Zambia approves $640 mln First Quantum copper smelter
LUSAKA | Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:34am EST
Nov 21 (Reuters) -
Zamia has granted environmental approval to Canadian group
First Quantum Minerals
for a planned 300,000 tonnes per year copper smelter,
the environmental management agency said on Wednesday.
First Quantum applied in July for environmental approval for
the $640 million smelter at its Kansanshi mine licence area
in the Solwezi, about 600 kilometres north-west of Lusaka.
The project has a projected lifespan of over 20 years and the
total anticipated work force during operation stage is 800.