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Base Metals News

International instrumentation design effort for Zambian operation

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Top Zambian copper projects 

Full operations set for next year

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Top Zambian copper projects 

Upgrade and extension 90% complete

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Top Zambian copper projects 

Vacuum pumps for Zambia

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Zambian Copper 

R13bn to flow to SA from Konkola, says Menell

By: System Author     24th November 2000 More than half of the capital outlay made in various large-scale projects in Southern Africa returns to South Africa through the purchase of services and supplies. 

Mercurial advance of the new base-metals division

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Anglo American plc 

Brownfields exploration the best kind of exploration, says Danchin

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Anglo American plc 

Projects timed for zinc’s upturn

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Anglo American plc 

Konkola Deeps study by January

By: System Author     10th November 2000 The May 1998 feasibility study for Konkola Deep Mining Project is currently being revalidated by the Konkola Copper Mines project team, and an updated study should be complete by the end of January. 

Company trying to revive masonry skills

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Quarrying 

Decision on nickel-mine expansion next year

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 A decision on whether to proceed with the proposed expansion at Nkomati nickel-mine between Machadodorp, Waterval-Boven and Badplaas, in Mpumalanga, is expected to be taken by the end of this year, or early 2001. 

Malawi’s bauxite raises interest

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Blantyre – Resources group Billiton – which has the majority shareholding in the Mozambique Aluminium smelte – is believed to be co-operating with Malawi’s largest publicly-listed conglomerate, Press Corporation, to explore a multimillion-dollar deal to start mining and... 

Prospecting success with airborne technology

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The world’s largest mining company, Anglo American, is having significant exploration success with its proprietary electromagnetic prospecting system, Spectrem. 

Chilean mining technology may come SA’s way

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Chilean mining technology company CIMM Tecnologias y Servicios could be expanding its operations to South Africa. 

Painted into a corner

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Editorial 

Copperbelt comeback on track despite losses

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Losses continue to be the over-arching feature of the newly-privatised operations on the Zambian Copperbelt, but all the new owners appear convinced that the turnaround remains on track. 

Playing 500 000 t zinc hand

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 The big zinc ambitions of resources giant Anglo American are beginning to come together – plans which could position the group at number three in the world, with 10% of the market within five years. 

SA company’s expertise being spread around the world

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Base metals 

Automotive industry key to growth of aluminium industry

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Base metals 

Crusher for Zambian Copperbelt

By: System Author     8th September 2000 The first of five refurbished crushers for Zambia’s newly-privatised copper-mines has crossed South Africa’s borders from Gauteng heavy-engineering firm Baldmin Engineering Works’ Benoni workshop. 

Orebody depleted – mine closure expected in December 2001

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Base metals 

Positive predictions for base metals

By: System Author     8th September 2000 With the international demand for base-metals increasing, and the sector showing strong signs of recovery, Mining Weekly features reporter Anelle Janse van Rensburg speaks to Mintek GM Dr Roger Paul about the state of the industry and the future of the base-metal sector in South Africa. Do you... 

Alumina battle heats up

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Observers who fear that Billiton may run out of assured sources of alumina for its large-scale aluminium projects, such as Hillside at Richard’s Bay, Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa, and Mozal at Maputo in Mozambique, may be unnecessarily pessimistic. 

In search of alumina balance

By: System Author     21st July 2000 When natural resources group Billiton gazed into its crystal ball earlier this year, it realised that, with all the consolidation taking place in the aluminium industry, it needed to take steps to ensure its future supply of competitively-priced alumina. 

Chinese-SA zinc study, Oct

By: System Author     21st July 2000 If all goes well, Billiton’s giant $500-million zinc project at Lan Ping, in China, could be in operation in some four years. 

Delivering the prize of the Copperbelt

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Deep-seated restructuring is taking place at the new company, Konkola Copper Mines, which emerged earlier this year with the single largest parcel of assets sold by the Zambian government, following a protracted and painful privatisation process. 

The big zinc think

By: System Author     28th April 2000 The extent to which South Africans are thinking zinc now goes way beyond the original much- vaunted Billiton plan to establish a refinery at the proposed industrial development zone of Coega near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. 

Skorpion’s sting proves high grade

By: System Author     14th April 2000 A pilot plant, established to prove the technical feasibility and fundamentals for the proposed $300-million Skorpion zinc project near Oranjemund in Namibia, has completed its work. 

SA bug in Chile copper extraction plant

By: System Author     31st March 2000 The ‘BioCOP’ technology developed by Billiton to extract copper from sulphide ores, and which is now to be applied on a commercial scale in a prototype plant in Chile, in a joint venture with Chile’s national copper company, Codelco, is a form of biohydrometallurgy. 

After R680m iron-ore project, plans for zinc and titanium

By: System Author     31st March 2000 It is common cause that resources group Iscor Mining has serious plans to move beyond the bread-and-butter of its iron-ore and coal-mines into base and heavy minerals. 

Gamsberg zinc manganese options being explored 

By: System Author     31st March 2000 In an interview with Anglo Base chief operating officer: zinc Peter Smith and vice-president project management: Mick Furman, Deputy Editor Terence Creamer discussed the progress of the current R97-million feasibility study and Anglo’s reasons for choosing openpit mining and the... 

Editorial/Cartoon

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Editorial 

Zambian copper project awarded to local company

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Metorex 

Gamsberg back on the map

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The R97-million feasibility study being undertaken by mining giant Anglo American into a possible R5-billion-to-R6-billion zinc mine and refinery at Gamsberg in the Northern Cape is nearing completion. 

SA copper bug eats its way into Chilean boardrooms

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Former South African global minerals and metals group Billiton and giant Chilean copper-mining group Codelco have established a joint venture to exploit Billiton’s ‘BioCOP’ biological leaching technology on a worldwide basis. 

Promising African zinc prospect

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Junior mining company Metorex is continuing the development of the Perkoa zinc project in Burkina Faso following its acquisition from Billiton for an undisclosed sum last year. 

ZCCM privatisation set for this month

By: System Author     11th February 2000 The unbundling and privatisation of African mining monolith Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines has entered its final stages. 

Company surveys its success

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Nchwaning Manganese Expansion 

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