Vedanta Zinc International, a subsidiary of London-listed Vedanta Resources, has initiated a feasibility study into the development of a zinc smelter-refinery complex to process concentrates from its Gamsberg project at Black Mountain Mining in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Phase 1 of the $400 million Gamsberg mine is scheduled to begin production in mid-2018 and to reach full production in nine to 12 months. Phase 1 will have a mine life of 13 years, producing an expected 4 million metric tons per year (mt/y) of concentrator feed from the open-pit mine and 250,000 mt/y of zinc in concentrate.
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