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June 3, 2022updated 14 Jun 2022 12:45pm

Ten biggest producing surface mines in the Middle East and Africa in 2021

By Carmen

Here are the ten largest surface mining projects by production in the Middle East and Africa in 2021, 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 60.5Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 24.2 million tonnes of iron ore in 2021.

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 59.5Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 248.7 thousand tonnes of copper in 2021. 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 2041.

The brownfield mine produced an estimated 57.7Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 26.9 million tonnes of coal in the same year.

4. Grande Cote Project

The Grande Cote Project is a ilmenite mine located in Dakar , Senegal. Owned by Eramet, the greenfield project produced an estimated 46.6Mt of ROM in 2021.

The mine had an estimated production of 456.3 thousand tonnes of ilmenite in 2021. 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 38.1Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 33.1 million tonnes of limestone in 2021.

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 37.9Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 28 million tonnes of iron ore in 2021.

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 33.9Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 218.2 thousand tonnes of copper in 2021. The expected mine closure date is 2043.

8. Lumwana Copper Mine

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

The brownfield mine produced an estimated 30.5Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 98.9 thousand tonnes of copper 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 27.1Mt of ROM in 2021.

The mine had an estimated production of 1,119 thousand tonnes of ilmenite in 2021. The Moma Titanium Minerals Mine will operate until 2121.

10. Ergo Mine

Owned by DRDGOLD, the Ergo Mine is a gold mine situated in Gauteng, South Africa. The mine is expected to operate until 2034.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 24.4Mt of ROM in 2021. It had an estimated production of 150.4 thousand ounces of gold in 2021.

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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