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.