Lucara Leans on X-ray Tech for Improved Diamond Recovery

Lucara Diamond Corp. is installing more X-ray transmission (XRT) technology at its Karowe diamond mine in Botswana to process finer size fractions of diamonds. The project involves the installation of four new XRT diamond recovery units and associated conveying and screening infrastructure. The new units will target recovery of diamonds in the size range between 4 mm and 8 mm.

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Shaft Sinking Begins at Ivanhoe’s Platreef Project

Ivanhoe Mines began permanent shaft-sinking work on Shaft 1 at the Platreef platinum-group-metals, nickel, copper, and gold project in South Africa in mid-July. The shaft will have an internal diameter of 7.25 m and will provide initial access for early underground development.

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Ivanhoe Contemplates Redevelopment of DRC Zinc Mine

Ivanhoe Mines has announced a positive, independent preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for redevelopment of the Kipushi zinc-copper mine 30 km southwest of the provincial capital of Lubumbashi in southeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Nevsun Adds Zinc Concentrator at Bisha

Nevsun Resources has completed construction of the new zinc concentrator at its Bisha operations in Eritrea and began commissioning the plant in early June. The company has previously produced copper concentrates from the Bisha deposit’s copper-enriched supergene zone, which overlies a primary sulphide zone containing both zinc and copper. The new zinc flotation plant adds to existing copper flotation, and Nevsun now expects to produce both zinc and copper concentrates throughout Bisha’s currently planned nine-year mine life.

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