March 29, 2018
Zinc output climbs, but uncertainty disrupts processing talks
While talks remain deadlocked, mine output has been recovering.
Some 880,000 tonnes of additional capacity has been committed by zinc mines this year, about two-thirds of it from reopenings and expansions, the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) told the conference.
“It is definitely less tight than two years ago … but it takes time to recover and get back to normality,” said Joao Jorge, director of market research and statistics at the ILZSG.
One of the biggest reopened mines is a tailings operation at the Century mine in Australia that was closed in 2015 but is due to restart output in the third quarter.
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