Sentinel Copper Mine

Sentinel Copper Mine

Key Information:


Located 150km west of Solwezi, in the North Western Province of Zambia


Copper Ore

Project Status



Total Measured + Indicated 875.7 Mtonnes


0.53% Copper


The deposit is on the Zambian Copperbelt which forms part of the Luflian Belt, a system of orogenic belts in Southern Africa formed during the Pan-African Orogeny.

The copper is predominantly hosted in a carbonaceous phyllite as chalcopyrite, known as the Sentinel Phyllite. It is structurally bound by a large recumbent fold. The mineralised zone extends east-westwards with a strike length of more than 11km.


Mine Owners:

The project is owned 100% by First Quantum Minerals, but is operated by their local subsidiary, Kalumbila Minerals (KML).

First Quantum Minerals are a leading producer of copper concentrates, with inventories of nickel, gold and cobalt. The deposit is part of the Trident project which also consists of the Enterprise Nickel Deposit.


Mine Status:

It is a conventional open-pit mine using electric face shovels, hydraulic excavators and haul trucks. The ore is crushed in-pit and then processed at a nearby processing plant. The facility contains two milling trains, a ball mill and 2 rougher flotation cells.

The floated concentrate is filtered in a concentrate handling facility and then shipped.




The project is Zambia;s largest instructure investment since the Kariba Dam in 1993.

There is a 34km long road that connects the mine to the roads towards Solwezi and Mwinilunga.

Water supply will come from the nearby Chisola Dam.

Electricity will be sourced from Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation. 5 substations will be developed as part of the Sentinel Project.




Kalumbila Minerals (KML)

Listing Information

150km west of Solwezi

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