EPCM and project management service provider to the mining and minerals industries, TWP, has been appointed to design the headgear, shaft and underground infrastructure of the R1 billion (US$0.14 billion) Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) Number Four Shaft Project.

TWP CEO Nigel Townshend says the project comprises a vertical shaft from the surface to a depth of 1,500 metres and a sub-vertical deepening of 500 metres. Grinaker LTA Mining will be the sinking contractor. “This prestigious project is the largest new mining venture in Zambia for many years, and will deepen the Konkola mine to access 250 million tonnes of copper ore and extend the life of the mine to 2032,” Townshend says

KCM, majority owned by FTSE 250 company, Vedanta Resources, is located at Chingola.

The KCM project represents another of TWP’s successes which include Impala 20 Shaft, Total Coal South Africa’s Forzando South, Union Chrome and Anglo Platinum Potgietersrus Platinum North concentrator.