THE $2.1 billion Kalumbila Mines is scheduled to commence full scale production before the end of the year to contribute to the country’s economy.
Kalumbila Minerals Limited (KML) general manager Damien Marantelli said the company was currently installing some of the final equipment required to full commissioning of the mines.
Mr Marantelli said the equipment currently being installed include in-pit crushers, ore conveyors to the processing plant and ZESCO power connection to the machinery.
This came to light when Solwezi District Development Coordinating Committee(SDCC) led by acting district commissioner Chipawa Chipawa held a meeting with KML management at the weekend..
Mr Marantelli said KML which was expected to produce between 280, 000-300, 000 tons of copper per annum, has in the last six months stockpiled 6, 000 tons of copper concentrate processed using on-site power sources.
KML assistant general manager Tristan Pascall said the company was committed to using local labour but needs highly skilled staff because of the latest mining methods at the mine which would put Zambia at the top of mining technology.