Sandfire Resources has secured mining licence from the Government of Botswana for the Motheo copper mine, thus removing the final major permitting hurdle for full-scale construction of the project to commence.
Sandfire’s Managing Director and CEO, Mr Karl Simich, said the company will now mobilise additional personnel to site to commence construction of the process plant and other infrastructure.
“We are absolutely delighted to now be in a position to move to full-scale construction at Motheo, with our construction crews expected to mobilise to site over the next few days,” Mr Simich said.
“I would like to thank the Government of Botswana for their support throughout the approvals process, which will see Motheo come on-stream in 2023 as one of very few new copper mines commencing production globally.
“Motheo is expected to generate approximately 1,000 jobs during construction and 600 full-time jobs during operations, and represents the foundation for Sandfire’s long-term growth plans in Botswana.”
He said the company envisions Motheo at the centre of a new, long-life copper production hub in the central portion of the world-class Kalahari Copper Belt, where the company holds an extensive ground-holding spanning Botswana and Namibia.
“Sandfire is looking forward to becoming a major long-term player in the Kalahari Copper Belt, which represents one of the last under-explored large-scale copper provinces anywhere in the world,” he concluded.