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Kabwe in $2.5m harmful base metals removal project

TRYNESS TEMBO- Lusaka
ENVIRO Processing Limited (EPL) is to develop washing tailings and leach plants to remove harmful base metals in Kabwe at a cost of over US$2.5 million.
The project is expected to operate for 10 years and anticipated to create about 50 direct jobs in the first phase with the possibility of more jobs in the second phase.
The objective of the project to be known as Kabwe Development Project-Zinc and Lead and other resources, is the removal of harmful base metals from the area and cleaning up of the tailings contained within the current dump site, among others.
This is according to EPL environmental impact assessment (EIA) report submitted to the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).
Kabwe is reported to be among the top 10 most polluted townships in the world mainly due to the occurrence of lead.
“EPL proposes to implement the proposed project through an investment of US$2.5 million. The proponent of the project, therefore, proposes removal of harmful base metals from the Kabwe area through the cleaning of the tailings contained within the current dump site by processing the wash plant tailings and the leach plant. Tailings as concentrates for export using sulphide precipitation method,” the report reads.
EPL intends to start the implementation of the project as soon as approval is given by ZEMA.
The project will be done in two phases with the first phase involving the construction of a five tonne per hour (TPH) pilot plant, followed by the construction and subsequent operation of a 50TPH commercial plant, calibrated by the operations of the five TPH pilot plants.
EPL is wholly owned by Berkeley Mineral Resources, which is a Junior Miner, listed on London’s Alternative Investment Market.