Chinese company Zhongui Mining Group Limited has been directed to conduct an environmental impact assessment (EIA) and compensate the Zambia Forestry and Forests Industries Corporation (ZAFFICO) for invading its land.
The directive came from Wilbur Simuusa, the minister of mines before the Chinese mine starts operating.
The mining group is the owner of the US$690 million Ichimpe Copper and Cobalt mining project in Kalulushi.
Simuusa said has directed ZAFFICO and the Forestry department to evaluate the liabilities involved.
“I have insisted that the mine owners should conduct an EIA. We will not allow them to start operating without an EIA which is approved and without looking at issues of compensating ZAFFICO,” Simuusa said.
The Ichimpe Copper and Cobalt Mine is expected to create 1,700 jobs at the construction stage and more than 2,000 once the mine is opened in 2014.
Meanwhile both mines are expected to produce 35,000 tonnes of copper and 2,000 tonnes of cobalt per annum.