Modern Mining

In its production and financial results for the third quarter ended 31 December 2017, Vedanta Resources says that the US$400 million Gamsberg zinc project in the Northern Cape is on track for first production in mid-CY2018, with a 9-12 month ramp up to full production of 250 kt/a of zinc in concentrate.

                   Construction in progress at Gamsberg (photo: VZI).

The company says that 70 % of the pre-stripping has been completed with a record 12,3 million tonnes of waste excavation in the quarter, in line with the plan. Some 500 kt of ore stockpile is targeted ahead of first feed. Construction of the concentrator is well underway, with the ball mill shell and crusher mechanical erection completed in Q3 FY2018. Power and water pipeline infrastructure is around 90 % complete. Cold commissioning of the concentrator plant is expected in Q1 FY2019.

Discovered more than 40 years ago and held undeveloped in the asset portfolios of various mining companies, Gamsberg was acquired from Anglo American by the Vedanta group in 2011. Its development is well timed to feed into a global supply-demand gap and forms part of Vedanta’s commitment to the development of the region.

Gamsberg has a large reserve and resource of 214 Mt, with an average grade of between 6 and 6,5 %, and an estimated life of mine (LOM) of 30 years. In Phase 1, which has a LOM of 13 years, 4 Mt/a of ore will be produced from Gamsberg’s open pit.

The project, located about 30 km from Aggeneys, is being developed by Vedanta Zinc International (VZI), part of the Vedanta Group.

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