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Copper News

Zambian copper miner has tough year

     27th August 2001 During the six-month period to June 30, 2001, Anglo American subsidiary Zambia Copper Investments (ZCI) incurred a consolidated net loss of $38,2-million, due to low copper and cobalt prices and operational difficulties at ZCI’s operating subsidiary, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). 

Zambia copper-gold deal signed

     23rd August 2001 Canadian mining firm First Quantum Minerals has signed a definitive purchase and sale agreement with Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Phelps Dodge Corporation, for the acquisition of Phelps Dodge's entitlement to an 80% beneficial interest in the Kansanshi copper-gold... 

Fan maker taps in on Copperbelt development

     3rd August 2001 Eastern Cape industrial fans manufacturer Howden Donkin has landed a contract to supply centrifugal fans to Nampundwe copper mine, in Zambia. 

Canadian firm expands Konkola exploration effort

     3rd August 2001 Canadian company Caledonia Mining has been granted an exclusive prospecting licence over the Konkola West area of about 128 km2, in Zambia. 

Africa's copper output is expected to surge

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th July 2001 A sparkling future is in store for the copper industry, which has been characterised by low prices during the last few years, delegates to a recent African copper conference in Johannesburg were told. 

Upgraded rail for Zambian mines

By: Deborah Spicer     20th July 2001 Railway and civil engineering contractor Flint Construction reports that it will finish upgrading rail tracks at Nchanga mine this month and at Konkola mine’s One and Three Shafts in September. 

Development of Copperbelt continues

By: Deborah Spicer     20th July 2001 Mine operator Metorex is determined to continue with its campaign to level the mining playing field in Zambia where the company developed the first new mine in the Copperbelt in 30 years. 

Multimillion filter order awarded

     20th July 2001 A multimillion dollar order from Konkola Copper Mines to refurbish 26 m2 by 80 m2 horizontal belt-filters for the Nchanga Mine in Zambia has been awarded to Delkor Technik of Johannesburg. 

Zambia plans to regain 500 000-t/y copper crown

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th July 2001 Zambia could regain its status as a 500 000-t-plus-a-year copper producer within the next five to ten years, predict government officials and mining companies which have flocked to the former British colony following the privatisation of the giant Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines. 

Aussies plan 2002 start-up of DRC mine

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th July 2001 Australian junior mineral explorer Anvil Mining says it will start exploiting the 1,7-million-ton copper/silver resource at Dikulushi, in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), around July next year. 

First new Copperbelt mine in 30 years

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th June 2001 The first new mine to be developed on the Zambian Copperbelt in 30 years came on stream last week, creating about 100 jobs and boosting the country’s monthly copper-production capacity by 1 200 t. 

New Zambia leader likely to be copper-friendly

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th June 2001 Zambia’s privatisation programme is proceeding satisfactorily, and President Frederick Chiluba’s successor – to take over the reins later this year – is expected to continue with investor-friendly policies. 

Copper holds its own in New Economy

     8th June 2001 Although new technologies may appear to oust copper from the New Economy, they often generate new applications for the metal, albeit in smaller quantities per unit of product, reports Copper Development Association MD Alistair Peterkin. 

Can Mining's 'Paradise Lost' be 'Regained'

     8th June 2001 A special report on the prospects for mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Joseph Kabila and a proposed new mining code offer hope, Mining Weekly Deputy Editor Terence Creamer reports. 

Resources giant explores Chile, Canada and Oz

     5th June 2001 Resources giant Billiton has announced three exploration agreements, which will see the company involved in Chile, Canada and Australia. 

Import threat from local steel user . . .

     1st June 2001 This is the opinion of Sasol Technology engineering MD Nico Doman, who addressed a South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) workshop last month, as part of an industrial panel relating its needs to the local steel sector. Doman said the quality of the sector's product is good and the... 

Copper resource, Peru

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Billiton subsidiary Billiton Investment is to buy the La Granja copper property in Northern Peru from Cambior of Canada. 

Copper project advances

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

Local firm opens office in Zambia

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

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 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

Zambian copper project awarded to local company

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Metorex 

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. 

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. 

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 

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