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Weatherly Mining Namibia, the subsidiary of UK-based miner Weatherly International, has launched the US$88.3mn Tschudi copper mining project in Namibia
The ground breaking ceremony of the Tschudi copper project was attended by the British High Commissioner to Namibia HE Marianne Young, the Namibian minister of mines and energy, Isak Katali and Weatherly Mining Namibia officials.
The open-pit mine will be constructed 13km north of Tsumeb and is expected to become operational in the next 16 months, according to company sources.
“The final copper product will be suitable for potential downstream manufacturing activities,” the mining company said.
Weatherly Mining Namibia plans to use heap leaching and solvent extraction technology to process the copper ore before passing it to an electrowinning refinery that will produce about 17,000 tonnes of pure refined copper per annum.
Tsumeb also houses a metals smelter and some light industries. A sulphuric acid plant is being constructed near the smelter, by Canada’s Dundee Precious Metals.
During the construction of the Tschudi open-pit copper mine, about 800 people are expected to be employed. Weatherly Mining Namibia plans to add 600 more employees to its workforce, once operations commence.