated through a conventional sulphide flotation plant producing copper concentrate for smelting. The mine has about 207.6 million tonnes of remaining ore reserves.
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Sentinel Copper Mine
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