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Vedanta mine to scale up iron ore production

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Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) will be scaling up iron ore production at its Black Mountain Mine operations in Aggeneys in the Northern Cape.

Zambian Mines Minister Richard Musukwa says with Vedanta, Zambia is dealing with an investor that broke the law. Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) will be scaling up iron ore production at its Black Mountain Mine operations in Aggeneys in the Northern Cape.

It stated that it was developing a 3 MTPA iron ore project, with the first production seen from the pilot plant it started, that was expected to grow significantly in the current financial year.

VZI business head Laxman Shekhawat said the iron ore project would add another scalable product line to their Black Mountain mining operations.

“The first part of the project will utilise feed from existing operations and produce high-grade iron ore (67 percent +) and dense media separation products, to be utilised as feedstock for the steel and coal industry.

“This innovative project will assist in transforming our existing operations to be competitive, globally cost-efficient, and sustainable. It will also enhance the life of the mine.”

Shekhawat added that the project would create additional employment opportunities as well as provide ongoing support to social development projects in the region.

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