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KCM launches new copper smelter

KCVM’s Nkana Smelter
– the largest primary
copper production
plant in Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 19 November 2008 – Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) – the largest mining and metals company in Zambia with an annual capacity of 200,000 metric tonnes of copper – has launched its new Nchanga copper smelter as part of its plan to raise copper cathode output to 500 000 tonnes within two years.

Reuters quotes company officials as saying that the Nchanga smelter – which has a capacity to produce 300 000 tonnes of copper per year and cost US$500 million (R5.1 billion) – is one of major projects the mining company has undertaken to raise copper production.

A company statement released here said the smelter had produced its first blister copper, which was to be transported to the Nkana Copper Refinery for processing into cathode copper. The Nkana copper refinery is a unit of KCM, which is majority owned by London-listed Vedanta Resources Plc.