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Infrastructure development to grow Zambia mining sector

Mine consultancy SRK Consulting states that the Zambian mining sector is headed for a growth phase owing to planned infrastructure improvements. According to SRK Consulting principal mining engineering consultant Boniface Mwila, mine expansion and new projects in Zambia are already reflected in... 

Zest Weg Group Supplies Generator Sets For Kansanshi Mine

The ability to provide an engineered backup power supply solution that will ensure optimum reliability in a remote mining region secured Zest WEG Group a contract to supply containerised generator sets for First Quantum Mineral Ltd’s Kansanshi mine in Zambia. The contract award, which is for... 

First Quantum to upgrade smelter as Zambian smelting capacity dwindles

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian base metals producer First Quantum Minerals on Tuesday said it had decided to design and build an expansion to the 1.2-million-tonnes-a-year copper smelter and to defer completing the Kansanshi sulphide expansion until 2017, when the smelter expansion was expected to be complete. The... 

SA manufacturer delivers water-cooled components for Copperbelt mine

By: Zandile Mavuso Furnace component engineering and production company Thos Begbie has completed the manufacturing of water-cooled copper components for the Isasmelt furnace, based at TSX-listed First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Kansanshi mine on the Central African Copperbelt, in Zambia 

Refractory lining to be completed in June next year

By: Zandile Mavuso Mineral processing and mining services company Dickinson Group has been contracted to complete the refractory lining of all the smelting units at Toronto-listed company First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Kansanshi mine, in Zambia.  

Zambia’s economy set to grow by 8.1% in the next few years

By: Zandile Mavuso The completion of major copper mining projects in Zambia next year is expected to contribute to economic growth of 8.1% from 2014 to 2016, advisory firm KPMG states. 

Kansanshi mine, Zambia 

By: Sheila Barradas A copper mine located about 10 km north of the town of Solwezi and 180 km to the north-west of the Copperbelt town of Chingola, in Zambia. 

Housing project at copper mine on budget and on time

By: Yolandi Booyens Construction company African Modular Building Solutions reports that it aims to complete a housing project for mining company First Quantum Minerals’ Kanshansi mine, by March 25, adding that the project is on budget and on time. The Kansanshi mine, the largest copper mine in Africa, is 80% owned... 

First Quantum approves $840m Zambia expansion projects

The board of Toronto-listed First Quantum has approved $840-million worth of expansion projects in Zambia, where it owns the Kansanshi copper/gold mine and Trident project. The company, whose C$4.86-billion offer for base metals miner Inmet was snubbed last month, said its board had approved the... 

Foreign investors welcomed by Zambian government to promote growth

By: Zandile Mavuso The Zambian government’s decision to privatise the ownership of mines has proven to be economically beneficial in improving the sustainability of the country’s copper mines, as foreign investments have elevated the recovery of Zambia’s mining sector. 

Power accord in hand, First Quantum green-lights Sentinel

By: Matthew Hill Days after warning of delays should they not be forthcoming, copper and nickel producer First Quantum said on Wednesday it reached agreement with the government over power tariffs for its $1.7-billion Sentinel project in Zambia. As a result, the LSE- and TSX-quoted miner’s board gave the copper... 

Lower output, prices knock First Quantum's Q1 profit

By: Matthew Hill First Quantum, the Vancouver-based base metals producer, late on Wednesday reported a 42% drop in first-quarter adjusted profit to $119-million after copper production and prices fell from the levels seen in the same period in 2011. On a per share basis, the company made $0.25 in adjusted... 

Konkola miners win 17% pay rise

By: Reuters Konkola Copper Mines, the Zambia miner owned by Vedanta Resources, has awarded its workers a 17% pay increase, ending weeks of negotiations, a union official said on Friday. "We signed the new agreement yesterday and the lowest paid employee will now get three-million Zambian kwacha ($590) per... 

Zambia not looking to take 35% of mines – First Quantum chair 

By: Matthew Hill Copper miner First Quantum Minerals, which saw its shares plunge over 12% in Toronto on Wednesday, said that supposed plans by the Zambian government to take a 35% stake in the country’s mines were “misreported”. Speaking in a conference call, chairperson Philip Pascall said he was confident the... 

First Quantum committed to Zambia – Pascall

By: Henry Lazenby Vancouver-based First Quantum is committed to Zambia and looks forward to a fruitful partnership with the Michael Sata-led administration, chairperson and CEO Philip Pascall said this week, following a meeting with the new president. He said Sata’s willingness to engage with foreign investors to... 

Multiple projects progressing on schedule

By: Natasha Odendaal Metallurgical and chemical solutions provider Outotec is progressing on schedule with the €119-million design and delivery of a new manganese sinter plant, the largest in the world, for the Kalagadi Manganese project, near Hotazel, in the Northern Cape, says marketing communications manager for... 

First Quantum Q2 output falls

By: Liezel Hill First Quantum Minerals produced 64 500 t of copper in the second quarter, a 24% decline compared with a year earlier, after both operating mines suffered maintenance interruptions and the company's Kansanshi mine processed lower-grade oxide ore during the quarter. Gold production also declined... 

First Quantum profit rises on copper price

By: Liezel Hill Copper miner First Quantum Minerals increased first-quarter profit by 37%, after higher copper prices more than made up for lower production during the period. Copper production and sales were lower year-over-year, after the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo forced the company to... 

Early numbers on mooted Zambia smelter 'very compelling'

By: Liezel Hill First Quantum Minerals will have answers on a proposed new copper smelter in Zambia later this year, but early numbers suggest a “very compelling” value proposition for the project, executives said on Wednesday. First Quantum operates mines in Zambia and Mauritania, and announced in January it... 

First Quantum posts Q3 loss after Frontier closure

By: Chanel de Bruyn TSX- and LSE-listed First Quantum has reported a net loss of $136,7-million in the third quarter of the year, mainly as a result of having to close its Frontier copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The loss was compared with net earnings of $123,8-million recorded in the third... 

First Quantum Q3 copper output falls

By: Liezel Hill Vancouver-based First Quantum Minerals produced 18% less copper in the third quarter compared with a year earlier, after the DRC government told the company to withdraw from its Frontier mine. Output was also affected by a four-day shutdown of the sulphide circuit at the Kansanshi mine in Zambia... 

First Quantum Q3 copper output up 14%

By: Creamer Media Reporter Vancouver-based First Quantum Minerals produced 93 500 t of copper during the third quarter, an increase of 14% compared with the same period last year. For the first nine months of 2009, the company recorded production of 275 300 t of copper, 15% higher than a year earlier.  

Emulsion manufacturing plant commissioned in Solwezi

By: Amanda Strydom Explosives supplier BME officially commissioned an emulsion manufacturing plant last month in Zambia. The plant is based at the Kansanshi copper gold mine, in Solwezi. 

First Quantum posts $101,5m Q2 profit

By: Liezel Hill TSX- and LSE-listed First Quantum Minerals earned $101,5-million in the three months ended June 30, compared with $208-million a year earlier, the company announced on Monday. Profit was hurt by “significantly” lower copper prices compared with during the second quarter of 2008, as well as a... 

Record copper production achieved by miner in Q2

By: Sylvester Haskins Copper production at mining and metals company First Quantum’s Kansanshi operation in Zambia, increased 31% in the three months ending June 30, which contributed to a new quarterly record copper production of 80 600 t for the second quarter of 2008.  

First Quantum expects 37% output growth this year

By: Liezel Hill Vancouver-based copper-miner First Quantum Minerals expects 2008 production to increase by about 37% over last year, to 310 000 t, the firm said on Tuesday. 

Copper venture moves step closer to production on electricity deal

By: Talent Ngandwe After years of exploration at Lumwana mine, one of the world's largest undeveloped copper deposits, Equinox Copper Ventures has moved a step closer to bring the mine into production, after signing a $35-million power-connection agreement with Zambia's largest power utility, the Zambia Electricity... 

Engineering powerhouse active in the SADC

By: Jade Davenport German-based electrical engineering powerhouse Siemens is benefiting from the currently strong commodity-led growth in the African mining sector and is, consequently, pursuing increasing product, solution, and service-related opportunities, particularly in the Southern African Development... 

Come hither

By: Martin Creamer New Mines Minister wants junior explorers to open up Zambia's mining wealth 

Zambia seeks mining diversification and Copperbelt renaissance

By: andrew lanham Zambia, a landlocked, independent republic situated in south-central Africa, covers an area of approximately 750 000 km2 and has Lusaka as its capital. 

Powering the copperbelt

By: andrew lanham “The growth potential in Zambia is excellent,” says Nic van Wyk, manager of Coronatech Zambia, an independent company, part of the Coronatech group, which trades in the southern African region, from the Equator southwards. 

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