By Nnamdi Anyadike
A file studying the availability and insist outlook for copper throughout its key manufacturers and end-users. It offers an in depth research of most probably progress and insist developments within the machine, shipping, telecommunications and building sectors, contemplating either the possibilities and threats to copper in every one of its key applications.
- A transparent and specific research of the and its significant markets
- A survey of developments in mining, refining, processing, end-use and consumption
- Unique and marketplace forecasts
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Russia's copper reserves stand at about 20 million tonnes, and the copper reserve base is 36 million tonnes. Russia has about a 4% worldwide market share. Investments in the FSU include Samsung of South Korea's $250 million spend in the Balkhasmys smelter and refinery in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan has significant reserves of copper. Based on its level of refined copper production and exports, the country is among the world's largest copper producers and exporters. 3% in 1998. Of the copper produced in Kazakhstan in 1997 97% was exported.
Nkana has two mining zones, a concentrator and also a cobalt plant. 5 million tonnes. 28% copper that would give the mine an additional 50 years of life. At Mufulira the company was considering whether it should shut down its furnace in 12 months to rebuild it or replace it, despite its being in fairly good operational condition. According to a company source: During 2002 we will decide if we will take it off line for several months and rebuild the furnace and enlarge it to produce a good deal more than its 160000 tonnes or rather than shut it down, build a replacement furnace alongside it, using newer technology.
Output at Kipushi peaked at 143 000 tonnes of zinc and 43 000 tonnes of copper in 1988. 8% zinc. AMF has plans to build a smelter at Kipushi to produce 30 000 tonnes per year of copper and 200 000 tonnes per year of zinc. 26% cobalt. Another US company, the powder metals producer OMG, has agreed to develop the Luiswishi copper-cobalt orebody near Lubumbashi for Gecamines. The Luiswishi project has been producing 8000 tonnes per year of copper and 4000 tonnes per year of cobalt since 1998. Also in the Congo, Canada's Caledonia Mining Corp of Toronto has concluded an agreement to explore and develop the Lubembe North copper/cobalt deposit and surrounding area.
Copper. A Material for the New Millennium by Nnamdi Anyadike