Amid a global push for sustainable mining practices, First Quantum Minerals (FQM) at Kansanshi Mine is leading the way with their Sulphide No. 3 (S3) expansion project.
The project, which recently resumed after a decade-long delay, is not just about increasing copper production but also setting new standards for environmentally friendly mining.
FQM’s commitment to sustainability is evident in their adoption of cutting-edge diesel-electric mining equipment, including a fleet of Hitachi EH4000 dump trucks.
These trucks not only boast impressive payload capacities but also significantly reduce the mine’s carbon footprint.
Additionally, the company is implementing design and engineering improvements based on successful practices from their Sentinel and Cobre Panama projects.
This forward-thinking approach not only enhances efficiency but also minimizes the environmental impact of mining operations.
Kansanshi Mine General Manager, Anthony Mukutuma, expressed his enthusiasm for the project’s potential.
He emphasized that FQM is taking steps to improve the environmental performance of the project. This is considered a priority for us from both an ESG (environmental, social, and governance) and a productivity point of view.
The S3 expansion project is expected to create nearly 2,000 jobs at its peak, making a substantial contribution to the local economy.
It is also set to boost Zambia’s copper production, aligning with the government’s ambitious goal of producing 3 million metric tonnes of copper by 2030.
As construction progresses, FQM’s investment in the S3 project is poised to demonstrate the benefits of sustainable mining practices.
The economic impacts are expected to be far-reaching, including increased tax revenue, diverse job opportunities, and a surge in spending on goods and services by employees and suppliers, benefiting both local and national economies.
The Kansanshi Mine’s journey towards greener mining serves as a noteworthy example of how the mining industry can embrace sustainability while driving economic growth.
This commitment to responsible mining practices is set to resonate with both environmental advocates and the business community alike.