SMM News: multi-miner Vedanta Resources (Vedanta Resources) Zambia branch Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) closed part of the Nchanga open-pit mine due to the risk of collapse.
KCM predicted that parts of the Nchanga open-pit mine, located in the Zambian copper-cobalt belt, could collapse within the next five days as a result of some slope instability found in previous geotechnical assessments.
A spokesman for KCM said that the risk area had been closed and production activities continued in other areas.
CEO Christopher Sheppard said KCM had taken steps to protect communities and employees near the mine.
"I must make it clear that we first ensure personal safety, and then make sure that KCM's public and private property is protected," he said.
In addition to the Nchanga open-pit mine, KCM operates Nchanga and Konkola underground mines, concentrators, a smelter, a tailings leaching plant and a refinery.
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