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A critical analysis of zinc mine projects

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Report summary

Growing zinc demand and the loss of mine production due to closures and attrition create a requirement for new mine production capability of 4Mt/a of paid zinc (5Mt/a of zinc in concentrate) to come on stream by 2025. Against the backdrop of a global economy rife with uncertainty, coupled with a low metal price environment, the cost competitiveness of projects is paramount in order to meet the medium term requirement for new mine development. We have analysed the characteristics of zinc mine projects, to observe how they compare to currently operating mines and if they will be economically viable at forecast metal prices.

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    A critical analysis of zinc mine projects

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
    • Operating characteristics of underground zinc mines and projects, life of mine weighted average
    • Operating characteristics of open pit zinc mines and projects, life of mine weighted average
  • Conclusions

Tables and charts

This report includes 10 images and tables including:

Tables

  • A critical analysis of zinc mine projects: Table 1
  • A critical analysis of zinc mine projects: Table 2
  • Capital intensity of zinc mines and projects, life of mine weighted average by paid zinc equivalent

Images

  • 2021 C1 cash cost curve – highlighting base case and probable projects
  • Characteristics of base case zinc mine projects, life of mine average
  • Characteristics of Probable zinc mine projects, life of mine average
  • Characteristics of Possible zinc mine projects, life of mine average
  • Capital intensity of zinc mines and projects
  • Project incentive price
  • Project incentive zinc price – ranked on probable and possible projects

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