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Congo delays copper concentrate export ban until year-end

Democratic Republic of Congo has delayed until year-end a ban on exports of copper and cobalt concentrates designed to encourage miners to refine the red metal within its borders, a senior Mining Ministry official said last week. Several emerging resource-rich nations have sought to discourage export of concentrates – the …

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Tiger smashes production records at Kipoi

Tiger Resources Ltd said it produced a record 4,422t of copper concentrate in June from its Kipoi copper mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The output is 47% above the plant’s nameplate capacity and 10% higher than the previous monthly record of 4,007t achieved in March, Tiger said. …

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Tanzania revises up coal reserves to as much as 5bn tonnes

Tanzania has coal reserves of up to five-billion tonnes, more than thrice its previously stated figure of about 1.5-billion tonnes, Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo said on Wednesday. Tanzania produces coal from two mines mainly for domestic use, such as power generation. It has plans to increase its coal-fired …

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Botswana advised to turn focus to power generation not exports

JOHANNESBURG  – Given Botswana’s vast coal reserves, which were estimated at 200-billion tons, the country’s coal mining industry should seek to encourage investment and drive expansion in power generation, rather than ramping up its thermal coal exports over the next few years, research firm Frost & Sullivan mining, manufacturing and …

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