Vice President and Managing Director Zebra Kasete said on Monday that arsenic production represented a small portion of the company’s business and was producing low return.

“We want our complete focus to be on optimizing and expanding our core smelter operations. DPMT intends to meet its contractual obligations to provide arsenic to the end of 2016 after which the closure plan will be implemented,” he said.

According to Kasete, the approximately 50 employees will be redeployed to other parts of the operation.

Meanwhile, Kasete said Dundee has commenced studies to expand the smelter operations and is looking to alternative solutions to waste disposal when the current site has reached its full capacity.

Furthermore, he said the new sulphuric acid plant which opened last year, captures up to 95 percent of the Sulphur dioxide emissions that plagued Tsumeb since the smelter was established over 50 years ago.

Kasete said this has made a notable contribution to the improvement of the air quality in Tsumeb.

Dundee Precious Metals is a Canada-based international mining company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, mining and processing of precious metal properties and have current operations in Namibia and Bulgaria, with exploration in Armenia, Bulgaria and Serbia. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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