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Lumwana has 37-year life span

The Lumwana mine
plant at night
Lusaka, Zambia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 08 October 2009 – The Government of Zambia has confirmed that Equinox Minerals Limited’s Lumwana open pit mine in the north-western province has a life span of 37 years, while Mopani copper mine in Kitwe has a 35-year life.

Mines deputy minister Boniface Nkhata told parliament here that the estimated lifespan for Nchanga open pit was estimated at six years, the Nchanga underground mine 22 years, and the Baluba shaft 15 and Mopani copper mine in Mufulira five years.

Responding to questions on estimated ore deposits, Nkhata told the House that the Lumwana open pit reserve stood at 630 million tonnes, MCM-Kitwe 147 million, the Nchanga open pit 12 million, Nchanga underground 72 million, Baluba shaft 33 million, and MCM in Mufulira seven million. He pointed out that the life span of mines was subject to change depending on exploration activities, and said he was confident that the mining activities would contribute further to the development of the country.

Nkhata went on to reveal that five companies were currently conducting exploration activities in Kalabo, Lukulu and Kaoma districts in the country’s western province. He said that once deposits had been proved, mining development would commence.