Botswana: Australian company to open new mine in Botswana

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Australian company Mount Burgess Mining has announced plans to open a zinc and lead metal mine in Botswana.

The company’s subsidiary, Mount Burgess Botswana, developers of Nxuu Resource, on Friday said the project presents a low risk development route, being a fully-oxidised shallow basin-shaped deposit with a maximum depth of 60m.

“The Company plans to produce zinc metal on site through solvent extraction and electro-winning and is also investigating producing lead metal on site by means of a process shown to be successful in metallurgical test work,” said Nigel Forrester, Mount Burgress Mining Chief Executive Officer.

He further said the company needs a commercial and reliable power supply for the purpose of producing zinc and lead metal on site.

Forrester said the Company needs to be able to determine a future time-frame for the provision of a commercial power supply in order to conduct a feasibility study on the project.

So far, the company has signed a non-exclusive letter of intent with Genser, a company that has built and successfully commissioned LPG plants for several remote mining projects, to assess the potential for the construction of an LPG power plant.

Statistics Botswana in March announced that the country’s metals production had gone down after production of copper-nickel-matte stopped following the liquidation of the largest metals miner – BCL.

According to the data authority there has been no production at BCL and its subsidiaries since the first week of the third quarter of 2016.
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21 july 2017 10:57:23

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