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Zinc News

Deal opens way for DRC zinc rehab

4th February 2002 A joint venture agreement has been signed by America Mineral Fields (AMZ) and Zinc Corporation of South Africa (Zincor), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kumba Resources Limited (Kumba), which will govern the potential rehabilitation of the Kipushi zinc-copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo... 

SA base-metals operation forms alliance to develop zinc-air fuel-cells market

14th December 2001 The base-metals division of newly-listed Kumba Resources has, through its interests in Cross Continental Energy Storage Systems (CCESS), signed an agreement with German company Zoxy Energy Systems, for the licensing rights to use the Zoxy zinc-air electric power cell technology to manufacture,... 

Firm wins ball-mill contract

By: nkolola halwindi     7th December 2001 An Engineering firm specialising in equipment for cement and basic industries, Krupp Polysius, has been awarded the contract for the supply of a ball mill to the Skorpion Zinc project near Rosh Pinah in southern Namibia. 

Firm wins grating contract

7th December 2001 Glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) composite grating manufactured by local company Access Industrial Suppliers has been selected to supply the Skorpion zinc-mine. 

'Plastic' houses for mine management

7th December 2001 About 191 houses for the management of the Skorpion Zinc project in southern Namibia will be built using the Styrox building system. 

Process pumps for zinc project

7th December 2001 Pump manufacturer Sulzer South Africa has been contracted to provide process pumps to the Skorpion Zinc refinery. 

Account management contract created

7th December 2001 A division of Siemens, Industrial Solutions and Services, has put into place an account management contract for all Siemens products and services at the Skorpions Zinc project. 

Mining with the environment in mind

7th December 2001 Mining giant Anglo American’s Skorpion Zinc in Namibia project is situated in one of the world’s top 25 biodiversity hot-spots, reports Walmsley environmental consultant Michele Kilbourn Louw. 

Zinc prices at 14-year low

5th December 2001 A leading mineral economist group has calculated that 40% of Western World zinc-mine output was not covering cash costs at the October average price. AME Minerals Economics, of Sydney, Australia, argues that the situation is no longer sustainable. 

New screens for Namibian mine

16th November 2001 Local company Linatex Africa has secured a R2,4-million contract for the supply of vibrating screens to the Skorpion Zinc Project, owned by Anglo American Base Metals. 

Another zinc operation to close

1st November 2001 Canadian miner Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting said it will close its Ruttan zinc-and-copper mine in northern Manitoba next year because of low metal prices, a slowing global economy and a poor economic outlook. 

Algeria calls global bids for zinc-lead project

18th October 2001 Algeria issued a new international tender for the development of its Amizour zinc and lead project, which was to have been operated by Canadian mining firm Breakwater Resources. 

Interest shown in liquidated zinc miner’s assets

1st October 2001 The world’s largest zinc producer, Pasminco, has received indications from Swiss miner Glencore International, and Canada’s Noranda and Tock Corporation that they may bid for the Century mine, the Australian company’s biggest asset. 

Japan takes zinc gap left by China

27th September 2001 Japanese refined zinc is gaining ground in Taiwan from market leader China, which appears reluctant to export as global prices languish, traders said. 

Zinc price sinks world's biggest producer

25th September 2001 The world’s biggest integrated zinc and lead producer, Pasminco, has been placed under voluntary liquidation, due to the huge debts and a share price meltdown. 

Investor interest in DRC zinc project heats up

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st September 2001 London-based America Mineral Fields International (AMFI) is now finalising its agreement with South Africa’s Zinc Corporation (Zincor) for a joint-venture company to redevelop the Kipushi zinc-copper mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 

Investor interest in DRC zinc project heats up

21st September 2001 London-based America Mineral Fields International (AMFI) is now finalising its agreement with South Africa's Zinc Corporation (Zincor) for a joint-venture company to redevelop the Kipushi zinc-copper mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 

More zinc casualties emerge

13th September 2001 Zinc market woes have been further entrenched with Pasminco, the top zinc miner and refiner, reporting a loss in fiscal 2001 after metals prices fell and it lost money on currency bets. 

China stops output at zinc smelter

12th September 2001 China’s biggest zinc producer, Huludao Zinc, has stopped production at one of its smelters due to dismal global prices, plant officials said last week. 

Swiss group in new facility era

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 SWISS-based mining group Xstrata saw the commissioning of a number of important new facilities during the first half of this year. 

Heavy-weight lifting in the Northern Cape

7th September 2001 Structural engineering and contracting company DSE erected a fully-welded boxed A-frame headgear over a new vertical shaft at Black Mountain zinc-mine at Aggeneys, in the Northern Cape, earlier this year. 

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 

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