Base Metals

The most common base metals are copper, lead,nickel, tin, aluminium, and zinc. Base metals are used in a wide variety of applications. For example, lead has proven to be a reliable source for batteries, and nickel often is used to strengthen and harden metal alloys, including stainless steel. Base metals also are used frequently to coat other metals. For example, zinc is used to coat galvanized steel.

NEW UNDERGROUND LOADER FOR MINING

SFL60
The new SFL 60 XLP
underground loader

A newcomer to the mining industry is the SFL 60 XLP – a specially developed prototype for an extremely low-profile underground loader. It has been developed by Schopf Maschinenbau GmbH of Ostfildern near Stuttgart – manufacturer of specialised loading machines for underground use for more than 60 years.

NEW ACCESS TO WORLD CLASS MINING TECHNOLOGY

Beck Arndt 3D
Examples of Beck Arndt
Engineering analysis – 3D
open pit modelling

Australian-based Coffey Mining – now operating out of South Africa as well – has gained access to new world-class technology and expertise which will improve extraction sequencing and mine design for open pit and underground mines in Africa.

UNIQUE MODULAR PROJECT

Since introducing Jetfloat at the beginning of 2006, BET has successfully penetrated the local market for floating platforms and walkways required for applications that include mining and industrial process operations, as well as jetties and marinas for various marine, fishing and recreational purposes.

“Before we introduced Jetfloat users of floating walkways and platforms had to make do with constructions mounted on metal or plastic fuel drums, or similar improvisatory solutions,” says BET spares and services manager Paul Davies.

MDME TURNAROUND

“We are currently involved in Southern African mining projects worth some US$350 million (close to R3.5 billion), and we are completing feasibility studies which we expect to convert to contracts worth anywhere between US$700 million (R5 billion) and US$1 billion (R7 billion) in the next two to three years,” says CEO George Bennett in an exclusive interview with Mining Review Africa.

DRC COPPER GO-AHEAD

This was the decision by an independent committee established in July to review the company’s strategic options, following an unsolicited take-over bid which has since been withdrawn.

Katanga has signed the one-year loan facility with Glencore International AG (Glencore). Additionally, Katanga and Glencore have agreed to a 10-year off-take contract under which Glencore will buy 100% of annual copper and cobalt production at market terms.

R3.2 BILLION EXPANSION

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The tailings dam thickener
at Nkomat
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This follows the completion of Phase 1 of the Nkomati project, which involved commissioning at a cost of R385 million (US$55 million) of a 100 000 tpm concentrator plant with a milling capacity of 1.2Mtpa and a production rate of 5 500 tpa of nickel.

DRC SMELTER

BHP Billiton is the world’s largest diversified mining and resources company, with some 38 000 employees across 100 operations in approximately 25 countries. Its operations encompass a broad range of commodities including aluminium, energy coal, metallurgical coal, copper, manganese, iron ore, uranium, nickel, diamonds, silver and titanium minerals, oil, gas, and liquefied natural gas.

COFFEY MINING OPENS IN ZAMBIA

Jonathan Hunt
Jonathan Hunt, who heads up
Coffey Mining’s new Lusaka
office in Zambia

Coffey Mining/RSG Global has opened an office in Zambia to capitalise on the booming resources industry in the country, and to create a base for future operations in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

NEW DISCOVERIES IN ZAMBIA

Zambezi Resources Limited – the AIM-listed exploration company exploring for and developing gold, uranium and base metal resource projects in Africa – has announced the discovery of three new mineralised prospects from its exploration pipeline in southern Zambia. The new prospects have all returned excellent rock chip sampling results.

Rock chip sampling and mapping at the Mwapula prospect has outlined an area of highly anomalous copper-lead mineralisation, including 11.93% copper, 31.50% lead and 212.4 g/t silver. The mineralised zone occurs within a 600m wide quartz-veined sheared corridor which trends north-west, and has been defined by mapping over a strike length of 2.4km to date.

GREEN LIGHT FOR LIBERIAN IRON ORE PROJECT

Broker visit
A broker visit to Mano’s various
West African operations

Mano River Resources Inc. (Mano) – the Toronto and AIM-listed exploration company focused on gold, diamonds and iron ore in West Africa – has come out earlier than expected with the announcement that it will go ahead with its Putu Range iron ore project in eastern Liberia.

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