Govt to construct minerals plants

by | Apr 10, 2024 | Business, Local News | 0 comments

Govt to construct minerals plants

Mako Jerera

Government plans to establish a mine-to-energy industrial park in Mapinga, Mashonaland West province, as it seeks to value add and beneficiate lithium, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Jenfan Muswere said yesterday.

The plant will value-add mainly lithium as well as minerals such as chrome and nickel.

Speaking at the Post Cabinet briefing yesterday, Dr Muswere said the lithium value addition and beneficiation project would result in the construction of a coking plant with capacities of 1,2 million and 130 000 metric tonnes of coke and lithium salt per annum, respectively.

The project will also result in the construction of two 300-megawatt power stations, a graphite processing plant, a nickel chromium alloy smelter and a nickel sulphate plant, together with supportive power supply and logistics.

“The industrial park will span over an area of 500 hectares and will be implemented on a phased basis, with phase 1 set to begin in June 2024. Government will have a shareholding in the project,” Muswere said.

Government will have an undisclosed shareholding in the massive project set to transform the lives of Zimbabweans.

In September last year, government and two Chinese investors — Eagle Canyon International Group Limited and Pacific Goal Investment — signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) paving the way for the construction of the industrial park in Mapinga situated on the Harare-Chinhoyi road.

The project, the first of its kind in Zimbabwe, is expected to help the economy through the beneficiation of minerals and underpin the government’s commitment to implement clean energy projects as critical enablers to jerk Zimbabwe’s modernisation and industrialisation.

Zimbabwe is Africa’s largest lithium producer and in 2022 it banned the exportation of lithium ore to derive more benefits from the mineral.

President Mnangagwa has made it very clear that economic sectors like mining and agriculture should now work on value addition and tertiary education has been capacitated with innovation hubs to drive the novel venture.