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.

KCM grinds to a halt

[img:jan24%20KCM_0.JPG|Aerial view of KCM’s
Konkola Deep site
at Shaft Four.
]Chingola, Zambia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 24 January, 2008 - South Africa is by no means the only country with a power crisis – power failures in Zambia have disrupted the country’s copper mining operations. Production has been suspended at various mines to avoid endangering miners’ lives and damaging underground equipment.

First Quantum shows 25% production increase in 2007

[img:jan24%20Fir_0.JPG|First Quantum’s Bwana
Mkubwa sulphuric acid
plants with storage tanks
in the foreground.
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- January 23, 2008 - First Quantum Minerals Limited (FQM) – a growing mining and metals company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the AIM in London – has achieved a production increase of almost 25% in its central African operations.

Katanga assumes control of merged company

[img:Jan%2023%20Katanga_0.JPG|Nikanor waste crusher
and conveyer in
the DRC
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- January 23, 2008 - Katanga Mining Limited this week assumed complete management and financial control of the new Katanga Mining – the company that has resulted from its merger with Nikanor plc, says a news release published here today.

The merger has brought about a company with a combined market capitalisation of around US$$3.3 billion (close to R25 billion). It brings together the adjacent properties in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) owned by Katanga and Nikanor to create a major single-site operation.  

Record DRC production for Anvil Mining

[img:23%20Jan%20Anvil._0.JPG|The open pit at
Anvil’s Dikulushi Mine,
Katanga province
] Montreal, Canada --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- January 23, 2008 - Anvil Mining Limited – listed on the Toronto and Australian stock exchanges and a leading copper producer in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – has registered record consolidated production of both copper and silver in the central African country in 2007.

Power crisis meeting today

[img:Power%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Internal view
Mozal smelter
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 21 January, 2008 - South Africa's state-owned power utility, Eskom Holdings Ltd., will be meeting with major electricity consumers today to discuss the way forward in the light of the country’s worst ever power crisis.

Eskom chief executive Jacob Maroga will be facing top executives of his company’s top 150 power users. This includes such mining giants as BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Xstrata, Sasol, and Richards Bay Minerals.

Today’s meeting comes in the wake of a week in which “most areas of the nation were without power for between 2.5 hours and 5 hours for a fifth day as the gap between supply and demand doubled to 3 000 megawatts from yesterday”, Eskom said on its website on Friday.

Production on the way up

[img:17%20jan%20World%20copper_0.JPG|Workers stack
copper coming off
the line at Zambian
processing facility]
Lisbon, Portugal --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- January 16, 2008 - Global copper mining production capacity in the four-year period from 2007 to 2011 is expected to increase by 30% to an annual total of 22 million tonnes.

So says the International Copper Study Group (ICSG), an inter-governmental organisation that serves to increase copper market transparency and promote international discussions and cooperation on issues related to copper.

Fatal Zimbabwe furnace eruption

[img:17%20jan%20Zimasco_0.JPG|The smelter,Selous
Metallurgical Complex
(SMC), Zimbabwe
]Kwekwe, Zimbabwe --- MININGREVIEW --- 18 January, 2008 - Zimbabwe’s biggest ferro-chrome producer – the Zimbabwe Mining and Smelting Company (Zimasco) – has announced a fatal accident at its plant in the central town of Kwekwe.

Bloomberg News reported today that an announcement by the company here said a worker  had been injured and later died after a furnace eruption in the plant.


These are the main findings published in the PricewaterhouseCoopers report “Mine — Riding the Wave” — a review of global trends this year in the mining industry. The annual study is now in its fourth year, and provides a comprehensive analysis of the financial performance and position of the global mining industry. It looks at 40 of the world’s largest mining companies representing over 80% of the global industry by market capitalisation, and also discusses the current global trends affecting the sector.


The rights to the Galvanox technology — awarded by the University of British Columbia (UBC) – will enable Bateman Engineering to market this technology exclusively in about 20 countries. In addition, Oxiana Limited has granted the company exclusive rights to sublicense the leach process used at the award-winning Sepon copper project in Laos to other potential users in about 15 high-priority target countries.


A R10-million (US$1.4 million) export order to Dubai has been secured by bulk materials handling and minerals processing specialist Osborn Engineered Products SA (Pty) Limited.

Based in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg, Osborn Engineered Products is a leading manufacturer of bulk materials handling equipment, and a specialist turnkey materials handling contractor for mobile and fixed crushing and screening plants and conveyor systems.

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