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    Exploration / exploitation of mines in Algeria

    Iron ore production in Algeria amounted to 1.667.155 tons during 2005 of which 1.321.333 tons were produced by Mittal Steel company which owns 70% of Al Wenza and Bou Khadra mines privatized in 2001. These two mines are of the first mines exploited in Algeria since 1924 and 1927, but the remaining part of iron ore production, which is estimated by 345.822 tons, is produced by SOMIFAR company belonging to Ferphos Group, belong to Societe de Gestion Participation Mines (SOMINES) controlling mining activities in Algeria.

    Development of production of iron ore during the years 2002 – 2005 reveals a continuous growing of iron ore production to meet the growing consumption of both steel and cement industries, in addition to opening some of the small mines. The rise of the production of both Al Wenza and Bou Khadra mines in the period 2002 – 2005 amounted to 25%. Production rose from 1.056.584 tons up to 1.321.333 tons. During the same period SOMIFAR production rose by 39%. Its production rose from 245 thousand tons in 2002 up to 346 thousand tons in 2005.

    Algeria: Iron ore production amounted to 1.667.155 tons during 2005

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    Chinese companies express interest in Gara Djebilet iron-ore

    Chinese companies have shown an important interest concerning the exploitation, by processes which will be defined later, of the iron ore of Gara Djebilet situated between Tindouf and Bechar, which is considered as the most important iron ore of Algeria.

    It is expected that Chinese delegations will make visits in Algeria in order to underpin negotiations relating to the deepening of cooperation and partnership in the field of energy and mines that took place during the visit of Chakib Khalil to China where he discussed the participation of Chinese companies in petrochemical projects and the exploitation of uranium mines and the mine of Gara Djebilet.

    The primary interest of the Chinese companies is in the mine of Gara Djebilet and secondly in the mine of Mechri Abdelaziz close to it, considering the reserves provided and the possibility to export a part towards Europe or other countries, in addition to the possibility of exploiting it to support the Chinese industry later.

    The Algerian delegation headed by the Energy and Mines minister, Chakib Khalil, in a visit which has lasted one week, noticed a big interest in the project, especially since Algerian authorities announced a tender concerning the exploitation of two mines situated in the East South of Tindouf. The region possesses a reserve which exceeds 3 billions of tonnes of steel of which 1.7 billions of tonnes is at Gara Djebilet with a rate of steel reaching 700 millions of tonnes with a steel rate of 52.4%.

    The Chinese interest follows on from the announcement made by Brazilian companies, in the end of 2005, of the sending of experts from the company “Campania Val De Rio Dotsi” to examine the mines of Gara Djebilet and Mechri Abdelaziz. The experts have visited the sites accompanied with representatives of the group “Vervos”.

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    Exploration / exploitation of mines in Algeria

    Australian junior mining companies on the lookout for a prospective new mine might consider examining opportunities in Algeria, which is opening the door to foreign investment in its fledgling resource industry.

    Algeria is better known for its oil and gas industry, which is thriving due to soaring oil prices.

    But the government is now keen to kick start the development of its minerals sector.

    Two Australian companies have already locked in opportunities in the north African country, with Great Mines of Algeria producing from the Tirek gold mine and Australian Stock Exchange listed Terramin Australia Ltd rapidly advancing its Oued Amizour zinc mine.

    Algeria's National Agency of Mining Patrimony (ANPM), which operates as the one stop shop for potential explorers, is actively spruiking* the potential of its under explored natural resources.

    ANPM president Abdelkader Benyoub said his department, part of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, planned an international tender of 15 potential mining areas in the next month.

    Each of the areas ranges in size between 1,000 and 2,500 square kilometres, with a limited amount of geophysical data already completed.

    "They are not purely unexplored land," Mr Benyoub told AAP through a translator.

    He said the target areas would be suitable to any company, big or small.

    "We don't see many companies interested in the mining industry," he said.

    "The junior companies that come here and do exploration can attract the big companies."

    Mr Benyoub is optimistic about the future of the industry but says much depends on the geology of the land being proven.

    Some big miners have already expressed interest in one deposit in particular - an iron ore project that is not included in the upcoming tender.

    Mr Benyoub said Rio Tinto Ltd, Brazil's CVRD and an unnamed Chinese group had shown interest in the deposit, which has a resource of between two to three billion tonnes or ore.

    The Algerian government is also offering attractive conditions to new explorers, such as tax breaks.

    "Algeria's government is going to do whatever it takes to make foreign companies interested," Mr Benyoub said.

    A recent report by the World Markets Research Centre said reforms to Algeria's mining law in 2002 was likely to trigger significant capital inflows and said the country's minerals industry had large potential.

    Algeria plans sales of mining areas


    * spruiking - Australian and New Zealand slang term for 'giving something the big sell' - "Said especially of showmen, salesmen, etc: to speak in public, especially at length and using ornate language"

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    Algerian Energy Ministry to hold tender for 17 mines in January

    The Algerian Energy Ministry announced that 17 mines will be auctioned on January 16th, Liberte Algerie daily reported Wednesday (December 27th). The mines contain gold, zinc, lead, and other precious minerals, and are in Tébessa, Guelma, Tindouf, Ouargla and Hoggar. Some 490 licences for mineral extraction and research were issued since the adoption of a new law on mines in 2000, which opened the sector for Algerian and foreign private investors. Also on January 16th, new accords will be signed for the assigning of two gold mines in the southern Tamanrasset region and one for a lead and zinc reserve in the region of Setif.

    Algerian Energy Ministry to hold tender for 17 mines in January

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    Sonatrach a signé hier deux contrats d’association relatifs à l’exploration et à la mise en valeur de nouveaux sites miniers avec la société chinoise des travaux hydrauliques Shaolin et le bureau d’études et d’expertise géologique ORGM à travers sa filiale Goldim.

    D’un montant de 3,6 millions de dollars, le premier contrat concerne l’exploration du plomb et du zinc dans le site de Boukhdema, situé dans la région de Bougaa, dans la wilaya de Sétif, alors que le second, d’un montant de 2 millions de dollars, concerne l’exploration de l’or dans les périmètres aurifères du Hoggar (Tamanrasset).

    Shaoline est majoritaire dans les deux projets avec des parts respectives de 51 et 52 %. La Sonatrach participe à hauteur de 35 % dans chacun des projets, alors que les parts de l’ORGM sont respectivement de 14 et 12 %. Ces deux contrats avaient fait l’objet d’un appel d’offres national et international le 10 juillet 2006.

    Depuis 2001, date de la promulgation de la loi minière, à 2005, le montant des investissements étrangers dans le secteur minier algérien a atteint 103 millions de dollars, a indiqué le président de l’Agence nationale de la géologie et du contrôle minier, M. Benyoub, au cours de sa présentation d’un exposé sur la réglementation minière en Algérie.

    Par ailleurs, le ministère de l’Energie et des Mines a présenté l’opération d’adjudication de 18 sites miniers répartis sur l’ensemble du territoire national (Tébessa, Guelma, Tindouf, Ouargla et le Hoggar). M. Benyoub a indiqué à ce titre que ces appels d’offres concernent des substances minérales très demandées sur le marché international telles que l’or, le cuivre, le fer et le zinc et dont les cours sont élevés.

    Le ministre de l’Energie et des Mines, M. Chakib Khelil, a affirmé, pour sa part, que «cette opération d’adjudication est soutenue par une importante opération de communication afin de faire participer le maximum de soumissionnaires et de faire jouer la libre concurrence et la transparence».

    Il a indiqué que l’année 2007 verra le lancement dans les Hauts Plateaux, le Hoggar et le sud-ouest du pays de nouveaux projets d’exploration et d’exploitation minières en partenariat avec des étrangers et dans lesquels sera impliqué Sonatrach.

    Pour M. Khelil, la participation de Sonatrach aux différents projets miniers sera «un gage de succès et un atout supplémentaire pour les investisseurs dans ce domaine». Le ministère a procédé également à la signature d’un contrat avec la société International Tread Exhibition (ITE) dans le cadre de l’organisation, du 2 au 4 décembre 2007, de la première conférence internationale en Algérie sur les ressources minérales (CIRMA1).

    Conformément à ce contrat, cette société britannique sera l’opérateur logistique de la conférence et s’engage à assurer toutes les prestations nécessaires au bon déroulement de cette manifestation, notamment celles relatives à la communication et la recherche de sponsors.

    Secteur des mines: 103 millions de dollars d’IDE en cinq ans

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