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Base Metals News

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... 

New chain hoist set to strike sparks

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Gauteng mining-equipment supplier Bellambie Mining & Industrial has launched a new Kito electric chain hoist with lifting capacities between 125 kg and 20 t. The ER series, which has lower headroom than any previous models, features a newly-designed compact, single die-cast aluminium body which... 

Call for SA mining to peruse Peru

By: System Author     9th April 1999 It is important that South African mining companies become involved in Peru, Peruvian Energy and Mines Minister Daniel Hokama tells Mining Weekly. About 60% by value of Peru’s mining production last year was provided by gold and copper, each contributing about 30%. South African ambassador... 

Opportunities south of Peru

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A pilot plant has been exported to Chile by Particle Separation Systems to be tested at Chuiqui Camata, the world’s largest copper-mine, belonging to the Codelco group. Chile forms the southern boundary of Peru, along with Bolivia, and Ecuador and Colombia in the north, and Brazil in the... 

South Africans doing an ‘aluminium’ on ‘nickel’

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Nickel, along with just about every other commodity, has had a rough ride over the last year or so. Its price dropped to an 11-year low of US$1,69 a pound in December, but has been a star performer for the first few months of 1999, rising 25%. The gains have been made on the back of a... 

Gap for SA in Peru copper

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 At the beginning of last month one of the world’s top ten privately-owned copper producers completed the first element of a US$1,25-billion expansion and modernisation programme. The company is the American-owned Southern Peru Copper Corporation (SPCC), and the commissioning of the... 

Mine embarks on expansion drive

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Non-ferrous metal and silver mine Black Mountain has embarked on an expansion drive to upgrade the processing plant’s automation system and expand analyser capacity. The investment involves the implementation of an automatic on-stream Courier 30XP analyser to expand analyser capacity and a... 

Drilling company makes an impact

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Newly-formed contract drilling company Ibora Drilling is engaged in drilling operations in Maputo mainly for the extraction of suitable-grade rock for construction of the road network for the Mozal Aluminium smelter, a deal said to be in the high seven-digit bracket. The Nelspruit company has... 

Refurbishing crushes price

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A R500 000 contract for a refurbished crushing and screening plant placed by the Hillside Aluminium Smelter in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, was awarded in September 1998 and completed in three months. The contract was undertaken by Brakpan, Gauteng, company Manhattan Mining, and procurement... 

Zinc-maker buys software

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Contracts worth R17,5-million for the implementation and installation of SAP R/3 systems for zinc manufacturer Zincor and chemical manufacturing company Suprachem have been awarded to software company AST ERP Solutions, a division of the AST group. The Zincor project, with a contract value of... 

New bauxite sampler

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Gauteng supplier Multotec Process Equipment has secured an order worth more than R3,5-million against strict competition for the supply of a new multistage sampling station for Compagnie des Bauxite de Guinea (CBG) in West Africa, Mining Weekly can today report. The Guinean bauxite producer is... 

New electrode assembly

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Smelting technology and equipment specialist Pyromet, of Johannesburg, is gaining local and international recognition for its new electrode-assembly design. The 15-year-old, 65-employee company has already sold two of the just-launched R5-million-apiece assemblies. Founder and MD David Pheiffer... 

Cobalt extraction aided

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A contract worth millions of rands for the supply and installation of a Plantscape control system by Honeywell South Africa to Kasese Cobalt in Western Uganda is reaching completion with the final phases of commissioning taking place last month, reveals sales tendering and support manager Zane... 

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