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    Lundi 3 Janvier 2011 -- En 2011, le gouvernement a décidé d’octroyer une enveloppe de 800 millions de dinars à l’organisme de recherche géologique et minière pour reprendre notamment l’exploration aurifère pour le compte de l’Etat, a indiqué ce lundi 3 janvier, Youcef Yousfi, ministre de l’Energie et des mines, invité de la Chaîne III de la radio nationale. L’Algérie est classée à la 22e position mondiale en termes de potentiel en or. M. Yousfi a indiqué que le gouvernement algérien demande aux exploitants des mines de respecter leurs engagements. «La loi prévoit des sanctions et des avertissements et on peut aller jusqu’au retrait du permis d’exploiter. Pour le moment, on n’en est pas là», a-t-il dit.

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    Mardi 15 Février 2011 -- Cinq entreprises publiques vont s'unir pour devenir le premier groupe minier du pays, Manadjim El Djazaïr, après sa récente approbation par le conseil des ministres, a rapporté ce mardi l'agence APS. Ce groupe, qui comprendra les sociétés Ferphos, Eng, Enof, Enasel et Enamarbre, selon le ministère de l'Energie et des Mines, totalisera un capital social de près de 5 milliards de dinars. Les cinq sociétés, qui relevaient auparavant du portefeuille de la Société de gestion des participations de l'Etat des mines (SGP-Somines) opèrent particulièrement dans des activités liées à l'extraction de produits miniers et les matériaux de construction, selon une source du ministère. Dotée d'un capital social détenu par l'Etat "imprescriptible et inaliénable", la nouvelle entité devra contribuer à l'intensification de la prospection et l'exploitation des richesse minières de l'Algérie, permettant de promouvoir les exportations hors hydrocarbures, selon la même source. La politique de regroupement des entreprises qui a débuté avec Sonatrach, Sonelgaz et Gica (ciment) doit renforcer les entreprises algériennes et créer une nouvelle synergies, selon des observateurs cités par l'APS. Outre ces cinq sociétés, la SGP-Somines gérait deux autres entreprises à savoir Asmidal (fertilisants) et Moubydal (insecticides).

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    April 13, 2011 -- Terramin Australia will decide whether or not to go ahead with its $589 million Algerian zinc and lead mining project in May, the company said. Terramin said its executive chairman Kevin Moriarty had been in Algeria during the past week, meeting with the Algerian Government joint venture partners in the project. "During the meetings, the government joint venture partner indicated that the review by its consultants of the definitive feasibility study (DFS) would be concluded by the end of April," Terramin said. "They have requested some additional information to complete the report, and Terramin will provide immediate access to its consultants. Both parties agreed to meet in early May to consider a decision to mine."

    If it is developed, the Tala Hamza project on the Algerian coast would be among the six largest zinc mines in the world. Terramin has so far estimated it would take 57 months to build, meaning it would not be in production until late 2015, however Dr Moriarty has said he is confident this time line can be tightened considerably. The mine is expected to produce 164,000 tonnes of zinc and 36,000 tonnes of lead per year, for 12 years. The Tala Hamza project is 65 per cent owned by Terramin, with the remaining stake held by two Algerian state-owned companies. Terramin's annual report, released earlier this week, showed Dr Moriarty received $508,420 in remuneration last year. Greg Cochran, who served as chief executive for less than seven months, was paid $476,661, including a $218,000 termination benefit.

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    MONTREAL, April 13, 2011 -- Cancor Mines is pleased to provide an update on the exploration of Tirek North, one of its four gold properties in Algeria. Exploration activities on the Kiouene gold field continue to demonstrate the potential for a large volume of mineralized material, as many grains of visible gold have been observed on small outcrops between the known veins. The presence of visible gold in these previously unexplored areas suggests that significant gold mineralization in certain areas may be much more extensive than was previously understood. The known veins on the Kiouene gold field, which are located 100 to 300 meters apart, have been the focus of all previous exploration work. In the current program, in order to test the potential between the known veins, several trenches and major cuts have been completed between the known veins. As a result of this work, outcrops containing vein-type material with visible gold grains have been observed and identified in several locations. These findings confirm that the auriferous environment is not limited to the known veins but is much more extensive and appears to offer exceptional potential for open pit mining.

    Under the current program on the Tirek North property, in addition to geological mapping being completed, 90 trenches have been opened up or newly dug; some 1,049 samples have been collected by channel and grab sampling; and nine major cuts ranging between 200 and 700 meters were completed, two by mechanical shovel, the others by manual digging. Many visible gold grains were also observed in the trenches. All known goldfields and veins on Tirek North have been visited and sampled. These samples are being analyzed by OMAC Laboratories in Ireland. Cancor expects to receive the test results shortly. Mr. Jacques Marchand, independent geological engineer and qualified person as defined in NI 43-101, has overseen the exploration program. Mr. Marchand established the sampling procedures, and he will publish a compliant report on the Tirek North property toward the end of June 2011. This report will define the subsequent work program and surveys planned for the fall of 2011 and winter of 2012.

    The Tirek North licence covers an area of 98,990 hectares (989 km2). The perimeter of Tirek North is on the eastern edge of the In Ouzzal mole, which consists of a band of mylonites between 300 and 3,000 metres thick corresponding to a major tectonic deformation rift. This tectonic zone controls the emplacement of numerous vein-type gold showings, including the two gold deposits at Tirek and Amessmessa, located 17 and 70 km south of the southern boundary of the licence respectively. The Amessmessa deposit is currently in production. The gold-bearing veins are grouped together into eight vein-type gold fields within the boundaries of the Tirek North licence. From south to north, these are the Kheima showing, the gold fields known as Zone 12, Zone 13, and Zone 17, the Syenite showing, the Kiouene gold field, the South Site, and gold field Number Three.

    The Kiouene gold field, the most important one, had been prospected by Algerian and Russian teams and more than 400 trenches were completed. The field was found to contain 80 veins, 45 of which are auriferous. This gold field extends for over 7000 m in length and 2000 m in width. Based on historical data the 6 richest portions have thicknesses ranging from 0.6 to 1.5 m, lengths ranging from 40 to 320 m, and mean grades of the samples vary between 5.4 and 9.6 g/t Au. In addition, a strong geochemical anomaly suggests the presence of blind veins under a shallow overburden. Cancor holds a 100% interest in the North Tirek property through a prospection license acquired in 2008. The North Tirek property straddles a major fault associated with numerous extensive surface and near-surface gold showings which appear to offer exceptional potential for open pit mining.

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    Follow up on the exploration program is carried out by Cancor employees under the supervision of Mr. Jacques Marchand, engineer, independent geologist and qualified person (as defined by National Instrument 43-101) with more than 35 years of experience in exploration. Mr. A. Chaouche, an Algerian consulting geologist, accredited by the Algerian Ministry of Energy and Mines and working in close collaboration with Mr. Marchand, is in charge of the channel sampling process including the preparation and transport of the samples to OMAC Laboratories in Ireland, an internationally accredited laboratory.

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    ALGIERS, April 29, 2011 (AFP) -- Algeria's output of crude oil and natural gas fell by 3.9 percent last year, the National Office of Statistics (ONS) announced Friday. Nevertheless the ONS said the energy sector put in a "good performance" with 5.6 growth overall, mainly due to 25.4 percent jump in refining of crude oil. Production of liquefied natural gas dropped by 12 percent, the ONS said in a report on industrial production. The mining and quarries sectors also declined, by 3.3 percent, mainly due to a fall in the production of raw stone, clay and sand and salt. The fall was also triggered by a 27 percent drop in the production of iron ore. By contrast, the extraction of phosphates and minerals grew by 43 percent and 11.9 percent respectively, after declines of 40.9 percent and 32.4 percent the previous year. Overall, industrial output in the national public sector fell by 2.6 percent in 2010. Besides energy, the wood and paper sector bucked the trend with a 14.8 percent gain.

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    Jeudi 19 Mai 2011 -- Le ministre de l'Energie et des Mines a annoncé jeudi à Alger la création d'une commission de suivi, chargée d'assainir le secteur des Mines, dont plusieurs entreprises publiques font face actuellement à des problèmes de gestion. "Plusieurs entreprises du secteur minier font face à d'énormes problèmes, (et) nous avons créé une commission pour étudier leur situation au cas par cas", a déclaré Youcef Yousfi au cours d'une session du Conseil de la Nation consacrée aux questions orales. "Nous allons remédier à cette situation pour donner une impulsion à ce secteur", a-t-il ajouté en réponse à un sénateur qui l'interpellait sur le cas de l'entreprise Ferphos, dont la production de phosphate s'est drastiquement réduite ces dernières années.

    Selon ce sénateur, "Ferphos fait face actuellement à une mauvaise gestion, à du favoritisme dans l'octroi des postes responsabilités, à une marginalisation des cadres scientifiques et à un recours accru à la sous-traitance privée". Cette situation s'est traduite par une baisse de la production, qui s'est établie en 2010 à 1,5 million de tonnes de phosphate, après avoir enregistré 2,5 tonnes en 2007, selon le même sénateur qui a appelé le ministre à dépêcher une commission d'enquête sur le site pour s'enquérir de la situation de la plus importante entreprise minière Algérienne.

    Pour rappel, fin 2010, le ministre avait annoncé, lors d'une rencontre nationale qui a rassemblé les directeurs de l'énergie et des mines (DEM) des 48 wilayas, de nouvelles mesures pour assainir le secteur des mines, "qui accuse un retard considérable", en indiquant que son département allait mener une lutte sans merci contre l'exploitation illicite des carrières et des sablières. Le ministre avait alors déploré également la manière dont sont exploitées certaines mines algériennes par des opérateurs étrangers. Selon Youcef Yousfi, l'Etat a dégagé une enveloppe financière de 800 millions de DA pour encourager la recherche minière, et compte modifier la loi y afférente pour lui permettre de contribuer à cette recherche.

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