MINING AND BUSNESS: Can you introduce yourself in a few words?
G.L: My name is Gaëtan Lwabeya, I am a civil engineer in construction and Director of the Projects Department at Gécamines.
Service where we handle all industrial investment projects for the development of new production units.
M & B: Can you tell us about this crusher we are in front of ?
G.L: The KAMATANDA shredder is a project that was initiated 2 years ago and work began exactly a year and a half ago for a total investment of 17.2 million dollars. This laundry is intended to process all the minerals from the KAMATANDA mine, which is just nearby. This crusher and washing machine reduce the grain size and then wash and sort the ores.
Some of it is fed by the great Panda hip that you will see just after and some of the fine minerals are fed by direct leaching to SHITURU.
M & B: What are the next projects you will be working on?
G.L: We are working on the project for a hydro-metallurgical complex in Kolwezi, called the Kingamiabo complex, and on another near Likasi, the Kafundwa complex.
When we started this project, we launched a geological survey to certify and expand
Gécamines’ geological knowledge and this allowed us to increase resources in Kamatanda and Kamfundwa. The next project we are planning near Likasi, the other hydro-metallurgical plant in Kafundwa, will have a capacity of about 55,000 tonnes/year.
M & B: What are the long-term treatment objectives?
G.L: The primary objective of this project is to treat 500 tonnes per hour