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Base Metals News

Miner seeks to revitalise DRC zinc-copper project

17th August 2004 International mining company Adastra Minerals, formerly American Mineral Fields, yesterday announced that it has restarted negotiations with La G 

Copper prices buoy Canadian miner

16th August 2004 Canadian mining company First Quantum Minerals last week announced its results for the three month and six month periods ended June, 2004, with revenues for the second quarter of the year rising to $27,1-million from $12,7-million in the comparative period last year. 

Xstrata on commodity bull-run joy ride

By: Terence Creamer     13th August 2004 Surging commodity prices underpinned a sharp rise in first-half profits at diversified global miner Xstrata, which believes there is even more to come in the second half as the commodity bull-run continues. 

R12m contract completed

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th August 2004 The Namibian Skorpion zinc-mine, which is wholly owned by Anglo American, has made a significant contribution to Dupleix Liquid Meter’s (DLM) reputation. 

New estimates for Pakistan copper-gold project

12th August 2004 International base metal group Tethyan Copper Company said it has increased the copper metal inventory of the first development stage of its giant Reko Diq Copper-Gold Project in Pakistan by 35% and yesterday unveiled the first resource upgrade for the project since listing last year. 

Nickel, copper miner reports good results

11th August 2004 Nickel and gold producer LionOre Mining International yesterday reported solid second quarter financial results and operational highlights. 

Loan to boost Russian bauxite production

9th August 2004 The International Finance Corporation, the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have each signed a $75-million loan agreement that will provide Russia’s privately-owned SUAL group a total of $150-million to boost Russian... 

Miner mulls DRC underground prospect

6th August 2004 PROMISING exploration results showing mineralisation underground, are placing resource company Anvil Mining on track to turn its openpit Dikulushi copper-silver mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo underground by mid-2008. 

Miner expands Botswana prospecting suite

4th August 2004 Nine new prospecting licences, including the Lephale nickel-copper deposit, have been awarded to mining and exploration company Albidon, the company reported this week. 

Rand hindering copper industry

By: Helene Le Roux     30th July 2004 Robust Asian demand is supporting the increased export of local copper-based raw materials. However, the negative effect of the strong rand has had a major effect on the competitiveness of South African producers. 

Anvil completes drill programme at DRC project

30th July 2004 Resources group Anvil Mining said its drilling programme during the June quarter, at its Dikulushi copper-silver mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was successful in extending the resource down-dip to a vertical depth of some 300 m. 

Century mine, Australia

30th July 2004 Name: Century mine. Location: Approximately 250 km north by north-west of Mount Isa in north-west Queensland, Australia. Brief history: In 1990 the Century deposit was discovered by CRA (now Rio Tinto) and was purchased in 1997 by Pasminco, at which time development of the deposit began. In... 

New map for copper technology released

By: jenny furness     26th July 2004 An industry vision of the future of copper production technology has reportedly been completed and is now available in the newly released Amira International Copper Technology Roadmap. 

Concern raised over global shortage of mining professionals

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th July 2004 That mining professionals in South Africa, especially those from previously-disadvantaged communities, are in short supply is well documented. 

Miner buys into Mauritania copper-gold prospect

16th July 2004 Toronto Stock Exchange-listed First Quantum Minerals reports that the government of Mauritania has signed an agreement approving its involvement in the development of the Guelb Moghrein copper-gold deposit located near Akjoujt in Mauritania. 

Explorer reports good results at Eritrea drill

16th July 2004 Resources companies Sub-Sahara and Sunridge Gold Corporation yesterday reported what they described as ‘significant’ results from a further ten diamond drill holes and one reverse circulation-diamond drill hole at the Debarwa high-grade copper and gold deposit in Ertirea. 

Zinc project embraces hitech instrumentation

16th July 2004 At completion, process measurement company Endress+Hauser supplied over R15-million worth of process instrumentation to Skorpion Zinc mine and refinery near Rosh Pinah in southern Namibia. 

Record output at Australian zinc project

16th July 2004 Zinc producer Kagara Zinc has had a good production quarter at its Australian Mt Garnet project which saw record output of zinc, lead and copper metal and cash costs fall to US23 cents a pound of payable zinc. 

UK explorer extends Madagascar search

9th July 2004 UK-based exploration company Jubilee has announced the extension of its existing agreement with its local partners in Madagascar, two private individuals, to form a subsidiary company, Mineral Resources of Madagascar (MRM). Jubilee holds a 85% stake in MRM, and the partners 15%.  

Drilling starts on Peru gold project

9th July 2004 Minerals explorer Candente Resource Corporation this week announced that the company has started drilling on its wholly-owned Alto Dorado property located in northern Peru. 

Contract awarded for Chile copper project

9th July 2004 The world’s largest copper producer Codelco-Chile has awarded a contract to Aker Kvaerner Chile and SNC-Lavalin Chile for basic engineering of the Gaby copper oxide project. 

Dikulushi mine,Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

9th July 2004 Name: Dikulushi mine. Location: Located in the province of Katanga in the south-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 400 km north of the provincial capital, Lubumbashi. Brief history: Copper mineralisation was first reported in the early part of the twentieth century. In 1996 Anvil... 

Miner reviews copper-nickel project data

8th July 2004 AIM-listed Gippsland has completed a review of unpublished exploration data for its recently-acquired Abu Swayel copper-nickel project. 

Korean zinc producer invests in indium production

6th July 2004 One of the biggest nonferrous metal refiners in the world, Korea Zinc, has begun investing in allied industries to increase its profit. 

SA/Iran to collaborate on copper bioleaching project

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2004 Construction of a multimillion-rand pilot heap bioleaching plant in Iran, as a joint project between local mining technology research body Mintek and the Middle Eastern country’s National Iranian Copper Industries Company (Nicico), will start later this year. 

Xstrata approves Oz zinc-lead project

29th June 2004 Miner Xstrata Zinc has approved development of the Black Star zinc-lead openpit at Mount Isa, in north-west Queensland, Australia, at a capital cost of some $18,8-million, of which $15,3-million relates to prestripping of waste and the remainder infrastructure. 

SA firm completes contract at copper project

28th June 2004 Mechanical and electronic devices manufacturer Danfoss South Africa recently completed the supply of VSDs for the Kansanshi copper project, in Zambia. 

African resources key to Russian aluminium expansion projects

By: Helene Le Roux     25th June 2004 The world’s third-largest aluminium producer, Russian Aluminium (Rusal), is putting emphasis on the development of its bauxite-mining and alumina refining operations in Africa as part of its strategy to increase production.?The company has two large operations in the West African country... 

Zambian copper project passes halfway mark

By: Laura Franz     25th June 2004 Canada miner First Quantum Mineral’s Kansanshi copper-gold project, situated near Solwezi in north-west Zambia, is about 64% complete overall, with construction 36% complete. 

Xstrata approves Australian copper project

24th June 2004 Mining company Xstrata Copper has approved the development of the Northern 3 500 underground copper orebody, at Mount Isa, in northwest Queensland, Australia, at an expected capital cost of $24,8-million. 

Xstrata upgrades ore reserves at copper project

23rd June 2004 Diversified resources group Xstrata yesterday announced an upgrade in the ore reserves of the Minera Alumbrera copper operation, in Argentina, extending the mine-life at Alumbrera by 2,5 years and ensuring metal production until mid-2015. 

UK explorer announces nine new projects in Egypt

23rd June 2004 Aim-quoted Gippsland yesterday announced that it has been granted the rights to explore eight gold areas and one copper-nickel area in the Wadi Allaqi region, by the Egyptian government. Dr Sa'aidi, Egyptian Minister of Industry and Technological Development, chaired the public signing ceremony... 

Chile copper project ahead of schedule

18th June 2004 Mining giant Anglo American announced yesterday the commissioning of the $654-million Collahuasi Rosario project started in late April, some five weeks ahead of schedule and under budget. 

Canadian group acquires DRC tailings project

16th June 2004 Canadian-based resources group Adastra Minerals yesterday announced that it has acquired the Kolwezi tailings deposits, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), positioning the company to become a major player in the global mining industry. 

Zambia plans to ramp up copper output

By: Laura Franz     11th June 2004 Zambia expects to increase copper production by almost half in the next three years. 

Miner in deal to acquire 80% of Mauritania project

4th June 2004 Toronto-listed miner First Quantum Minerals has announced the execution of a heads of agreement with Guelb Moghrein Mines d'Akjoujt SA (Gemak) and Wadi Al Rawda Industrial Investments to purchase an 80% interest in the Guelb Moghrein copper-gold project, in Mauritania. 

More drilling planned at DRC copper-cobalt prospect

3rd June 2004 Mining group First Quantum Minerals earlier this week reported the results of an independent copper-cobalt resource estimate, completed at its wholly owned Lufua prospect (Lufua) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

DRC deal part of mid-tier miner’s big growth plan

By: Keith Campbell     28th May 2004 SA medium diversified miner Metorex is determined to double or even treble its market capitalisation over the next five or six years. Also new copper/cobalt project in DRC 

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