March 2013: Dolphin Bay was the successful bidder to build and install a treatment plant in Zambia for mining company First Quantum Minerals.The plant was installed last month and the treatment is yielding excellent results, says Guy Havemann, the forestry manager for First Quantum.
First Quantum has an unusual business model in that the company builds its own housing, roads, forestry and sawmilling facilities.
Correspondence between Dolphin Bay and First Quantum Minerals began 18 months ago, when the mining company identified the value of the timber it was removing to build infrastructure at the Trident project, which is mining the Sentinel copper deposit.
This is west of Solwezi, in the North Western Province of Zambia.Guy conducted a study which found that this timber would have good penetration and retention of Permacure CCA, and resolved to use the wood to build fencing and other structures.Our engineers designed the plant according to First Quantum’s specifications, shipped it to the Sentinel area and installed it.“First Quantum’s approach was very unusual.
They saw the opportunity to add value to the materials they remove from the environment and use these materials themselves, rather than having to buy them from outside,” says Bertus.
“They took an environmentally responsible approach.“For us, the most important thing was to have a satisfied customer.”Guy says he was very happy with the design and installation of the plant. “Dolphin Bay were extremely professional in all their workings and it was a pleasure dealing with them,” he says.