Chibuluma Mines Plc
This mine began production in 1955 and is currently owned 85% by Jinchuan Group Company and 15% by ZCCM-Investments Holdings. Chibuluma Mines has a current equivalent annual production capacity of approximately 19000 tons of copper in the form of concentrate. The mine extracts ore from an underground operation feeding an efficient well run concentrator, producing high quality concentrate that is sold to local smelters. Chibuluma continues to be described as Zambia’s model mine.
Mining enterprises in Kalulushi, Zambia
- An underground mechanised mine.
- Suppliers of copper concentrate to local smelters
- Developing Zambia and delivering to shareholders’ expectations
Chibuluma Mines has a goal to grow a sustainable African-focused base metal mining company that offers opportunities for the development of the country and delivering to shareholders’ expectations. The Chibuluma South opencast mine and metallurgical plant, near Kitwe, in northern Zambia, were established at a cost of US$11.5 million by South African mid-tier mining company Metorex. The concentrator and tailings dam accounted for US$7.37 million of the total project cost, with the development of the open pit absorbing US$1.35 million. The development of the underground phase required an estimated US$25-million, part of which came from the early-stage cashflow from the opencast operation.
Mining processing and refining in Kalulushi, Zambia
- High quality copper concentrate
- Providing the copper mining and processing industry with copper concentrate
- Concentrate, the first product of the copper production process
Concentrate is the first product of the copper production process and is sold directly to smelters for refining into copper. Because the metal conducts electricity and heat very well, it is an essential raw material. Its supply is one of the most important factors for effective energy transition. After processing, the metal can be used for various applications.
- Building wire
- Communications able
- Power distribution cable
- Appliance wire
- Automotive wire
- Cable and magnet wire
Drilling and Exploration in Kalulushi, Zambia
- Company has embarked on several exploration projects
- Commitment to expanding reserves and resources
- Exploration handled by an internal specialist team
Chibuluma Mine’s exploration responsibilities are handled by a specialist team within the company. The team provides the company with a wide range of exploration services, covering the design and management of exploration programmes. The goal is to help the company minimize financial mining risk and giving it an in depth and well defined understanding of the geological region when targeting and developing prospective sites.
Mining engineering in Kalulushi, Zambia
- Extensive experience in mining copper ore
- Innovative solutions to deliver optimum project outcomes
- Team of professionals are some of the most respected in the industry
Because the mining industry is a continually changing and competitive environment, Chibuluma Mines has developed innovative solutions to deliver optimum project outcomes. Their team of professionals are some of the most respected in the mining industry and possess expertise in many areas of mining, giving the mine significant benefits through improved mine development planning, operations and costing strategies.