* NFC Africa sees copper output by 2016
* Project to produce 60,000 T copper annually
LUSAKA, Sept 20 A unit of China Nonferrous
Mining Corp has won Zambian approval to build a $832
million copper mine that will add 60,000 tonnes to the country's
annual output of the metal, a company spokesman said on
Zambia's environmental management agency, whose approval is
required for all large infrastructure projects, has allowed NFC
Africa Mining Corp to proceed to with its South East Ore Body
Project, about 400 km (250 miles) northwest of Lusaka, NFC
Africa spokesman Nelson Jilowa told Reuters.
The building will start this year, Jilowa said.
NFC Africa would build a copper processing plant and sink
four shafts for production, services and ventilation, he said.
The copper concentrate will be processed further at the
Chinese-owned Chambishi Copper Smelter or other smelters located
on the Copperbelt, Jilowa said.
The South East Ore Body had copper ore reserves estimated at
more than 76 million tonnes at an average grade of 2.18 percent,
according to a document submitted to the environmental agency.
(Reporting by Chris Mfula; Editing by David Dolan)