On January 5, 2021, the Owner, NFC Africa Mining PLC, of the Chambishi Project sent a congratulatory letter to JCHX and highly praised the Project for successfully overfulfilling 2020 safety production targets.
It is pointed out in the letter that despite of many unfavorable conditions such as the spreading of covid-19, tight materials supply and the overall modification of the transportation system, the Project has successfully overfulfilled its 2020 production targets, with the total ore output reaching 101.76% of the target, and the metal copper reaching 103.93% of the target which hits the record high. Stable progresses have been made to realize safety production target. Besides, achievements have been gradually realized at the new panel after it was modified, and the management and operation model has been increasingly optimized, which together lay a foundation for the stable production of the main and west orebodies.
The Owner also expressed that these achievements would be impossible without the great efforts of JCHX’s skilled management and employees, who are able to and are willing to work hard. The Owner also raised expectations that the Chambishi Project could make continuous progresses in 2021 and contribute more to the development of both parties.
The letter significantly inspired the Project. Since 2020, the Project, under severe production pressure and being influenced by covid-19, has always taken economic efficiency as the central task and stayed committed to ensuring safety production while preventing & controlling covid-19. Main works are as follows:
Firstly, strictly prevented and controlled the pandemic to promote a stable, sound and harmonious development. The Project has effectively ensured the health and safety of all employees and provided a strong guarantee for production operation based on various measures, such as integrating corporate culture into pandemic prevention and control, strictly implementing pandemic prevention and control requirements, pragmatically preventing offices and camps from the pandemic, organizing and implementing "Ark Community" management, ensuring the work and life of all employees, and stabilizing manpower via multiple methods, which promoted a stable, sound and harmonious development.
Secondly, all employees were involved in management to ensure a stable and safe production environment. Based on safety management, the Project formulated a section crew based monthly assessment measure for Zambian employees, integrating it with “mining management 4.0” & “SOP”, prevention mechanism and various safety inspections. Hence, safety management responsibilities were further brought forward and were shouldered by front-line production management personnel, so as to mobilize local employees to participate in safety management and ensure an all-round safety production.
Thirdly, established an outstanding model and promoted the development of standardization based on the model. After developing the new panel of the west orebody into an excellent model of standardization construction, the Project gradually motivated other section crew of the ore to be involved in standardized construction. While promoting standardization construction stage by stage and section crew by section crew, the Project also strictly implemented normalized management and improved overall standardization management. As a result, the Project has been highly praised and recognized by the Owner and other projects of JCHX.
Fourthly, implemented cost contracting and strove to implement production & operation management system. Focusing on the concept of production & operation management, with the goal of maximizing operating effect, guided by the principle of partly implementation in the first quarter and applying improvements and overall implementation in the second quarter, the Project regularly held monthly operation analysis meeting, strictly enforced reward and punishment measures, expanded the scope of contracted materials, publicized materials cost information in time and carried out section crew based independent summary and analysis, resulting in significant drop of unit consumption of seven major materials.
Fifthly, optimized equipment utilization rate and practised cost reduction and efficiency enhancement measures. Through optimizing resources allocation, the Project changed from conventional practices, and paid great attention to the regularly shutdown and maintenance of equipment. 17 units were withdrawn in 2020, and then re-started through leasing after maintenance and acceptance, which required each section crew to strengthen the maintenance of existing equipment. In addition, 452 items were repaired and recycled by the end of November 2020, and the unit consumption of spare parts, tires, diesel and the consumption of engine oil were significantly dropped compared to the same period of 2019.
As a new year begins, everything takes on a new look. In 2021, the Project is determined to make continuous efforts and achieve more goals.