First Quantum (FQVLF) to Accelerate Its Zambia Copper Project

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. FQVLF has inked a deal with Mimosa Resources to speed up the development of the Fishtie copper project, per reports. This move marks an important step for the companies to increase their copper outputs in the coming years.

Zambia aims to triple its copper output. It has changed its tax policy in order to encourage mining exploration and output.

First Quantum’s agreement with the Zambia-based mining company calls for mining at the Fishtie copper project to begin in 2026. Annual production is expected to peak at 30,000 metric tons of copper by the end of the decade.

This partnership reinforces First Quantum's commitment to continued investment and expansion in Zambia, which is already a well-established participant in mining. Mimosa Resources is expected to raise a total investment of $200 million for the project.

In the third quarter of 2023, First Quantum recorded total revenues of $2,029 million, of which $1,791 million was accounted for by copper sales. It reported revenues of $1,727 million in the third quarter of 2022.

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First Quantum’s shares have lost 65.8% in the past year against the industry’s growth of 10.3%.


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