Liganga to produce 1 mil tonnes of iron annually

NDC Manager for Public Affairs, Mr Abel Ngapemba.Tanzania is set to become the fourth leading iron producer in Africa when production at the Liganga iron ore project in Ludewa District in Njombe Region commences within five years, the National Development Corporation (NDC) said.

The NDC’s Manager for Public Affairs, Mr Abel Ngapemba (pictured), told a news conference in Dar es Salaam that the country will be producing one million tonne of iron per annum.

Tanzania-China Mineral Resources Limited (TCIMRL), a joint-venture company formed by NDC and Sichuan Hongda Group (SHG), is implementing the mega project which will also involve production of titanium and vanadium.

“The project life is expected to be 70 years through which a total of 219 million tonnes of iron ore will be mined while 175,400 and 5,000 tonnes of titanium and vanadium will be mined accordingly,” Mr Ngapemba said. 

He said Tanzania will become the fourth largest producer in Africa after South Africa, Egypt and Libya.

South Africa produces 8.5 million tonnes per annum while Egypt and Libya produce 8 and 2 million tonnes per annum, respectively. The Liganga project is among two projects to which NDC and SHG entered an agreement to develop in September 2011.

It also includes a coal mine project as well as a plant to generate 600MW of electricity at Mchuchuma area. The other projects include construction of a 220 kilovolt power line between Mchuchuma and Liganga, construction of a road network, an iron melting plant as well as a factory to produce iron related products.

Global production of iron stands at about 1.55 billion tonnes per annum of which China produces 711 million tonnes per annum and thus accounting for 46 per cent of total global production.

A total investment of three billion US dollars will be sunk in the Liganga and Mchuchuma projects and when they start production they will earn the country 1.7 billion US dollars per annum, according to Mr Ngapemba.

The two projects are expected to generate 6,000 direct and 35,000 indirect jobs for the locals.
Source: Daily News,reported by Janeth Mtui, from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 
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