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Copper-processing plant to open at Kalulushi dumpsite

Mineral Junxion Zambia has budgeted US$3 million to construct a mineral processing plant to extract copper and cobalt slag at the dumpsite owned by Konkola Copper Mine in Kalulushi.

The company has already submitted an environmental impact statement (EIS) report to the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA), ahead of commencing the project.

The plant is scheduled to process about 100 tonnes of copper materials per day to produce three tonnes of copper concentrate, and almost 97 tonnes will be disposed of as waste per day.

According to Mineral Junxion Zambia, the concentrator project is a froth flotation plant to be used to process concentrate copper sulphides and cobalt-based ores.

“This process method is advantageous of reasonable cost design, high practicability and stability, low-cost maintenance, and high efficiency,” the company said.

“The proposed concentrator project is estimated to cost US$3 million and it will be implemented on a 70,000 square metres piece of land, including ancillary structures,” reads part of the EIS report.

The report further reveals that under the project, 500 job opportunities will be created with 150 being permanent and the proposed project lifespan is about 25 years.

However, the number of years is likely to increase if more waste tailing materials are sourced for the concentrator processes.

The main objective of the project is to construct a mineral-processing plant to process copper sulphides and cobalt-based ores and meet demand for the products of copper and cobalt.

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