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Chinese Mining Company Launches Africa’s First-Ever Lithium Processing Facility in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnanagagwa (center) sitting next to Chinese ambassador Zhou Ding at the opening ceremony for Prospect Lithium's new processing facility in Goromonzi. Image via Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe became the first country in Africa to process locally-mined lithium with the opening of a new Chinese-owned refining facility outside of the capital Harare.

Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe, a unit of the Chinese mining giant Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt, formally commissioned the $300 million facility last week that will help Zimbabwe to move up the mining value chain by processing lithium extracted from the company’s Arcadia mine.

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