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Zinc News

Deal brings W Africa zinc-mine one step closer

     23rd August 2001 Mid-tier mining company Metorex has announced that the Burkina Faso government has agreed to the broad terms of a memorandum of understanding as requested by the firm – the agreement relates to the possible development of a zinc-mine. 

Burkina Faso zinc-mine becoming a reality

     8th August 2001 Although the announcement by the Burkina Faso Minister of Mines Kader Cisse that South African mining group Metorex had been granted mining rights in the Perkoa region of that country was a bit of a surprise, the company says it is good news and a psychological boost for the group. 

Gamsberg derailed by recession?

     30th July 2001 The proposed R6-billion Gamsberg zinc project – which was brought back on to the investment map a few years ago when the property was purchased from Gold Fields of South Africa by Anglo American – appears to be in trouble. 

Zinc market has big structural challenges . . .

By: Laura Franz     27th July 2001 Prospects for zinc projects worldwide, such as the massive R6-billion Gamsberg project, in the Northern Cape, look bleak given the sector’s chronic structural deficiencies. 

. . . but Aussie shrugs off zinc bears

     27th July 2001 While market analysts are ‘sinking’ zinc as an investment option, one Australian producer is convinced that the metal still has a bright future. 

Southern Africa's big six 'greenfield' mining projects

     27th July 2001 Estimates by the US Geological Survey that deposits in Southern Africa contain a significant proportion of the world’s platinum-group metals, chromium, manganese and gold reserves, and the fact that there are vast tracts of unexplored land in the second-largest continent in the world, make... 

Aussie shrugs off zinc bears

     12th July 2001 While market analysts are ‘sinking’ zinc as an investment option, one Australian producer is convinced that the metal still has a bright future. 

Project development continuing despite delays

     29th June 2001 There is no word from Anglo American as to a decision on whether the R6-billion Gamsberg zinc project development will be given the go-ahead. 

Development of Canadian zinc-mines is ongoing

     29th June 2001 Canadian company Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting (HBMS) has brought 29 mines into production since establishing its first original plant more than 60 years ago. 

Zinc bringing power to Namibia

     29th June 2001 The project to supply the new Skorpion zinc-mine in Namibia with power is well under way, Mining Weekly can today report. 

Half of mine's R3,2bn budget committed

     29th June 2001 Half of the R3,2-billion budget for the Skorpion zinc project near Rosh Pinah in southern Namibia has been committed, with R276 million having already been spent. 

Northern Cape zinc-mine expansion project on track

     29th June 2001 Progress on the Black Mountain zinc-mine expansion project located in Aggeneys, Northern Cape, is on track. 

SA still small zinc competitor

     29th June 2001 By world standards, South Africa and, indeed, Africa, remains a small participant in the zinc market. 

R38m rectifier for zinc project

     1st June 2001 A R38-million contract has been awarded for the supply of four thyristor rectifier plants for the Skorpion project, in Namibia. 

Brownfields exploration the best kind of exploration, says Danchin

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Anglo American plc 

Mercurial advance of the new base-metals division

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Anglo American plc 

Projects timed for zinc’s upturn

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Anglo American plc 

Prospecting success with airborne technology

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The world’s largest mining company, Anglo American, is having significant exploration success with its proprietary electromagnetic prospecting system, Spectrem. 

Playing 500 000 t zinc hand

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 The big zinc ambitions of resources giant Anglo American are beginning to come together – plans which could position the group at number three in the world, with 10% of the market within five years. 

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... 

Chinese-SA zinc study, Oct

By: System Author     21st July 2000 If all goes well, Billiton’s giant $500-million zinc project at Lan Ping, in China, could be in operation in some four years. 

The big zinc think

By: System Author     28th April 2000 The extent to which South Africans are thinking zinc now goes way beyond the original much- vaunted Billiton plan to establish a refinery at the proposed industrial development zone of Coega near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. 

Skorpion’s sting proves high grade

By: System Author     14th April 2000 A pilot plant, established to prove the technical feasibility and fundamentals for the proposed $300-million Skorpion zinc project near Oranjemund in Namibia, has completed its work. 

After R680m iron-ore project, plans for zinc and titanium

By: System Author     31st March 2000 It is common cause that resources group Iscor Mining has serious plans to move beyond the bread-and-butter of its iron-ore and coal-mines into base and heavy minerals. 

Gamsberg zinc manganese options being explored 

By: System Author     31st March 2000 In an interview with Anglo Base chief operating officer: zinc Peter Smith and vice-president project management: Mick Furman, Deputy Editor Terence Creamer discussed the progress of the current R97-million feasibility study and Anglo’s reasons for choosing openpit mining and the... 

Gamsberg back on the map

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The R97-million feasibility study being undertaken by mining giant Anglo American into a possible R5-billion-to-R6-billion zinc mine and refinery at Gamsberg in the Northern Cape is nearing completion. 

Promising African zinc prospect

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Junior mining company Metorex is continuing the development of the Perkoa zinc project in Burkina Faso following its acquisition from Billiton for an undisclosed sum last year. 

Searching the desert for zinc

By: System Author     19th November 1999 A joint exploration agreement between Iscor and PE Minerals, of Namibia, to explore base metal concessions held by the two companies in Southern Namibia was signed last month. 

Can zinc make Anglo an ‘ace of base’

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Anglo American has a few interesting initiatives on the go in the metal. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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 

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... 

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... 

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