Taking advantage of the huge market for sulphuric acid on the Copperbelt and the fact that Zambian sources cannot supply all the demand, BMML has also now purchased a used acid plant from South Africa.
Soon after it was established, BMML undertook exploration in the vicinity of its plant with a view to develop further oxide reserves.
Sean Whittome, general manager of BMML, explains that "The Lonshi mine development has cemented Bwana Mkubwa's expansion aspirations." The current re-treatment process had a finite life of only about 24 months left by mid-2001.
Bwana Mkubwa Mining Congo (BMMC) controls the mining at Lonshi and BMML processes the ore.
Besides some further low-grade dump material at Bwana, BMML now has extensive prospective ground in the DRC.