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KCM Faces Challenges Despite Plans to Restart

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in Zambia is gearing up for a resumption of operations as Mines Minister Paul Kabuswe assures that all necessary documentation with Vedanta Resources has been completed. 

The only remaining aspect is the scheme of operations, currently undergoing legal scrutiny, with all processes finalized by December of the previous year.

However, despite the positive developments, Cornelius Chimbanga, General Manager of the Konkola Deep Mine Project, has highlighted challenges hindering the mine from operating at full capacity. Liquidity issues are a significant hurdle, impacting the mine’s overall efficiency.

Hastings Sholande, Mine Manager for Shaft 4, has brought attention to a critical challenge— the substantial cost associated with pumping out underground water. 

Mr. Sholande emphasizes that any disruption in this process could lead to a rapid flooding scenario, putting the mine at risk of inundation within a mere 40 minutes.

The combination of Minister Kabuswe’s assurances and the acknowledgment of challenges by KCM’s management underscores the complex landscape that the mining operation currently navigates. 

It remains to be seen how these issues will be addressed to ensure the smooth and sustainable resumption of operations at Konkola Copper Mines.

Souce: Copperbelt Katanga Mining

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