Ten biggest producing surface mines in the Middle East and Africa in 2020
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Ten biggest producing surface mines in the Middle East and Africa in 2020

By Carmen 08 Sep 2021

Here are the ten largest surface mining projects by production in the Middle East and Africa in 2020, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

1. GolGohar Iron Ore Mine

The GolGohar Iron Ore Mine is an iron ore mining project in Kerman, Iran. The greenfield project is owned by Golgohar Mining & Industrial. The mine produced an estimated 60.423Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 24.169 mtpa of iron ore in 2020.

2. Sentinel Copper Mine

The Sentinel Copper Mine is a copper mine owned by First Quantum Minerals. Located in North-Western, Zambia, the greenfield mine produced approximately 60.098Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 251.216 thousand tonnes of copper in 2020. The expected mine closure date is 2034.

3. Grootegeluk Mine

Located in Limpopo, South Africa, the Grootegeluk Mine is a coal mining project owned by Exxaro Resources. The mine is expected to operate until 2040.

The brownfield mine produced an estimated 54.383Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 28.864 mtpa of coal in the same year.

4. Grande Cote Project

The Grande Cote Project is a zircon mine located in Dakar , Senegal. Owned by Eramet, the greenfield project produced an estimated 46.747Mt of ROM in 2020.

The mine had an estimated production of 59 thousand tonnes of zircon in 2020. The Grande Cote Project will operate until 2045.

5. Khor Khuwair Limestone Quarry

Owned by Ras Al Khaimah Government, the Khor Khuwair Limestone Quarry is a limestone mine situated in Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 38.112Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 33.146 mtpa of limestone in 2020.

6. Sishen Mine

The Sishen Mine is an iron ore mining project in Northern Cape, South Africa. The brownfield project is owned by Anglo American Plc and is due to operate until 2039. The mine produced an estimated 36.22Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 25.353 mtpa of iron ore in 2020.

7. Kansanshi Mine

The Kansanshi Mine is a copper mine owned by First Quantum Minerals. Located in North-Western, Zambia, the brownfield mine produced approximately 34.423Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 221.487 thousand tonnes of copper in 2020. The expected mine closure date is 2044.

8. AGA Surface Operations

Located in North West, South Africa, the AGA Surface Operations is a gold mining project owned by Harmony Gold Mining.

The brownfield mine produced an estimated 32.441Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 107 thousand ounces of gold in the same year.

9. Moma Titanium Minerals Mine

The Moma Titanium Minerals Mine is a ilmenite mine located in Nampula, Mozambique. Owned by Kenmare Resources Plc, the greenfield project produced an estimated 27.19Mt of ROM in 2020.

The mine had an estimated production of 0.756 mtpa of ilmenite in 2020. The Moma Titanium Minerals Mine will operate until 2039.

10. Lumwana Copper Mine

Owned by Barrick Gold, the Lumwana Copper Mine is a copper mine situated in North-Western, Zambia. The mine is expected to operate until 2048.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 26.88Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 125.191 thousand tonnes of copper in 2020.

Methodology:
This information is drawn from GlobalData’s mines and projects database, which tracks all operating and developing mines and projects globally. Verdict’s parent company GlobalData provides business information to 4,000 of the world’s largest companies.

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