Lusaka, Zambia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 11 September 2009 – Zambia “’ Africa’s largest copper producer “’ has projected a slight rise in 2009 copper output to 664 000 tonnes, compared with previous estimates of around the 600 000 tonne mark.
Revealing this in a statement here, the Zambian Treasury said the slight increase was due to rising production in the country’s mines this year.
The Treasury went on to say that latest data indicated that output from the nation’s copper mines could be expected to increase by a further 5% in 2010.
“Total copper production in 2010 is projected to increase by about 5% from a projected 664 000 metric tonnes in 2009 to 697 000 metric tonnes,” the Treasury revealed in a medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) policy document.
It added that copper output would gradually rise to 750 000 tonnes per year by 2012.