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 renown mining 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 13 diamond cutting and manufacturing factories that utilise about 15 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 intends to convert the Skorpion zinc refinery to process zinc sulphide concentrates and is considering developing an underground to access deeper ore bodies.
Lastly, Debmarine Namibia inaugurated its N$2.3 billion exploration vessel, mv SS Nujoma, at the Port of Walvis Bay on 15 June 2017. This vessel was built in Norway and is considered the most technically advanced exploration and sampling vessel in the world, which will significantly boost resource development capacity for the off-shore diamond mining company.