Namibia is a world-class producer of gem quality rough diamonds, uranium oxide, special high-grade zinc, gold bullion, blister copper, and lead concentrate as well as salt and dimension stone. A number of world-class companies using state-of-the-art mining and processing technologies are members of the Chamber. Rio Tinto plc and Vedanta plc mining companies, produce uranium oxide at Rossing mine and special high-grade zinc at the Skorpion mine and refinery respectively. Paladin Energy's Langer Heinrich Uranium mine is in full production and achieved nameplate production sustainably in 2013.
The world's number one diamond producer, De Beers, works with the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) through Namdeb Holdings in a 50:50 joint venture, producing some of the world's finest gem diamonds. Namdeb's output increasingly comes from under the sea, thanks to the technical expertise of Debmarine Namibia. Further value addition is boosted by about 11 diamond cutting and manufacturing factories that utilise about 16 percent of diamond production by Namdeb Holdings.
QKR Namibia produces gold bullion at Navachab Mine near Karibib. Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation produces zinc and lead concentrates at Rosh Pinah. Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb produces blister copper at the Tsumeb smelter, from imported copper concentrates.
The mining industry continues to make reinvestments into the sector, as evidenced by the commissioning of Namdeb’s Sendelingsdrif mine and their state of the art sorting facility, the new Red Area Complex on 7 November, 2014. Furthermore, Vedanta announced its decision to convert the Skorpion zinc refinery to process zinc sulphide concentrates at an investment of N$1.6 billion.
Debmarine Namibia launched its new N$2.3 billion exploration vessel, mv SS Nujoma in Norway on 9 January 2016. The new vessel is scheduled for commissioning in Namibian waters in the first half of 2017.