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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 Solwezi 2019

Solwezi is the capital of the Zambia’s North-West province, home to about 65 000 inhabitants many of whom work in Solwezi’s main industry, copper mining.

Kansanshi Mine, one of Solwezi’s biggest mines, exploits copper-gold ore from Kansanshi Anticlinal and has been running since the 19th century. Lumwana, Solwezi’s other big mine, was discovered in 1961 but serious work wasn’t carried out there until Equinox Minerals became involved in 1999. Uranium is also mined in Solwezi at the Lumwana Mine north of Solwezi town.

Solwezi is a fast-growing town due to the booming mining industry, which has made it an international attraction for investments. Being the biggest copper mine in Africa, Kansanshi, has undergone several expansions since it began operation in 2005. The mine is capable of producing 340 000t of coper and over 120 000oz of gold annually.

Industry in the Solwezi area, aside from mining, includes processing, acid, quarries and engineering.

Mine info Visitors Useful Links
Name of operation: Kansanshi Mine
Type of operation: Opencast
Owner of operation: First Quantum Minerals

Sentinel Copper Mine
Lumwana Copper Mine

Exhibitors, the visitors would like to see those that supply equipment or products to the copper mines, or that supply equipment or products that can be used in the copper mining process.

Zambia is one of Africa’s biggest copper producers so, if you’re involved in that business, this is the expo for you.