Chambishi Copper Mine

Source:CNMC        Date:2009-08-20

Chambishi Copper Mine was obtained by CNMC through an international bid in 1998, at which time CNMC also obtained the use right to 41 square kilometers of land on the surface of the mine for a term of 99 years. The mnine, with resources including 5 million tonnes of copper and 120,000 tones of cobalt, and involving a total investment of US$ 160 million, is the first and, to date, the largest nonferrous metal mine overseas approved by Chinese government for development and construction. It has been hailed as the project that symbolizes Sino-Africa cooperation. Construction began in July 2000 and the mine opened for production on schedule in july 2003. During his visit to Africa in November 2004, Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, personnally toured the Chambishi Copper Mine, Zambia, and wrote the inscription “Make great efforts to govern well and realize one’s ambitions”,instructing CNMC to make Chambishi Copper Mine the “largest overseas nonferrous metal industry resource base”.

A full view of Chambishi Copper Mine

Chambishi Concentrator

Then Zambian President Mwanawasa who attended Beijing Summit of the Forum on Sino-African Cooperation, cordially met officials of CNMC in November, 2006

Then Zambian President Mwanawasa cut the ribbon at the commissioning ceremony for Chambishi Copper Mine on July 28, 2003.