Quick action on Wednesday prevented an accident from occurring at a smelter owned by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in Zambia’s Chingola town on the Copperbelt Province.

The mining firm confirmed that an incident occurred at Nchanga Smelter in the early hours of Wednesday that resulted in a run out of slag material although no injury occurred.

The incident occurred at the cobalt recovery furnace of the smelter, according to a statement released by the mining firm.

Enock Mponda, Head of the Smelting and Refining Unit said engineers noticed elevated temperatures near the tapping area prior to the event.

“As per our riskbased emergency protocols we ensured that all the people working in the area were evacuated, thus preventing any further injuries,” he said.

He said the slag run out was contained within the limited bunded area.

The smelter had been scheduled to undergo a planned shutdown on Friday, Oct. 11 for its routine maintenance which has since been brought forward to 48 hours following the incident.

The official said the smelter normally undergoes a major shut down every two years and is planned for a duration of 39 days.

He however said during this time all operations at the mining firm’s units will continue to run normally. Enditem

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