Copper Mining in Africa

Copper Mining in Africa

Due to its excellent conduction properties, copper is a sought-after mineral and a growing commodity in African mining. The majority of copper mining projects on the continent are in the DRC, Zambia and Namibia. There are currently ±180 copper mining projects in Africa.

Targeting business in Africa’s copper mining industry requires up-to-date, accurate mining intelligence. Africa Mining IQ (AMIQ) is Africa's largest mining intelligence portal and provides detailed, actionable mining intelligence for copper mining projects in Africa

AMIQ details Africa’s copper mining hotspots:

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How AMIQ allows you to target copper mining in Africa:

We help companies grow their business by giving them the intelligence they need to accurately target business opportunities across Africa. This includes:

  • Up-to-date project information: real-time reporting, monitoring, charting and statistical analysis on over 2 000 African mining projects
  • Essential contact details: the Africa Mining IQ portal has the key contact details (telephone and email) of mining companies, mine owners, project suppliers and project management personnel
  • Project by location or mineral targeting: with an intuitive search facility Africa Mining IQ allows you to target business according to minerals mined or location of African mining projects
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AMIQ grants you key contact info for copper mining projects in Africa:

Africa Mining IQ maintains an up-to-date and detailed contact sheet for all listed copper mining projects in Africa! Discover how AMIQ can help you!

With exclusive access to the contact details of primary contacts for mine owners, project engineers and mining suppliers, we offer you everything you need to know to grow your business in the copper mining industry.

Copper Mining hotspots in Africa

Africa has specific copper mining hotspots, and access to the detailed information on the Africa Mining IQ portal enables you to know exactly which areas to target in order to grow your business.

The Copperbelt Province in Zambia is where the country’s reserve of copper is located. These include large mining companies such as Konkola Copper Mines and Mopani Copper Mines.

One of Zambia's flagship mining projects is the Konkola Deep (#4 Shaft Project. This project is estimated to have an enterprise value of ZAR 9.9 billion. The online information portal also provides details such as project monitoring from April 2005 to March 2010 and contact information for those involved in the projects. It is a good example of how this online information portal can help to manage the tendering, planning and many other aspects related to copper mining in Zambia.

Other copper mining projects in Zambia include the Chambishi Copper Mine Smelter, the Chibuluma and Mo Leachpani mines as well as the Lumwana mine which are listed by Africa Mining IQ. A large number of additional mining projects in Zambia are also listed on this comprehensive online information portal, from development and feasibility to operation.

Other regions where copper is a large commodity on the continent are the DRC which currently has +/- 50 copper mining projects and Namibia which has a mining history that is over 400 years old.

Despite a decrease in copper mining in South Africa, the country still boasts one of the largest copper mining operations on the continent.

How is copper mined in Africa?

Various mining methods were developed specifically for copper mining in Africa. These included the development and use of trolley-assist haul truck systems in open cast mines. Methods for copper mining also began to include in-pit crushing, and computerised truck dispatching. Underground ore extraction is also a typical method of copper mining in Africa.

The beneficiation process begins at the comminution stage, where mined ore – from open cast mines or underground mines – is crushed into small particles. Particles are then separated to remove any gangue. The following steps involve the physical liberation of metal from the rock by either the hydrometallurgical liberation process or the froth flotation methods, depending on whether the ore is oxide ore, or sulphide ore, respectively. The concentrated ore is smelted for further refinement, eventually reaching purity levels of between 99% and 99.5%.

Industrial-scale copper mining in Africa goes back as far as 1966, when the Palabora Mining Company opened the first open-cast copper mine in South Africa, known as the Palabora Copper Mine. This mine is iconic for copper mining in Africa, as it is one of the largest and the deepest open cast mines in the world.

Make informed decisions with AMIQ

Africa Mining IQ is Africa’s largest online portal for mining intelligence, granting you exclusive access to the biggest mining companies and mining projects in Africa.

The online information portal not only contains detailed information on ± 2 000 African mining project and also provides researched and verified monthly reports on mineral, regional and project phase growth that spans the entire continent.

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