JIMBE Minerals Limited will invest over US$9 million in a nickel mine in North-Western Province
According to an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report submitted to the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA), Jimbe will invest about US$9.4 million in the mine in Chief Nyakaseya’s area in Ikelenge.
The firm will also produce concentrates at the mine with an eight-year lifespan.
The report says the main project activities proposed to be carried out are site clearing and grubbing, stripping of topsoil to provide access to the ore, mining by blasting and excavation.
Other activities include mine dewatering, crushing and milling of ore, processing of ore into concentrates by gravity and floatation concentration, transportation and storage of materials, construction, waste management, operation of various project facilities and other related activities.
The report says the major project components are three open-pit mines, two waste rock dumps, a metallurgical processing plant and related units.
It will also include one tailing storage facility, boreholes for water supply and various auxiliary facilities, including a power supply system from Zengamina Hydro-electricity Power Station, office and residential accommodation, an analytical laboratory, vehicle parking areas and facilities for storage of fuel, lubricants and other materials, washing of vehicles, weighing and guarding premises.
ZEMA has since set April 30, 2014 for a public hearing in line with the provisions of the EIA law.