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The Kansanshi mine, the largest copper mine in Africa, is owned and operated by Kansanshi Mining PLC which is 80% owned by a First Quantum subsidiary. The remaining 20% is owned by a subsidiary of ZCCM. The mine is located approximately 10km north of the town of Solwezi.

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.

Mining is carried out in two open pits – Main and Northwest – using conventional open pit methods and employing hydraulic excavators and a fleet of haul trucks. Ore treatment is flexible to allow for variation in ore type
either through an oxide circuit, a sulphide circuit and a transitional ore ‘mixed float’ circuit with facilities to beneficiate flotation concentrate to final cathode via the high-pressure leach circuit.

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.

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


Name of operation  Type of   Owner of  operation Commodity
Kansanshi Copper Mine Opencast First Quantum Minerals Copper
Lumwana Copper Mine Opencast Barrick Corporation Copper

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.