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Zinc News

Mediterranean firm granted exploration license in Slovakia

     28th July 2005 Cyprus-based Eastern Mediterranean Resources Public Limited (EMED) has announced that it has been granted a major license covering a substantial portion of the world-class Stiavnica-Hodrusa mineral district in Slovakia. 

Brunswick Mine, Canada

By: Carla Thomaz     15th July 2005 Name: Brunswick lead-and-zinc-mine. Location: The mine is located 35 km south-west of Bathhurst, New Brunswick, Canada. Brief history: The mine’s history begins with a geology student’s master’s thesis that alerted entrepreneurs to explore for zinc and copper in the area. A... 

Red Dog, US

By: samantha pereira     3rd December 2004 Name: Red Dog mine. Location: Located in the DeLong Mountains of Alaska’s Brooks Range, in the US. Brief description: Red Dog is an openpit zinc- and lead-producing mine. Brief history: In 1982 Cominco American signed an agreement with NANA, regarding development, which began in 1986 and... 

Skorpion on track for full production

By: andrew lanham     26th November 2004 The Anglo American half-year interim report for 2004 reported a record base-metals performance with headline earnings that increased sevenfold to $455-million. 

Firm scoops big instrumentation contracts

By: elizabeth rebelo     5th November 2004 Due to Endress+Hauser’s (E+H’s) large product basket, the company has secured two significant instrumen-tation-equipment orders for the mining sector. 

Golden Grove - Western Australia

By: samantha pereira     8th October 2004 Name: Golden Grove. Location: Located 338 km north-east of Perth and 222 km east of the port of Geraldton, in Western Australia. Brief description: The operation consists of two underground mines and employs about 180 people on a fly-in, fly-out basis. Brief history: Following a copper discovery... 

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 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Zinc body in push to boost demand

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th May 2004 The International Zinc Association of Southern Africa (Izasa), established three years ago to promote the use of zinc-related products, has identified several demand-boosting projects, but insists that more opportunities could be pursued. 

Zinc producer to up capacity by 50 000 t in July

     22nd March 2004 Huludao Nonferrous Metals Group, which has the largest zinc capacity in China, plans to restart 50 000 t of its idle 130 000 t/y zinc plant by July, a company official said on Friday. 

Black Mountain bridges the gap

By: andrew lanham     20th February 2004 Black Mountain has a large new orebody. Until the infrastructure to mine this body is complete, the mine has to make do with remnant ore and scattered mining. This article gives an overview of the current situation. 

Black Mountain, South Africa

     20th February 2004 Location: The mine is situated 109 km east of Springbok and 68 km west of Pofadder in the Northern Cape Province. Brief history: Phelps Dodge started exploration drilling at Aggeneys during 1971 and prospect mining began in 1973. Phelps Dodge and Gold Fields of South Africa became partners in... 

Higher metal prices boost Boliden’s Q4 profits

     11th February 2004 Leading European mining and smelting company, Boliden, reported a jump in fourth-quarter profits yesterday, thanks to higher metals prices and strong demand, and said it saw copper and zinc prices rising more. 

Chinese firm to raise zinc capacity by 100 000 t

     9th February 2004 Huludao Nonferrous Metals Group, which already has the largest zinc ingot capacity in China, will expand capacity by 100 000 t – to 430 000 t – in June 2005, a company official said on Friday. 

Bateman completes study for Iran zinc refinery

     20th January 2004 South African engineering group Bateman recently completed a feasibility study on behalf of the Iran Zinc Mines Development Company (IZMDC), for the establishment of a new refinery. 

China considers zinc plant restart in 2004

     6th November 2003 China's second-largest zinc producer, Huludao zinc smelter, said yesterday it wants to reopen its 130 000-t/y plant in the second half of 2004 if global prices exceed $1 000/t. 

Future prospects for zinc debated

     29th October 2003 Financial and market analysts, government representatives and other industry observers recently gathered in London for two events named ‘Surprisingly Zinc’ and ‘Zinc Forum 2003’, to discuss and explore future prospects for the zinc industry. 

Skorpion to reach full tilt by December 2004

     20th October 2003 Anglo American's wholly owned $454-million Skorpion zinc mine and refinery in southern Namibia should reach full capacity by December 2004, with completion on budget, David Morris, head of zinc, said last week. 

Namibian zinc project to be at full tilt by end-2004

     15th September 2003 Mining giant Anglo American's wholly-owned Skorpion zinc mine and refinery near Rosh Pinah, in southern Namibia, was officially opened by the Namibian President Sam Nujoma at the weekend. 

Zinc price shows signs of recovery

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th September 2003 The zinc price, which has risen to $810/t from $770/t at the beginning of the year, is forecast to top the $900/t mark early in the new year, but it is unlikely that the firming price will prompt immediate approval of projects which are currently in abeyance. 

Xstrata plans to shut UK zinc operation

     8th September 2003 Swiss miner Xstrata plans to shut Britannia Refined Metals (BRM), its recycling operation at Northfleet in the UK, at the end of the year - the operation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Xstrata Zinc. 

Swedish miner sees rising copper, zinc prices

     20th August 2003 Swedish mining and metals group Boliden AB made bullish predictions about base metals prices yesterday, saying it saw rises in copper and zinc from historically low levels, boosted by rising demand. 

Chinese zinc company sees higher profits

     18th August 2003 Huludao Zinc Industry company, China's top zinc producer, on Friday posted a net profit of 37,9-million yuan for the first half, down 49% from a year earlier on low metal prices and high concentrate prices. 

Zinc prices kill Burkina Faso project

By: Deborah Spicer     25th July 2003 The proposed Perkoa zinc project, of Burkina Faso, is unviable until the zinc price, which stands at $800/t, increases to $1 100/t, and the London Metal Exchange (LME) stockpile of the metal is halved, reports Metorex executive chairperson Simon Malone. 

China zinc offshore prices fail to tempt exporters

     25th July 2003 China is reluctant to raise zinc exports despite rising global prices, preferring to sell the metal domestically where demand from the booming steel sector is strong, industry officials said on Wednesday. 

Zinc body seeks new head

     22nd July 2003 The International Zinc Association (IZA) announced yesterday that would be recruiting a new executive director to take the company into a new era of expanded scope, especially as the zinc activities of the International Lead Zinc Research Organisation are to be integrated with those of IZA. 

SA group also keen on Moatize coal project

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2003 SOUTH African mining group Kumba is interested in developing the Moatize coal deposits in Mozambique.? 

Chinese zinc producer to raise output, capacity

     29th May 2003 to increase output to 80 000 t this year from 60 000 t in 2002, a company official said yesterday. Hongda, a top zinc producer in southwestern province of Sichuan, also planned to nearly triple its capacity to 300 000 t/yr in three years, which would make it one of the top zinc firms in China,... 

Negative outlook for zinc prices continues

     28th May 2003 World zinc prices, which during the last year fell to their lowest level in real terms since the Great Depression, are forcing miners to drive down their production costs – and, the outlook remains bleak. 

First zinc produced at Skorpion

By: Martin Czernowalow     19th May 2003 Mining giant Anglo American said on Friday that its wholly-owned Skorpion zinc mine has produced its first metal, after being completed within budget. 

Canadian miner eyes Tunisian zinc deposit

     12th May 2003 Canada's Breakwater Resources is in talks with Tunisia to develop an unmined zinc deposit, close to its existing Bougrine mine, southwest of the capital Tunis, its chief executive said. 

Gap between LME and China widens

     8th May 2003 China is reluctant to make spot export offers after the latest retreat in London Metal Exchange (LME) prices left domestic prices far above international levels, traders said on Wednesday. 

Swedish mining sees higher copper, zinc prices

     7th May 2003 Swedish mining sees higher copper, zinc prices "Inventories are low and demand from industry is on the rise," Jan Johansson told Reuters in a brief telephone interview after his company released its first-quarter results. 

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