Zambia’s first iron ore mine to start operations in July

Zambia's first iron ore mine is expected to start operations in July this year, with an estimated production of 10,000 tons of ore per month, the Times of Zambia reported on Thursday.


Sanje Hill iron ore mine is being developed at a cost of 10 million U.S. dollars by a local firm, Universal Mining and Chemical Industries Limited, under its integrated iron and steel manufacturing project and is situated in Nampundwe district, south of Lusaka, the country’s capital.

Roger Staley, the company’s general manager said the mine has a capacity of 5.4 million tons and estimated to yield tangible iron ore deposits over the next four to five years.

“We are continuing with the construction and it is due for completion mid this year. There are 284 staff and contractors on site,” he is quoted as saying by the paper.

The iron ore, he said, would be used as raw material to produce steel at the company’s steel plant unlike the current state where scrap was fed into the manufacturing of steel. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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