By ZBC Reporter
Muriel Mine near Mutorashanga in Zvimba North is targeting to significantly increase its monthly gold output from around 15 to 60 kilogrammes per month by January next year.
The mine, which is currently producing between 10 and 15 kgs of gold monthly, is set to increase the output four to five fold, with production set to hit the 60 kg mark per month.
This follows investment which saw the mine establishing a dump re-treatment plant and related infrastructure.
Mine Manager Thompson Muteza and Project Manager Lewis Munyoro gave insight into the project during a high level appreciation tour of the project by Mines and Mining Development Minister Honourable Winston Chitando, this Friday.
“We have put up a system which will enable us to rely more on dump re-treatment,” said Muteza,
“We will be able to process 3 000 tonnes of ore per day while our leaching plant will be able to handle a total of 9000m3 of gold leach,” noted Munyoro,
Briefing fellow ministers on the project, the Minister of Mines and Mining Development Honourable Winston Chitando said the mine will be producing up to 60 kg per month for four years after commissioning of the new project.
“What is important is that mine is in the process of establishing a dump re-treatment plant to produce 60kgs per month for year . It is also establishing an ore body that will continue feeding the processing plant,” he said.
Commenting on the positive development, Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Honourable Mary Mliswa and Zvimba North legislator Honourable Marian Chombo concurred on the need for the entity to ploughing back to the community.
“The 60 kg monthly investment will do a lot for the province. It will play a significant role towards achieving our goals. The mine should go back to the community to develop social services infrastructure,” said Hon Mliswa,
The project, set for commissioning in December, is expected to employ more than 500 people.