Debswana Mining Company has announced that it has closed the Orapa Number One plant for maintenance purposes.
Maintenance will be conducted on the Screening Building, Tertiary Crushing Building and the Dense Medium Separation building.
Speaking to Voice Money this week, Public and Corporate Affairs Manager Kesego Okie said this maintenance will ensure the structural stability of the plant.
She said it will make it more productive, efficient and safe for all.
“Its condition shows there is a need to embark on more intensive maintenance and structural refurbishment of the plant hence forcing us to close it temporarily for three months.
A project of this magnitude will certainly attract high costs but the company is determined to ensure the required maintenance is given the necessary priority,” said Okie.
She said Maintenance has always been ongoing on a regular basis, saying the focus of the refurbishment is on the plant’s structure because the plant has been in operation since 1971 and it is ageing.
She said the temporary shut-down is therefore to enable remedial work at these areas of the plants to take place both quickly and safely.
Okie said employees at the plant will continue reporting for duty and no one will lose their jobs.
She said Orapa Mine had a strong production performance this year.
To help mitigate the production, loss that is expected from the shutdown, she said, production at Orapa No.2 Plant will be increased.