KONKOLA Copper Mines (KCM) Nchanga smelter has been gutted leading to the spillage of hundreds of tones of molten copper.
|Nchanga Smelter in Chingola|
The inferno has paralysed production at the smelter which has the capacity of producing 1, 850 tones of acid per day 300,000 tones of finished copper per year.
The cause of inferno which had caused substantial damage to the facility has not yet been established.
The inferno started around 17:00 hours and was only put off at about 19:00 hours.
This is the third time the Nchanga smelter has been on fire. The other infernos at the smelter were on the Christmas even of 2008 and April 5, 2009.