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Zambia tells Vedanta unit to delay processing Chilean copper

By: Reuters Zambia has asked Vedanta Resources' Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) to delay the processing of copper concentrate it imported from Chile until it puts in place safety measures to avoid pollution, Zambia's deputy minister of mines said on Thursday. KCM said on June 3 it had imported its first... 

Vedanta's Zambia unit says cost of electricity biggest challenge

By: Reuters Vedanta Resources' Zambian unit Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) said on Thursday one of the biggest challenges it faced was the high cost of electricity in Africa's No.2 copper producer. "One of the big challenges that we have for the future, for us to be able to stabilize our operations, is to have... 

Zambia’s double-edged mining taxation sword

Zambia, one of the major players in mining in the Southern African Development Community, faced a shake-up in views surrounding the implications of a rise in underground mining royalties. As of 1 January 2015, legislation stipulated a rise in underground mining royalties from six to eight per... 

Tom Albanese

By: Martin Creamer Main Activity of the Company: Globally diversified mining company Date and Place of Birth: September 9, 1957, New Jersey, Ohio, US Education: Bachelor’s degree in mineral economics; master’s degree in mining engineering, University of Alaska, Fairbanks Career Path: 1981 to 1983, junior engineer... 

Process control company hones in on Africa

By: Ilan Solomons The African mining industry is becoming an increasingly important market for process control instrumentation and industrial electronics supplier Instrotech, a member of local technology group Comtest, with the company expanding its footprint on the continent, particularly in Zambia, says... 

Zambia power firm restricts power supply to Vedanta unit

By: Reuters Zambia's Copperbelt Energy Corporation, has cut down power supply to the Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) owned by London-listed Vedanta Resources after a dispute over electricity bills, the mining company said on Sunday. Konkola last week lost a court application to stop Copperbelt Energy, one of the... 

Zambian Minister commissions mining equipment

Zambian Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Wylbur Simuusa visited Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in his capacity as Nchanga Member of Parliament last month to familiarise himself with the company’s operations. Speaking after commissioning of new equipment at the Chingola Open Pits (COP) F&D, which... 

Copper mine invests in community programmes

Copper mining and metals company Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), in Zambia, restocked its Mushishima stream, in Chingola, with 50 000 fingerlings and launched a tree-planting programme at the Chingola Prison and selected local schools, in June. 

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.  

Empowered company acquires 26% of reagent chemicals trader ChemQuest

By: Leandi Kolver Broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) company Dziviri Potash, which is jointly owned by industrials investment companies Arkein International, Leruo MMVM Investment Holdings and Prograce Investments, acquired 26% of South African reagent chemicals trader ChemQuest earlier this month.... 

Zambia wants Vedanta's KCM to reduce planned layoffs

By: Reuters Zambia has told Konkola Copper Mines, owned by London-listed Vedanta Resources, and the country's mining unions to work together and find ways of mitigating proposed jobs cuts. KCM said last week it will cut 2 000 jobs in Zambia to restore profits. 

Zambia's Konkola says smelter to remain shut for one month

By: Reuters Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines, owned by London-listed Vedanta Resources, said on Tuesday that its Nchanga smelter will remain shut for one month. Konkola last week closed the smelter as a result of a metal leak through the wall of a furnace. 

Railway contractor undertakes various underground projects

By: Chantelle Kotze Railway and civil engineering contractor Flint Construction, a division of the First Tech group of companies, aims to complete the refurbishment of the existing railway infrastructure at 7 Level of junior platinum miner Atlatsa Resources’ Bokoni platinum mine, located on the north-eastern limb of... 

Economic recovery gaining momentum

By: Zandile Mavuso Following the recovery of copper mining in Zambia in the past decade, the country has redeemed its economy. 

Seychelles-registered group clinches Konkola underground development contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter Seychelles-registered mining contracting company Group R Mining & Exploration has been awarded a five-year contract for decline and ancillary underground development at Vedanta’s Konkola copper mine, at Chililabombwe, in Zambia.  

Zambia’s position as Africa’s top copper producer to be consolidated

By: Chantelle Kotze Large-scale copper and nickel development projects in Zambia are expected to consolidate the country’s status as Africa's largest copper producer, and will increase sub-Saharan Africa’s copper production from 1.2-million tons in 2011 to 1.7-million tons by 2015. 

South African consultancy assisting mining industry in Cameroon

By: Leandi Kolver Mining engineering consultancy SRK Consulting is currently advising the government of Cameroon on developing a minerals and mining industry in the country, chairperson Roger Dixon tells Mining Weekly. 

Increased need for equipment as mining operations evolve

By: Reggie Sikhakhane The global need for headgears, shaft equipment and related expertise is growing at a significant rate as openpit mines adopt underground mining methods to exploit finely disseminated or deep ore deposits.  

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