Kansanshi Mine is probably one of the oldest mines in Africa, with direct copper smelting dating back to the 4th Century. It is the largest copper producer by output in Zambia and is 20% owned by ZCCM-IH, with the balance owned by First Quantum Minerals Limited.

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Key Milestones

  • Reached full commercial production in April 2005;
  • Granted award as “Largest Tax Payer” in Zambia by the Zambia Revenue Authority on 1 st April 2010, which was dubbed “Taxpayers’ Appreciation Day”;
  • Crowned “Employer of the Year” by the Zambia Federation of Employers in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. This award was overall winner’s award across all sectors of the economy and among all participating corporate entities in Zambia; and
  • Commissioned copper smelter in 2014 and started producing copper anodes from the smelter in First Quarter of 2015.

Corporate Social Responsibility

In line with the First Quantum Minerals Group ethos of “enriching the environment and communities in which the group operates” and “maximising opportunities and benefits for communities around the mine and in the host country”, Kansanshi Mining Plc has a very impressive corporate social responsibility programme, through which it funds community projects in Education, Health, Social Welfare, Infrastructure Development, Water and Sanitation, Conservation Farming and Sport.

Kansanshi Mining Key Products

Copper cathode | Copper anode | Copper concentrate | Gold dore

Kansanshi Mining Contact Details

The mine is located on Old Congo Road, some 10 kilometres northward of Solwezi Town.

Phone: +260 212 658000
Fax: +260 212 658203
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Extract from 2018 annual report

Kansanshi Mining Plc (KMP) had sales revenue of K15.66 billion (US$1.64 billion) [(2016: K 14.51 billion US$1.5 billion)] for the financial year ended 31st December 2017. Gross profit of K6,263.65 million (US$656 million) was higher than that the K1,929.18 million (US$188 million) reported in 2016 on a combination of the increase in sales revenues and lower operating costs.

Copper production for the financial year ended 31st December 2017 was 250,801 tonnes, 1% lower than 2016 (253,272 tonnes) primarily due to lower plant recovery on the sulphide circuit, reflecting the drive to improve the concentrate quality and treatment of weathered material and lower copper recovery on the oxide circuit caused by changes in the ore mineralogy. Copper production was also impacted by reduced mixed final tails processed through the leaching circuit before and during the third quarter smelter shutdown to manage the onsite acid inventory.

Gold production was 140,595 ounces, about 5% lower than in 2016 mainly due to lower concentrate production. AISC (All-in Sustaining Cost) of $1.54 per lb. was $0.03 per lb. lower than 2016. Higher deferred stripping and royalties, treatment and refining charges and a lower gold by-product credit were offset by a credit to site administration costs. The credit followed a review of recoverable costs and operational provisions in the second and third quarters. Higher royalty costs resulted from higher royalty rates, which range from 4% to 6% depending on the underlying copper price.

The Kansanshi Smelter achieved record production and throughput in 2017, having treated 1,211,740 DMT (Dry Metric Tonnes) of concentrate, a 6% increase over 2016 despite the planned third quarter shutdown. Production totalled 297,553 tonnes of copper anode and 1,128,000 tonnes of sulphuric acid, each 16% and 2% higher respectively than 2016. The quality of concentrate treated improved significantly with over 26% copper in concentrate grade compared to 23% recorded during 2016. The overall copper recovery rate achieved was 96%. Production in 2018 is expected to be approximately 240,000 tonnes of copper, and approximately 145,000 ounces of gold. The High Pressure Leach circuit is expected to be in operation throughout 2018, with a 70-day planned maintenance shutdown for relining expected to occur during the second and third quarter of 2018.

At the Board meeting held on 22 March 2018, the Directors proposed dividend payments of K740 million (US$78 million), split as K180 million (US$19 million) related to the year-end 31st December 2016 and K560 million (US$59 million) for the year ended 31st December 2017.

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Extract from 2017 annual report

Kansanshi Mining Plc (KMP) had sales revenue of K14.51 billion (US$1.47 billion) (2015: K9.69 billion (US$1.49
billion) for the financial year ended 31st December 2016. Although total copper production was up 20% at 272,843 tonnes (2015: 226,674 tonnes), realised prices were lower than the previous year resulting in a decline in revenue. Gold production was 9% higher at 148,220 ounces (2015: 136,257 ounces) due to higher concentrate production.

Over the next five to six years the Company plans on gradually shifting towards sulphide mining as oxide materials coming out of the mine are reducing. As a result there was need to double the Sulphide ore throughput to sustain current Copper Production levels. If the latter is not done the levels of production would gradually drop from 250,000 tonnes in 2017 to 245,000 tonnes in 2018, then to 240,000 tonnes in 2019, 202,000 in 2020, 174,000 in 2021 and would continue to decline to levels of 50% of current production post 2021.

In this connection, a US$1.5 billion investment in the Company has been envisaged to sustain the said production and significantly improve other facets of mine operations. Additional smelter capacity would in turn be required as the current Smelter capacity would not be able to cater for increased Sulphide concentrate production. High level electricity would have to be supplied to the mine so as to also capacitate the two Smelters. The Company already has grave concerns over the security of power supply from ZESCO. Since the reduction of power supply from 200 megawatts to 165 megawatts, parts of the business had to be shut down such as the High Pressure Leach system which was still not operating.

The profit for the year 2016 was K1, 248.3 million (US$126.5 million) (2015: loss of K9.11million (US$1.4 million) and had been added to the retained earnings to contribute towards raising the US$1.5 billion required for capital projects.

No dividends were paid during the year ended 31 December 2016 (2015: K52.04 million (US$ 8 million)..

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