Lusaka, Zambia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 31 July 2009 – Zambia’s largest cobalt producer “’ Chambishi Metals Plc “’ has agreed cobalt concentrate supply deals with some mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and will now resume operations in August.
CEO Derek Webbstock said here that Chambishi “’ whose operations had been placed under care and maintenance in December, and had been scheduled to resume in July “’ would delay re-starting output until some mines in the DRC began to deliver cobalt concentrates.
“We should be able to resume operations when the suppliers deliver the concentrates they have committed to produce by the middle of August,” Webbstock told Reuters.
He said Chambishi “’ which had forecast output of 3 400 tonnes of cobalt in 2009 from 2 500 before it suspended operations last December “’ would first stockpile the cobalt concentrates before starting operations.
"We have concluded some negotiations and the suppliers have committed to deliver the concentrates, but we are still waiting to conclude others," Webbstock added.
He explained that some negotiations with DRC mining firms had taken longer than anticipated.
Chambishi “’ which was previously owned by Luanshya Copper Mines (LCM), a joint venture of Bein Stein Group Resources (BSGR) and International Mineral Resources (IMR) “’ is now owned by Enya Holdings of the United Kingdom.
The ownership of the company changed after China Nonferrous Metals Corporation (CNMC) had acquired an 85% stake in LCM in June.
Chambishi had also forecast that it would produce 20 000 tonnes of B-grade copper in 2009, but Webbstock did not say whether the company would also resume copper production.