The Stage 3 expansion of LHM to expand production from 3.7Mlb pa to 5.2Mlb pa was completed in 2012. The main components of the expansion project included: an increase in the rate of mining, a new satellite mine workshop, the expansion of the existing processing plant, a new satellite crushing plant, a heap leach pad, modifications to tailings management, a temporary contractor’s camp, additional power supply to the water abstraction boreholes located in the Swakop River, and additional support infrastructure and services.
Prior to the commencement of the expansion project, an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report was required to be submitted and approved by the Directorate of Environmental Affairs. The draft EIA regulations (April 2009) have been used as a guideline for this EIA process and report.
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