Arcadia Lithium Mine project on course

By Owen Mandovha

CONSTRUCTION of the Arcadia Lithium Plant in Goromonzi is moving at an unprecedented pace, with full scale production expected in the first quarter of next year.

Once complete, the Arcadia Lithium plant will be ranked as the biggest on the African continent with an estimated processing rate of 4.5 million tonnes of ore annually. 

The mine was commissioned by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2018, paving way for extensive exploration which identified it as the 6th biggest lithium hard rock in the world.

Speaking to ZBC News Arcadia Lithium Mine Manager, Mt George Togara highlighted that at least 1000 workers are onsite carrying out massive construction works of the gigantic plant that started only three months ago.

“The construction of the plant is progressing very well. We have also moved fast in construction of primary and secondary crashers. All the warehouses have been completed as we are within schedule to meet our December deadline,” he said.

Deputy General Manager, Arcadia Lithium Mine Mr Trevor Bannard noted that Construction works are on schedule to meet the December deadline.

“This will be the biggest plant in Africa by capacity and we are set to commission it in December. Once commissioned we will start commercial production in the first quarter of 2023,” he said.

It is, however, the aspect of employment creation that has made the headlines, with the company calling for applications from skilled workers.

The development signals a new dawn for Zimbabwe as a key player in the electronic vehicle market as the processed spodumene from lithium will be value added to produce electric vehicles alongside several upstream and downstream benefits to society and the economy.