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Zimbabwe government targeting 2 million tonnes carbon & stainless steel

Steel News - Published on Wed, 15 May 2019

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Herald reported that Zimbabwe government in Vision 2030 envisions the production of at least 2 million tonnes of carbon and stainless steel, of which ferrochrome is produced locally. This was revealed by Mines and Mining Development Minister Mr Winston Chitando in his address during the 35th International Chrome Development Association conference in Victoria Falls. He told “In line with the Zimbabwean Government’s vision for the country to achieve middle class economy by 2030, Zimbabwe has a clear vision of seeing at least 2 million tonnes of carbon and stainless steel, of which one of the key ingredients is ferrochrome, being produced in the country within the next few years.”

Minister Chitando said “With approximately 12% of the global chromite resources and its chrome ore and ferrochrome production currently contributing just around 2.5% to global ferrochrome and about 4% to chrome ore output, the Zimbabwean chrome ore industry has significant potential to grow in leaps and bounds. The country has excellent geology, comparable to that of leading mining economies and has unique and highly prospective geological environments.””

Zimbabwe hosts 12% of the world’s chromium reserves, lagging behind South Africa which accounts for 72% of global reserves. Information at the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development shows that local chrome resources occur in three forms; stratiform (hard rock hosted resource), podiform (hard rock hosted resource) and eluvials, which largely occur in low lying areas around the Great Dyke.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 15 May 2019
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