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Base Metals News

Copper projects, South America and Southern Africa

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Anglo Base Metals is tackling six copper projects in South America and Southern Africa 

Technology targets remote areas

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Mining in Africa 

Chambishi is well on track

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Mining in Africa 

Searching the desert for zinc

By: System Author     19th November 1999 A joint exploration agreement between Iscor and PE Minerals, of Namibia, to explore base metal concessions held by the two companies in Southern Namibia was signed last month. 

SA taking zircon downstream

By: System Author     15th October 1999 A new home-grown processing technology could see South Africa earning millions of rands more from its 

SA technology opens door to lucrative Chilean copper market

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Resources group Billiton is in discussion with the largest producer of copper in the world, Chile’s Codelco, which could give the company entry into the lucrative Chilean copper market. 

Richards Bay smelter considers ‘stub-line’

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Over and above the R1,3-billion aluminium smelter project being built in Maputo, Mozambique, and the US$600-million expansion of the Worsley refinery in Western Australia, resources group Billiton is pondering three other aluminium-related initiatives. 

Chile vote spoils it for Zambia

By: System Author     1st October 1999 The decision by giant Chilean state-owned copper producer Codelco to walk away from a proposed joint venture with Anglo American to buy Zambian Consolidated Copper Mines was the result of domestic political factors in Chile. 

Copper bioleaching technology decision possible in two years

By: System Author     1st October 1999 South African resources group Billiton hopes to be in a position to take a decision to invest in a commercial copper project employing its bioleaching technology, BioCop, within two years. 

Can zinc make Anglo an ‘ace of base’

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Anglo American has a few interesting initiatives on the go in the metal. 

Nkomati Mine, South Africa 

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Mine 

Base metals better off than gold

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Base Metals 

Noteworthy African potential

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Base Metals 

Base-metal mines return to basics

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Base Metals 

BHP says a big mea culpa

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Editorial 

Lean operating approach sinks in

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Drilling, tunnelling and shaftsinking 

Contract mining presenting big new growth prospects

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Cementation Mining 

Second sniff at Congo’s resource opportunities

By: System Author     20th August 1999 In the run-up to, and in the aftermath of the October 1996 rebellion in Zaire, which led to the overthrow of one of Africa’s most despised despots, Mobutu Sese Seko, international mining companies began swarming. 

Potgietersrust Platinums; South Africa

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Mine 

SA giant explores China

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Exploration for copper in the Zhongdian area of China’s Yunnan province is being undertaken by South African company Billiton. 

Base-metals target

By: System Author     30th July 1999 The Pan-African Belt’s rock formation is the primary focus of Anglovaal Mining’s (Avmin’s) R80-million-a-year diversified exploration programme, exploration manager Hilton Philpot tells Mining Weekly. The Pan-African, a 880-million- to-550-million-year-old metallogenic belt... 

Jhb dumps disappearing

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Depending on who you speak to, the remining of the golden dumps in and around Johannesburg is either the best or worst thing happening to the city. Its detractors suggest it is robbing the city of its character, while its advocates laud the projects for their environmental and aesthetic benefits.... 

Firm fans up business

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The launching of a new fan product, an order for a combustion fan to be exported to Europe, as well as the prospect of exporting to Central America are some of the opportunities which have presented themselves to ABB Rotek Fans this year, reveals MD David Kirkman. The company – which... 

Metallogenic map of subequatorial Africa

By: System Author     9th July 1999 July 1999 is an important month for anyone involved in mining in Southern Africa – for the first time, an extensive metallogenic map will be released for the Southern African region, including crucial information such as the detailed location of mineral deposits as well as the... 

Chileans take a shine to Zambian copper

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A team of 14 engineers and geologists from Chile’s state-owned copper company, Codelco, is now in Southern Africa, working with Anglo American plc staff on their proposed copper joint venture (JV) in Zambia. The Chileans, who include metallurgical engineers and mining engineers, are... 

The world’s biggest mining project

By: System Author     25th June 1999 In the remote interior of Peru’s Ancash department, north of Lima, what is believed to be the world’s biggest current mining development is under way – the US$2,26-billion Antamina copper and zinc project, Mining Weekly can today report. Antamina, which is jointly owned by... 

Gamsberg’s low grade a real impediment

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The international trend in the zinc market towards the development of mines with higher grades could put pressure on the proposed R4-billion project at Gamsberg in the Northern Cape, which is a large low-grade orebody. Last year, Anglo American announced that it would pursue a study of the... 

Process pumps for mining

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Local pump specialist Ahl- strom Pumps has been offering pumping solu- tions to the metallurgical industry for the refining of steel and non-ferrous metals, such as copper, zinc and nickel, with much success for over a year now. The company previously only developed and manufactured pumps and... 

Banking on mining

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The long-term trend for the Peruvian mining sector continues to be one of expansion, despite present short-term difficulties caused by the international situation, Mining Weekly can today report. “The reform programme implemented by President Alberto Fujimori, together with the... 

Top SA–Zambian cobalt renaissance

By: System Author     28th May 1999 South Africans will next month begin building a new R500-million-plus metals-treatment plant in Zambia – a project which is providing an early flicker of contribution towards the realisation of Thabo Mbeki’s African Renaissance dream, Mining Weekly can today report. While decisions on... 

Second 40 MW smelter is part of plan

By: System Author     28th May 1999 CONDUCTIVE-hearth furnace technology is set to play a crucial role in the recovery from slag of between 2 000 t to 4 000 t of cobalt and between 5 000 t to 10 000 t of copper at Chambishi Metals in Zambia, where Anglovaal Mining Limited (Avmin) is to expand a metallurgical plant, Titaco project... 

New testing-facility boon for mining

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Mining in South Africa stands to benefit from a new testing facility established by Prestige Furnaces and Engineering, of Wadeville, Gauteng, which will eliminate incorrect equipment selection for mineral processing. Mintek, in tandem with Anglogold, has made use of the new service for the... 

Aluminium opportunities reappear in Venezuela

By: Roelf Diedericks     21st May 1999 Venezuela has adopted a new strategy for the privatisation of its State-owned aluminium and bauxite assets, Mining Weekly can today report. This follows the appointment of new heads to the Corporacion Venezolana de Guyana (CVG), the parastatal which holds the various aluminium plants and bauxite... 

Conveyors reach new heights

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The contract to design, manufacture and install two high- angle conveyors (HACs) for the pebble-crushing circuit project at Palabora Mining has been awarded to Continental Meco. This patented HAC technology was selected by the mining company’s consulting engineer, Brown and Root. Space... 

Base-metals bioleach commercialisation

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A memorandum of understanding to commercialise base-metal bioleach technology has been executed by BacTech Metallurgical Solutions (BacTech) and Mintek with Industrias Pe 

Chileans eyeing investment in African copper-mining sector

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Chilean sources tell Mining Weekly that Chile’s State-owned and internationally respected copper-mining company, Codelco, will most probably accept Anglo American’s offer of a partnership to rehabilitate and exploit the Nkana, Nchanga and Konkola copper operations in Zambia, currently... 

Guyana privatising bauxite

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Guyana, the only English-speaking country on the mainland of South America, is seeking partners willing to take a majority share in the country’s State-owned bauxite industry. The industry is organised under the government-owned Bauxite Industry Development Company (Bidco), which holds 100%... 

Non-core activities divested

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The divestment of all of Iscor’s international exploration activities to Australian listed company Africwest Gold, has been announced in line with the company’s strategy to focus on its core business. Iscor chairperson Hans Smith reported earlier this month that the divestment of its... 

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