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Zambia to construct US $15m manganese smelting plant

Zambia is set to construct the largest manganese smelting plant in the country at a whopping cost of US $15m.

The project which will be under a Chinese company,  Hu-Cheng Mining LTD, will be located in Kapiri Mposhi district, in Central Province. The smelter will have capacity to process 40, 000 tonnes of manganese, which will produce steel alloy plates, to be used in the manufacturing of iron related products such as iron sheets and machinery.

“This plant we are constructing here will be the biggest in Zambia, we have a similar plant in China were we are processing raw manganese into semi-finished steel alloy so this one is a model of that plant in China,” said Yan Li, Hu-Cheng Mining LTD Production Director.

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Empowering local manganese miners

Construction is expected to be complete and handed over in July 2019. It  will help create over 200 job opportunities, and social responsibility programmes will be initiated for local people in the district. 400 permanent jobs will also be created.

Li also noted that the company will empower local manganese miners as Kapiri Mposhi, Mkushi and Serenje districts with mining equipment to enhance their mining capacity, in order to sustain the supply of the required manganese feed-stock to the plant.

“Small scale miners will have no challenge to supply us with manganese because we are going to supply them with machinery such as excavators and transfer mining skills to them to mine the ore to supply us to sustain the plant. The construction of the manganese plant and other investments coming to the district will help the local authority increase its revenue base,” said Yan Li.

Challenge in electricity supply

However, Mr Li notes that electricity will be a challenge during the construction process due to the high voltage of electricity supply needed at the plant. He said his company has since presented a request to ZESCO for supply the plant with a 33 kilo-volt line.

“We set up this plant in Kapiri Mposhi because the area is strategically located and has enough manganese deposits to sustain the plant,” said Mr. Li.

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Africa Rising: China is colonising Africa, according to the uninvited guardians of Africa. However, as a longstanding student of development, this is the best news I have heard from beloved Zambia, which supported our struggle against colonialism in all Southern Africa, about the construction of a huge manganese smelter (industrialization) to be completed in July 2019, in rural Kampiri Mposhi, where, as a longstanding student Chinese support for Africa, I know the Tanzania-Zambia Railway (donated by China 1970-1975) starts at Kapiri Mposhi station ending at Dar es Salaam port meant to save Zambia from exporting copper via colonial Rhodesia and South Africa. This is a story of rural development (curbing migration to squatter camps in big cities) and industrialization, which developing countries, dearly need, as China deed, lifting 750 million Chinese people from poverty between 1978 to 2018.

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