Speciality Minerals

Speciality Minerals include rare earth elements, or rare earths, (including lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, and lutetium), fluorspar, phosphate, potash, graphite, lithium, mineral sands (including titatinum, ilmenite, zircon, leucoxene, and rutile)

US$500 million bauxite mine for Guinea- Bissau

[img:Bissau_0.jpg|Bissau – the capital of
Guinea-Bissau, where
a giant new bauxite
mine is to be
developed
]Bissau, Guinea-Bissau --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 30 June 2008 - Angola is developing a US$500 million (R4 billion) project to mine 3 million tonnes of bauxite a year in Guinea-Bissau in a regional investment foray by sub-Saharan Africa's No. 2 oil producer.

New marine phosphate sampling project in Namibia

[img:Bonaparte%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|One of Bonaparte’s
vessels which engage
in marine exploration
]Perth, Australia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 18 June 2008  - Bonaparte Diamond Mines NL – an Australian-based and listed company that conducts marine exploration in southern Africa and Australia – is to commence sampling operations over the phosphatic seabed sediments in its 1 000 squ km Meob project area off the Namibian coast.

Rio Tinto to invest US$371m in driverless train

[img:Tom%20Albanese_0.jpg|Tom Albanese,
CEO,
Rio Tinto
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 17 June 2008 - Following successful trials, leading international mining group Rio Tinto is to invest US$371 million (R2.9 billion) to automate its iron ore railway in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

A company media release issued here said that within five years driverless trains would be operating on most of the 1 300km of track that serves the Pilbara operations, helping Rio Tinto meet its goal of expanding annual iron ore production to 320 million tonnes in 2012.

US$100m savings at Abu Dabbab tantalum project

London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 17 June 2008 - Gippsland Limited – an Australian-based company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and the AIM – is introducing significant cost-saving changes to its 40 million tonne Abu Dabbab tantalum-tin project in Egypt, which is expected to become a major supplier to the international tantalum industry.

A project update released here revealed that re-location of the plant site to within 1km of the open pit mine, plus the use of seawater, would result in operating cost savings of US$5 million (R38 million) a year over the 20-year life of the mine.

US$100m savings at Abu Dabbab tantalum project

[img:Gippsland%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Aerial view of
Gippsland’s Abu Dabbab
tantalum deposit in
Egypt
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 17 June 2008 - Gippsland Limited – an Australian-based company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and the AIM – is introducing significant cost-saving changes to its 40 million tonne Abu Dabbab tantalum-tin project in Egypt, which is expected to become a major supplier to the international tantalum industry.

Rio Tinto suspends work on Coega smelter project

[img:Rio1%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The Alma works in
Canada – one of Rio
Tinto’s 26 smelters
around the world
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 30 May 2008 - The Rio Tinto Group – second-largest aluminium producer in the world – has suspended work on its US$2.7 billion (R20 billion) Coega smelter project in South Africa, following failure by the country’s state-run utility Eskom Holdings Limited to guarantee power for the plant.

Power crisis affects IFM ferrochrome production

[img:IFM%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The IFM ferrochrome
project site is
situated on the
western limb of
the Bushveld complex
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 19 May 2008 - International Ferro Metals (IFM) – an integrated ferrochrome producer listed on the London Stock Exchange and headquartered in Sydney – has achieved a strong financial and operating performance in the first quarter of 2008, despite the national power crisis and water problems.

Rio Tinto may build aluminium plant in SA

[img:Rio%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|One of Rio Tinto’s
overseas aluminium
operations
]Cape Town, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 16 May 2008 - The Rio Tinto Group – the second-largest aluminium producer in the world – says it may still build a US$2.7 billion (R20 billion) plant in South Africa despite the national power crisis which has led to decreased production in the country’s mining industry

Russian giant looks at Africa

[img:Rusal%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Interior shot at the
Mozal aluminium smelter
in Mozambique
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 06 May 2008 - The Russian aluminium giant United Co. Rusal plans to expand its operations in Africa, in the wake of reviving a smelter in Nigeria, reports Bloomberg News.

The news agency quotes the Financial Times (FT) citing an interview with Rusal director of corporate strategy Artem Volynets. He is reported to have told the FT that Rusal was seeking sites for additional smelters, and places to mine bauxite, the principal ore used to make aluminium.

India may build aluminium plant in SA

[img:Tata%20-%20Pic%201_0.gif|A National
Aluminium Company
smelter in India
]New Delhi, India --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 05 May 2008 - India’s second-biggest producer of aluminium – National Aluminium Company (Nalco) – is exploring the possibility of building a US$3 billion (R23 billion) aluminium plant in South Africa.

Confirming this in an interview here with Bloomberg News, Nalco chairman C.R. Pradhan said: “We are looking for a partner and talking to several companies, including the Tata Group. We hope to finalise a partner soon,” he added.

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