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Outokumpu Lead and Zinc Mine – Tara – Eire

Producer of

Lead and zinc


Navan, central Ireland


Boliden AB (100%)

Geology type

Carboniferous limestone-hosted stratabound sulphides

Mineral type

Sphalerite, galena

Reserve base

15.7Mt grading approx. 9.0% Zn and 2.0% Pb (proven and probable)

Annual production

2.5Mt ore yielding 195,800t of zinc and 26,600t of lead (2005)

Mining method

Underground trackless, cut-and-fill, open stoping and room-and-pillar mining

Processing method

Crushing, rod and ball milling, flotation




Sandvik loaders and trucks

Atlas Copco mining equipment

Normet utility vehicles

Motorola mine communications system


Mostly supplied by Outokumpu

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