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Kinsenda restart project

21st July 2006 Copper Resources Corporation (CRC) has started construction of its processing plant at the Kinsenda underground mine. The plant will treat 1,2-million tons of 5,1%-grade Kinsenda ore to produce, at full capacity, 54,000 t/y of contained copper in the form of a rich, 45% concentrate. 

Rapu Rapu mine, Philippines

By: Carla Thomaz     21st July 2006 Name: Rapu Rapu mine. Location: Rapu Rapu mine is located on the island of Rapu Rapu, Albay province, southern Luzon, Philippines, approximately 350 km south of Manila. Brief history: Four years of intensive multifaceted studies led to a definitive feasibility study of the project, concluding... 

Ruashi copper/cobalt project

17th July 2006 The project will entail the exploitation of the Ruashi and Etoile stockpiles and orebodies. The project site is about 10 km from Lubumbashi in the southern DRC. 

Ruashi copper/cobalt project

14th July 2006 The project will entail the exploitation of the Ruashi and Etoile stockpiles and orebodies. The project site is about 10 km from Lubumbashi in the southern DRC. 

Ruashi copper/cobalt project

14th July 2006 The project will entail the exploitation of the Ruashi and Etoile stockpiles and orebodies. The project site is about 10 km from Lubumbashi in the southern DRC. 

Highland Valley mine, Canada

By: Carla Thomaz     14th July 2006 Name: Highland Valley mine. Location: Highland Valley mine is located 60 km south-west of Kamloops in central British Columbia, Canada. Brief history: Operations at Highland Valley began over 20 years ago by predecessor companies. The present operation is a combination of the Lornex mine and... 

Kinsevere project

23rd June 2006 Anvil Mining has announced that its board of directors has approved the stage 1 development of the Kinsevere copper/cobalt deposits following the completion of a feasibility study in early May 2006. The project comprises the Kinsevere Hill, Tshifufia and Tshifufiamashi deposits. The stage I... 

Pukaqaqa copper/gold project

23rd June 2006 Tiomin Resources has announced that an additional 14 000-m drilling programme has been approved by its joint venture partner, Compa 

Kinsevere project

16th June 2006 Anvil Mining has announced that its board of directors has approved the stage 1 development of the Kinsevere copper/cobalt deposits following the completion of a feasibility study in early May 2006. 

BHP Billiton searching for next Escondida in DRC, Kazakhstan and Mongolia

By: Helene Le Roux     9th June 2006 Escondida, the largest copper mine in the world, lies high up in Chile’s parched but mineral-rich Atacama desert. 

High-potential Australian resource undergoing biggest-ever prefeasibility test

By: Helene Le Roux     26th May 2006 The Olympic Dam copper/uranium/gold/silver mineral resource, in Australia, is the subject of what is believed to be the biggest prefeasibility study ever undertaken in the mining industry. 

Escondida mine, Antofagasta

By: Carla Thomaz     26th May 2006 Name: Escondida mine. Location: Escondida is located in the northern Atacama Desert of Chile about 170 km south-east of Antofagasta. Brief history: Construction of the mine started in August 1988 with the first batch of ore being processed in November 1990. The mine’s capacity has been... 

Mwambashi copper project

5th May 2006 The new openpit mine aims to produce 12 000 t of finished copper a year. The project has an indicated mineral resource of about 8,6-million tons at 2,43% copper and 0,07% cobalt. 

Kamoto mine redevelopment

5th May 2006 An independent feasibility study on the Kamoto mine has just been completed. The study confirms the proposed approach of a phased redevelopment, and restoration of economically-viable operations within a very short time with low capital costs relative to the restored-production capacity. 

Gibraltar mine concentrator upgrade

5th May 2006 The project will involve the expansion and upgrade of the concentrator facility at the Gibraltar mine. The approved expenditure will expand the concentrator's grinding circuit by incorporating a semiautogenous grinding (SAG) mill that will improve the efficiency of the present milling and... 

Ambodilafa project

28th April 2006 Jubilee Platinum has entered into an option agreement with Impala Platinum with regards to its prospective Ambodilafa project. The project has the potential to host significant copper, nickel and platinum group metals. 

AIM miner to explore for copper in Tibet

24th April 2006 AIM-listed Central China Goldfields has entered into an agreement that will allow it to search almost 2 000 square kilometres of Tibet for copper. 

Kolwezi copper/cobalt tailings project

21st April 2006 The Kolwezi cobalt/copper tailings project is based on the reclamation and treatment of stockpiled flotation tailings, which were produced by the mineral concentrator facility in Kolwezi, which processed high-grade ore from the Kov and other nearby mines from 1952 onwards. Owing to the poor... 

Guelb Moghrein copper/gold project

21st April 2006 The Guelb Moghrein deposit consists of an openpit mineable, copper/gold deposit containing a measured and indicated resource of 23,7-million tons, grading 1,88% total copper and 1,41 g/t gold. 

Canadian miner moves to buy out green power company

18th April 2006 Toronto Stock Exchange- and American Stock Exchange-listed NovaGold Resources has announced that it seeks to buy out green power company Coast Mountain Power Corporation in a transaction worth about C$40-million. 

Guelb Moghrein copper/gold project

14th April 2006 The Guelb Moghrein deposit consists of an openpit mineable, copper/gold deposit containing a measured and indicated resource of 23,7-million tons, grading 1,88% total copper and 1,41 g/t gold. 

Guelb Moghrein copper/gold project

7th April 2006 The Guelb Moghrein deposit consists of an openpit mineable, copper/gold deposit containing a measured and indicated resource of 23,7-million tons, grading 1,88% total copper and 1,41 g/t gold. 

DRC copper project fast-tracked

3rd April 2006 Toronto Stock Exchange- and Aim-listed Adastra Minerals, currently the subject of a hostile bid by First Quantum, has announced that approval has been given for early site works to start at its Democratic Republic of Congo copper project. 

Guelb Moghrein copper/gold project

31st March 2006 The Guelb Moghrein deposit consists of an openpit mineable, copper/gold deposit containing a measured and indicated resource of 23,7-million tons, grading 1,88% total copper and 1,41 g/t gold. Production will initially be targeted at about 30 000 t of copper in concentrate and 80 000 ounces of... 

Galore Creek copper-gold-silver project

17th March 2006 The project will involve the construction of an openpit mining operation. The Galore Creek has a mineral resource of 13,75-million ounces of gold, 156,4-million ounces of silver and 12-billion pounds of copper - equivalent now in contained metal value to more than 40-million ounces of gold. 

Rio Blanco copper-molybdenum project

17th March 2006 A bankable feasibility study (BFS) is currently being completed on a 50-million-ton-a-year expansion programme of the Rio Blanco copper-molybdenum project, in Peru. The mine is expected to start production at an initial throughput of 25-million tons a year, with an average of 200 000 t/y of... 

Kemess mine, Canada

By: Carla Thomaz     17th March 2006 Name: Kemess mine. Location: Kemess mine is located in the southern Toodoggone area of northern British Columbia, Canada. Brief history: In the early 1960s, the Kemess South deposit was identified. Royal Oak mines acquired the property during the 1990s, bringing the mine into production in 1998.... 

Dukwe project

10th March 2006 The project will entail the development of the Dukwe openpit mine (in phases) to produce about 15 000 tons of copper a year. The mine will be developed as an openpit to extract near-surface oxide ore amenable to heap leaching and later to be supplemented by underground mining of the sulphide ore... 

Mining group expands to meet rising demand

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2006 Global mining group Xstrata plc is confident that the current above-long-term average prices for metals and minerals will continue for some years yet. 

Wafi-Golpu project

3rd March 2006 A prefeasibility study is under way at the Wafi-Golpu prospect in Papua New Guinea. Harmony Gold is confident that its Golpu and nearby Wafi projects hold enormous copper and gold potential. 

DRC prospect to be big contributor to Metorex's revenue

By: peter cromberge     3rd March 2006 African mid-tier miner Metorex is involved in a range of capital expenditure projects across all three of its divisions (copper, coal and fluorspar) in a move designed to reposition its asset base as longer life, higher quality operations. 

Neves-Corvo mine, Portugal

By: Carla Thomaz     3rd March 2006 Name: Neves-Corvo mine. Location: Neves-Corvo is located 15 km south-east of the town of Castro Verde, in the Alentejo province of southern Portugal. Brief history: The Neves Corvo orebodies were discovered in 1977 after exploration drilling. Somincor was then formed and, in 1983, the deposits... 

First output from DRC copper project by midyear

By: Nicola Mawson     9th February 2006 Diversified miner Metorex's Ruashi project in the Democratic Republic of Congo is proceeding apace, chairperson Simon Malone said on Wednesday at the 2006 Mining Indaba in Cape Town. 

Adastra rejects hostile First Quantum bid

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2006 Toronto Stock Exchange-and AIM listed junior Adastra has encouraged shareholders to not sell their shares to First Quantum, which has made a hostile bid for the smaller company. 

Radomiro Tomic mine, Chile

By: Carla Thomaz     3rd February 2006 Name: Radomiro Tomic mine. Location: Radomiro Tomic is located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, 3 000 m above sea level. Brief history: Discovered in 1952 by Anaconda Development,it was approved in 1995, started in 1996 and was essentiallycompleted in 1997. Radomiro Tomic was inaugurated... 

Resource estimate revised upwards at Peru copper project

1st February 2006 Canadian miner Tiomin Resources yesterday announced that a new mineral resource estimate had been completed on the Pukaqaqa copper/gold deposit. 

Anglo clamps down on illegal mining

By: Keith Campbell     27th January 2006 Benefits begin to flow from imporved law enforcement, beneficiation and infrastructure investment 

Africa offers explosive growth

By: Jade Davenport     20th January 2006 Africa’s largest explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited (AEL) has experienced tremendous growth in the continent, which is evidenced by the fact that the financial contribution of the company’s African subsidiaries has increased over the past decade from a virtual... 

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