By Courage Bushe
Zimbabwe’s quest to achieve a US$12 billion mining industry by 2023 is on course, with Mimosa Mines investing US$38 million in a plant optimisation project to ramp up production.
With a capacity of producing 2.8 million tonnes of ore per year, the plant optimisation project will see production surging by six per cent, with the mine targeting to complete the project before the end of the year.
Outlining the importance of the project on the sidelines of a media tour, Mimosa Mines General Manager, Mr Stephen Ndiyamba noted that the project is in sync with the aspirations of vision 2030.
“As Mimosa, we have been growing for a quite number of years and we are now at a stage where we have removed bottlenecks at the plant that were affecting our efficiency and ability to recover a lot. So, the plant optimisation project is designed to debottleneck various areas of the plant so that we create enough capacity and recover more ounces of platinum on the same product,” he said.
Focusing on renewable energy, the mine has put in motion plans to construct a 38-megawatt solar power plant to enhance and provide power to the company’s operations.
“We got a duty to also contribute towards the reduction of carbon emissions and focus on renewable energy and we are currently carrying feasibility studies to see how we can use solar energy.”
The investment by Mimosa Mines and other mining companies augurs well with the target to turn the mining sector into a US$12 billion industry by next year.
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