Kitwe is the second-largest city in terms of size and population in Zambia. It is also one of the most commercially and industrially developed areas in the nation, alongside Ndola and Lusaka. It has a complex of mines on its north-western and western edges.
Mopani copper minerals has invested about USD1.3-billion in mining operations in Zambia. The operations see the mine expanding by sinking and equipping three new shafts in Kitwe. The shafts where completed in 2018 and are expected to increase the mine’s output from 3.8 million tonnes of copper to 9 million tonnes by 2020.
KCM has open-pit and underground mines at Nchanga and Konkola. The largest of the mine assets, Konkola, is the most northerly of the Copperbelt mines and is located 26 kilometres from Chingola. The mine has three operating shafts – Shaft No. 4, Shaft No. 3 and Shaft No. 1. Sinking of the No. 4 Shaft reached its desired depth of 1 500 metres in 2012.
Nchanga assets comprise open-pit and underground mining operations. KCM’s mining operations are heavily mechanised using surface drilling techniques, electric shovel loading and dump trucks.
NFCA currently mines at the Chambishi Main Mine and the Chambishi West Mine and is currently developing the Chambishi South-East Mine.
|Name of operation||Type of||Owner of operation||Commodity|
|Mopani Copper mines||Underground||Mopani Copper Mines Plc||Copper|
|Konkola Copper mines||Opencast & Underground||Konkola Copper Mines||Copper|
|Chambishi Metals||Processing||Eurasian Resources Group (ERG)||Cobalt|
|Luanshya Copper Mine||Opencast||CNMC||Copper|
|Underground||EMR Capital Resources||Copper|
|Ndola Lime||Processing||Zambian Government||Lime|
Exhibitors at all three Zambian expos should include companies 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.