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 copper mine for Zambia

[img:Teal%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Teal’s Konkola North
Shaft in Zambia
]Livingstone, Zambia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 11 February, 2008 - Teal Exploration & Mining Incorporated - a growth-oriented mineral development and exploration company listed on the Toronto and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges – is on the point of confirming the launch of a new copper mining project in Zambia.

R2-billion iron ore project

[img:Qatar%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|A steel coil stockpile
at Qatar Steel
]Mesaieed, Qatar --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 08 February, 2008 - The Qatar Steel Company – formed in 1974 as the first integrated steel plant in the Arabian Gulf – has acquired 49.9 % interest in the Guelb el Aouj Iron Ore project in Northern Mauritania for US$ 375 million (R2.8 billion).

An announcement here reveals that the project comprises three adjacent deposits (Centre, East and West) that together represent a combined resource currently estimated at approximately 1 billion tonnes, with further hedge potentiality. Exploitation of the project is scheduled to commence in 2010 and will involve the mining and beneficiation of magnetite-quartzite ore, and initial production of 7 Mtpa, with further expansion in due course, it adds.

Load- shedding again – but not for the mines

[img:4%20Feb%20New%20Power_0.JPG|Number Nine shaft at the
Gold Fields Driefontein
mine – one of many
affected by the current
power crisis
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 4 February, 2008 - The new week is off to a promising start in terms of the power crisis which has been disrupting the mining industry for the past ten days.

Mines start moving towards normal

[img:Jan%2031%20Crisis..thumbnail.JPG|The Implats Marula mine
– one of many in the
process of returning to
full production
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 31 January, 2008 - Most of the major gold, platinum, diamond and other mines in South Africa are in the process of ramping up production in the hope that – in the event of no change in the electricity supply situation – their output would be back to normal by the end of next week.

Mincom software for Botswana copper mine

[img:jan%2030%20Mincom_0.JPG|The Mincom office
in Johannesburg
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 30 January, 2008 - London-based international mineral and exploration company African Copper plc – tri-listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the AIM and in Botswana – has selected the Mincom Ellipse enterprise asset management software system for its Mowana Mine project in Botswana, a company announcement revealed here today.

Zambian cobalt for China

[img:jan%2030%20Caledonia_0.JPG|One of the many
copper/cobalt mines in
Zambia, where Caledonia
is launching its Nama
cobalt project.
]Toronto, Canada --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 30 January, 2008 - Caledonia Mining Corporation – a Toronto-listed exploration, development and mining company with a diversified portfolio of exploration projects in Canada, South Africa and Zambia – has signed a cobalt off-take agreement with a large Chinese refiner for the supply of cobalt from its new Zambian operations.

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
DRC
] 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.

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