Skorpion Zinc

Location:
Located in the //Karas Region of southern Namibia.
Comprises:
An open-pit mine and a refinery.
Production:
Currently, Skorpion produces 1.5 Mtpa of oxide ore, and has a nameplate capacity of 150 000 tpa of refined zinc. While the remaining reserve and resource of 5Mt is expected to be exhausted by FY2020, Skorpion's orebody is open at depth and an extensive drilling programme is underway with a view to deepening the pit to access more mineable ore.
Legacy:
Skorpion came into production in 2003, and was acquired from Anglo American by VZI in 2010/2011.
Employees:
Skorpion provides employment to around 1,500 people (employees and business partner employees). Around 96% of all employees are Namibians.
Future:
It is envisaged that exploitation of synergies between Skorpion and BMM's Gamsberg project will result in the development of a Southern Africa integrated zinc complex of global standing. Re-engineering of the Skorpion Refinery will mean that at least some of Gamsberg's sulphide zinc in concentrate form could be trucked across the border for refining.

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Skorpion Cross section chart

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Skorpion Flow chart

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