Mineral processing company Berkeley Mineral Resources (BMR) has received the official large-scale mining licence for the Kabwe lead-zinc project in Lusaka, Zambia.
BMR chairman Masoud Alikhani said the company can now proceed to complete the pre-feasibility study and process testing to exploit the resources at Kabwe.
"We will soon be providing substantial lead and zinc supplies to world markets, just as the mine did so successfully in the past," said Alikhani.
Originally issued as Licence ML1, the licence, which covers 703 hectares, was renumbered on the closure of the mine in 1996, when it was issued to ZCCM Investments Holdings for 25 years.
BMR has lodged the endorsed licence at Zambia's Mining Cadastre and the registration has now been endorsed to BMR subsidiary Enviro Processing.
The company also plans to initiate a survey over the area and will submit a revised environmental management plan to the authorities.