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BHP starting exploration in Zambia

Maxwell Mwale,
Zambian Mines
Lusaka, Zambia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 22 September 2009 – Mining giant BHP Billiton “’ the world’s largest mining company “’ is preparing to start next month with an exploration programme in search of metals such as copper, gold and silver in western Zambia.

Revealing this in an interview here with Reuters, mines minister Maxwell Mwale said BHP planned to use specialised equipment for the mineral exploration in Zambia, which is Africa’s largest copper producer. “They will mount specialised equipment to measure the magnetic properties of rocks,” he explained.

“The company will be using modern technology which will enable easy identification of copper, gold and silver deposits, in which the mining company is interested.”

Mwale said Zambia would continue to encourage mining companies to venture into mineral exploration and mining in order to derive the full benefits from the country’s mineral deposits.