Zimbabwe’s mega chrome project takes shape

The government’s plans to grow mining to a USD12-billion industry by 2023 are taking shape with the rolling out of a new multimillion-dollar steel and ferrochrome project by Afrochine.

Construction of the country’s single biggest production operation is underway in Chivhu, 150 kilometres south of the capital, Harare.

The ferrochrome project is scheduled to commence in the second half of this year and it is expected to be the biggest operation of its kind in the country and probably in the Southern African Development Community region.

The composite projects will entail a carbon steel plant, an iron ore mine and processing plant as well as a ferrochrome production plant with an annual production capacity of 500,000 tonnes.

During the site visit, Mines and Mining Development minister Winston Chitando said the implementation of the project will entail multi-stakeholder engagements as the project cuts across various government ministries.

The implementation of the project is also expected to transform Chivhu into a vibrant town with enhanced infrastructure such as housing.

Afrochine is now the country’s biggest chrome smelter and is a subsidiary of Tsingshan which produces 25% of global steel

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