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Thursday, 10 September 2009

Mine Watch (Kitwe)

Swiss company Glencore International AG plans to develop an open pit copper mine in the Mindola ore body in Kitwe, after formal clearance by the Environmental Council of Zambia (ECZ). The Mindolo ore body is one of the nation's oldest mining sites, located within the Nkana mine, which together with Mufulira copper mine and Mufulira smelter, are operated by Mopani. According to a statement released by ECZ : "Mopani intends to develop an open pit mining operation with the intention of mining approximately 260,000 tonnes of ore at a copper grade of 4.22 percent".

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