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1.0 PROJECT TITLE:


Proposed Limestone Processing Plant in Senior Chief Chiwala's Area in Masaiti


District by Neekanth Lime Zambia Limited


1.1 DATE WHEN PROJECT WAS SUBMITTED: 16/02/2011


1.2 AGENCY DECISION MATURITY DATE: 29/02/ 2012


1.3 PROPONENT/ DEVELOPER:


Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited


CONTACT PERSON:





Name: Mr. Girish Ayar


Tel No.: 0212 613336


Fax No.: 0212 613336


Designation: Director


Cell No.: +260 978 821 821





1.4 LOCATION


The proposed project site is located in Chief Chiwala's Area in Masaiti Distrrdt,


with Zambezi Portland Cement to the south, and Ndola Lime Company Limited to


the west. To the north Is Handyman's Paradise exploration area while to the east


is land that has been offered to Dangote Cement. The site is about 12 Kilometres


from the Ndola - Kaplrl Mposhi Road and about 20 kilometres southeast of the


Ndola Central Business District.





2.0 PROJECT DESCRIPTION


Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited has Its registered office located in Ndola. The


company has its operation zone in Senior Chief Chiwala's Area in Masaiti District.


The Company has been given about 150 hectares of land in Senior Chief Cbiwate


area and has since obtained Surface Rights and Mining Rights specifically to mine


and process limestone. Initially, the project will start with 17 kilns. When fully


operational, the lime plant will have a total of 34 vertical brick kilns each having


a capacity of 15 tons per day.


 The source of raw limestone feedstock for the lime plant will be from the on-sftfi


quarrying and when excess is needed it will be bought from existing quarry


operations within the area.


The proposed Lime production plant complex will consist of the following main





components: -


• Limestone quarry


• 34 Brick Kilns


• A loading ramp


• Mill house


• Warehouse


• Small workshop


• Weigh Bridge


• Crusher plant


Limestone will be brought in from the quarry in IS ton tipper trucks and off





loaded at the yard. Prior to loading these aggregate stones at the Quarry the


stones will have been reduced to 34 inch si2e. Initially there will be a layer of fire


wood which will be used as igniters for the kiln. This will be done once m five


years when the inner layer of bricks will be replaced.


The limestone will then be loaded in batches of 15 tonnes on top on the first


layer after which the fuel (Pet Coke) will be laid on top of the limestone.





The Kiln is then ignited using firewood to start the process. The fire calcines the


limestone immediately above it and ignites the pet coke at the other layer.


Calcination is basically the breaking down of limestone into Calcium Oxide and


Carbon Dioxide, in a reaction which takes place at a temperature of about 898°C.








3.0 DECISION BY AGENCY:


3.1 The Project is approved subject to the following conditions:


3.1.1 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall implement the project and all the


environmental management commitments as proposed in the Environmental


Impact Statement (EIS) with changes as proposed by the Zambia


Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) in this Decision Letter and any


other conditions that may be issued thereafter.


3.1.2 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall develop a mining code of practice in


consultation with the Mines Safety Department that will be adhered to by any


contractor that will be engaged.


3.1.3 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall employ the Best Available Technology Not


Entailing Excessive Costs (BATNEEC) for the installation of the proposed


processing plants so as to cause minimal pollution to the environment.


3.1.4 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall limit project activities to 116 hectares. In


event that Neelkanth Zambia Limited decides to extend the project, Neetkanth


Lime Zambia Limited shall inform ZEMA


3.1.5 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall initially construct 17 kilns for the


proposed project. Thereafter, Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall seek the


approval of ZEMA prior to constructing the remaining 17 kilns.


3.1.6 Blasting shall be conducted in a manner that shall not cause significant


disturbance to nearby communities.


3.1.7 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall maintain vibration and noise levels within


acceptable levels throughout the project cycle, and shall frequently monitor


vibration and noise levels around the project site especially in nearby


communities.


3.1.8 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall employ effective dust suppression


techniques in all areas of operation throughout the project cycle.


3.1.9 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall maintain the speed limit in all access


roads that shall not endanger life or cause dust.


3.1.10 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall conduct construction activities in such a


way as not to cause soil erosion which can lead to sedimentatron o! nearby


Kasamba and Kabundi Streams.


3.1.11 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall adequately consult with the affected


people before implementing the project. This consultative process shall be


ongoing throughout the project cycle.


3.1.12 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall fully resettle and adequately compensate


all the affected households, agncultural held owners, vegetable garden owners


and any other issues that may arise during the course of the project The


compensation shall be implemented in consultation with foe Ministry of


Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Community Development and


Social Welfare.


3.1.13 The site where the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) will be executed shall be


authorized by the appropriate authority and shall be far enough from foe


proposed project site so that the community is not disturbed by project


activities.


3.1.14 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall conduct a detailed survey of foe affected


area within the proposed project site and foe relocation site to ensure that


there are no conflicts of interest and that no private land is encroached by the


resettlement exercise.


3.1.15 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall conduct progressive rehabilitation and


revegtation of quarry site, plant area and any other disturbed areas throughout


the project cycle.


3.1.16 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall progressively carry out re-vegetation of


the cleared surfaces during the project life-cycle to produce a sustainable


vegetation cover, improve visual aesthetics and minimize post closure re-


vegetation requirements.


3.1.17 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall not conduct open air burning at any given


time throughout the project cycle.


3.1.18 Firefighting equipment shall be placed where it can be easily accessed and ft


shall always be kept in good working conditions. Reflective material shall be


used to facilitate visibility at night.











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3.1.19 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall provide all workers with personal


protective equipment and all workers shall undergo annual medical checkups


3.1.20 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall provide all workers with appropriate


firefighting equipment and train all workers in firefighting and id occupational


health and safety:


3.1.21 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall prepare an emergency preparedness and


response plan before project implementation for verification by the Zambia


Environmental Management Agency.


3.1.22 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall obtain permits from Zambia


Environmental Management Agency and comply in full with the following


regulations throughout the project cycle:


a) The Air Pollution Control (Licensing and Emission Standards)


Regulations, 1996.


b) Waste Management Regulations, SI No.71 of 1993;


c) Water Pollution Control Regulations, SI No. 72 of 1993,


d) Hazardous waste Management Regulations, SI No. 125 of 2001;


and,


e) The Pesticides and Toxic Substances Regulations, 1994.


3.1.23 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall undertake an environmental audit of the


project within a period of not less than twelve months and not more than


thirty six months after completion of the project or commencement of its


operations, whichever shall come first.


3.1.24 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall prepare a closure report outlining


implementation of all the environmental management commitments presented


in the EIS at the end of the project for verification by the Zambia


Environmental Management Agency.


3.2 The Agency advises Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited:


3.2.1 To obtain any other relevant authorizations such as but not limited to:


a) The Workers Compensation Act;


b) The Public Health Act;


c) The Town and Country Planning Act;


d) The Water Resources Management Act;


e) National Heritage Conservation Act;


f) The Mines and Minerals Development Act, and


g) The Employment Act.


3.2.2 To make available information on safety, health and environment to employees


before commencement of the project.


3.3 Neelkanth Lime Zambia Limited shall comply with environmental standards


and/or specific limits of particular pollutants as its responsibility. Thus,


compliance with Zambia Environmental Management Agency recommended


measures does not exempt the developer horn its responsibility if such


measures do not achieve compliance with environmental control standards.