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Campo Morado, Mexico

The Campo Morado mine is located in Guerrero State, Mexico. The area comprises 12,000 hectares in six mining concessions that are some 160 kilometers south-southwest of Mexico City. The mineral deposit currently being mined is the G-9 deposit, which achieved commercial production in April 2009 and comprises high grade zinc, copper, lead, gold and silver. In addition to the G-9 Mine, there are four additional ore bodies that have been delineated as JORC compliant resources (Reforma, El Largo, El Rey and Naranjo).

Key facts

Location
Campo Morado, Mexico
Mine Type
underground multi-metal mine
Products

zinc concentrate, copper concentrate,
silver and gold as by-products

Employees
380 

Production 2013
25,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate
4,900 tonnes of copper in concentrate
11,700 troy ounces of gold in concentrate
1,156,000 troy ounces of silver in concentrate

Contonga and Pucarrajo, Peru

The Contonga and Pucarrajo mines comprise approximately 4,900 hectares of mining concessions, located 500 kilometres north of Lima in the Ancash region, which is well known for its significant zinc, lead, silver, gold and copper deposits. The Contonga mine is an underground multimetallic mine with more than 25 years of operating history. The mine is currently processing approximately 990 tonnes of ore per day. The mine is located approximately 470 kilometers of Lima, Peru.
 The Pucarrajo mine had been in operation for more than 30 years before it was put on care and maintenance in 2008 due to weak metal prices. The ramp-up of this mine to commercial production is continuing to be assessed against other internal and external growth opportunities. The Contonga and Pucarrajo mines are managed in conjunction with the Coricancha mine by a single experienced management team, utilising the shared services of Nyrstar’s Lima office.

Key facts

Mine Type
Contonga:
underground multi-metal mine
Pucarrajo:
underground multi-metal mine
Products
Contonga:
zinc concentrate, lead concentrate, copper concentrate
Pucarrajo:
zinc concentrate, lead concentrate
Employees
Contonga: 447

Production 2013
Contonga:
13,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate
300 tonnes of lead in concentrate
2,600 tonnes of copper in concentrate
306,000 troy ounces of silver,000 troy ounces of silver
Pucarrajo:
no production

Coricancha, Peru

The Coricancha mine is an underground poly-metallic mine with more than 60 years of operating history, which comprises a 600-tonne per day ore processing facility, underground mine and reserves and resources containing gold, silver, zinc, lead and copper. The mine has three main product streams, comprising gold/silver dore, zinc concentrate (suitable for treatment at Nyrstar’s European and Hobart smelters) and lead concentrate high in precious metals (suitable for treatment at Nyrstar’s Port Pirie smelter). The Coricancha mine is managed in conjunction with the Contonga and Pucarrajo mines by a single experienced management team, utilizing the shared services of Nyrstar’s Lima office. The Coricancha mine is located (approximately) 90 kilometres east of Lima, Peru in close proximity to a number of other significant mining operations and exploration properties.

Key facts

Mine type
underground multi-metal mine
Products
gold/silver dore, lead concentrate, zinc concentrate, copper concentrate
Employees
597

Production 2013
2,600 troy ounces of gold
164,000 troy ounces of silver in concentrate,000 troy ounces of silver in concentrate
1,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate
200 tonnes of lead in concentrate
100 tonnes of copper in concentrate00 tonnes of copper in concentrate


 

El Mochito, Honduras

The El Mochito mine is located in north-west Honduras near the town of Las Vegas in the Department of Santa Barbara. The El Mochito mine has been in operation since 1948 and has a long history of reserve replacement and promising exploration potential.

Key facts

Location
Northwest Honduras, Central America
Mine Type
underground multi-metal mine
Products
zinc concentrate, lead concentrate, silver as a by-product
Employees
839
Production 2013
25,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate
11,600 tonnes of lead in concentrate
1,637,000 troy ounces of silver

El Toqui, Chile

The El Toqui mine is located 1,350 kilometres south of Santiago, Chile and 120 kilometres northeast of Coyhaique in a region with a well-known history of poly-metallic mineralisation. The El Toqui mine has been in operation since 1983 and has a long history of reserve replacement and promising exploration potential.

Key facts

Location
Chile, South America
Mine type
underground multi-metal mine
Products
zinc concentrate, lead concentrate, gold and silver as by-products
Employees
417
Production 2013
23,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate
1,200 tonnes of lead in concentrate
41,300 troy ounces of gold in concentrate
141,000 troy ounces of silver in concentrate

Langlois, Canada

 

Langlois mine is located in Bay James Territories, in northwest Québec, approximately 50 kilometres north east of the town of Lebel-Sur-Quévillon. The mine dates back to 1994 when Cambior was the owner.

Nyrstar acquired the mine in August of 2011 and completed a successful ramp-up reaching commercial production in H1 2012..
The LOM of the Langlois mine is currently of about 10 years with promising exploration opportunities which could extend this by another 5 years.

 

Key facts

Location
Northwest Québec, Canada
Mine type
underground multi-metal mine
Products
zinc concentrate, copper concentrate, silver as a by-product
Employees
265

Production 2013
36,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate
2,000 tonnes of copper in concentrate
1,800 troy ounces of gold in concentrate
524,000 troy ounces of silver in concentrate

Myra Falls, Canada

The Myra Falls mine is located in a provincial park in central Vancouver Island and linked by a 90 kilometre asphalt road to the port of Campbell River. The Myra Falls mine has been in operation since 1966 and has a long history of reserve replacement and promising exploration potential.

Key facts

Location
British Columbia, Canada
Mine type
underground multi-metal mine
Products
zinc concentrate, copper concentrate, lead concentrate, silver and gold as by-products
Employees
345
Production 2013
27,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate
3,300 tonnes of copper in concentrate
900 tonnes of lead in concentrate
17,800 troy ounces of gold in concentrate
818,000 troy ounces of silver in concentrate

Talvivaara, Finland (Streaming Agreement)



 

Nyrstar has an agreement with the Talvivaara Mining Company to receive 100 per cent of its zinc in concentrate production until a total of 1.25 million tonnes has been reached. The Talvivaara Mining Company Plc. is a base metals producer with its primary focus on nickel and zinc. The company’s main asset is the nickel mine in Sotkamo, Finland.
The two poly-metallic deposits – Kuusilampi and Kolmisoppi – comprise one of the largest known sulphide nickel resources in Europe. The 642 million tonnes of ore, in measured and indicated categories, are estimated to be sufficient to support anticipated production levels for more than 60 years. Production at the mine started in October 2008 with the precipitation of the first metal sulphides. The Talvivaara Mining Company Plc. is currently ramping-up their planned nickel production to 50,000 tonnes per annum (tpa), with by-products of approximately 90,000 tpa of zinc in concentrate, 15,000 tpa of copper in concentrate, and 1,800 tpa of cobalt.
Talvivaara will deliver 100% of its zinc concentrate production to Nyrstar until the 1.25 million tonnes of zinc in concentrate has been delivered (equivalent to approximately 2 million tonnes of zinc concentrate at a grade of 65%). In addition to the US$335 million purchase price, Nyrstar will pay Talvivaara an extraction and processing fee of €350 per tonne of zinc in concentrate delivered (with escalators in relation to the price of elemental sulphur and propane), as well as the following price participation:
- until the later of the seventh anniversary of the agreement (January 2017) or
  delivery of 600,000 MT of zinc in concentrate, Nyrstar will pay to Talvivaara 10% 
  of the zinc price exceeding US$2500 per tonne (up to US$3000 per tonne), and 
  30% of the zinc price exceeding US$3000 per tonne; and
- thereafter, Nyrstar will pay to Talvivaara 30% of the excess of the zinc price 
  above the €350 per tonne processing fee.

Key facts

Mine Type
open pit multi-metal mine, with bio-heap leaching technology

Products
nickel-cobalt concentrate, zinc concentrate, copper concentrate
Streaming Agreement
1.25 million tonnes of zinc in concentrate
Deliveries (to Nyrstar) 2013
14,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate

Tennessee Mines, USA

NTM was officially formed in December 2009 when the operations at Middle Tennessee (MTN) and East Tennessee (ETN) were consolidated. The MTN operations consist of three underground zinc mines; Gordonsville, Elmwood and Cumberland and a processing plant, all located in Smith County, Tennessee. The ETN complex consists of a mill and three underground zinc mines; Young, Coy and Immel. The mines are located in and around Knox, Jefferson and Grainger counties.

Key facts

Location
Tennessee, USA
Mine type
underground zinc mines
Products
zinc concentrate
Employees
902 
Production 2013
121,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate