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Skorpion Zinc Mine

Location

Southwest Namibia

Ownership

Anglo American Base Metals 100% via local subsidiaries

Geology

Zinc carbonate and silicate orebody

Mineral types

Hemimorphite, hydrozincite, smithsonite

Reserves

21.6Mt at 10.6% Zn

Production

150,000t/yr SHG zinc ingot (design capacity), 132,800t SGH zinc (2004)

Mining

Open pit, shovel-and-truck

Processing

Crushing, grinding, leaching, neutralisation, solvent extraction, electrowinning, melting / casting

Employment

500 long-term

Open pit

Ingersoll-Rand blasthole drill, Caterpillar excavators and haul trucks

Zinc recovery

Bateman / Schade covered storage dome

Contractors

Bateman Engineering, SMC Lavelin
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