Zimbabwe Needs $5.3 Billion Investment for Platinum

via Zimbabwe Needs $5.3 Billion Investment for Platinum – Bloomberg By Godfrey Marawanyika – Oct 20, 2013

Zimbabwe needs investment of as much as $5.3 billion and stable mining policies if it’s to boost platinum output to a point where it can rival Russia as the world’s second-biggest producer of the metal, an industry organization said.

To increase production to the more than 500,000 ounces per annum needed to justify the construction of base and precious metal smelters and refineries, investment of $2.8 billion is needed in mines, as much as $2 billion in processing plants and between $200 and $500 million to ensure adequate power supply, the Harare-based Chamber of Mines said in a report obtained by Bloomberg.

“It’s evident from 2017 onward Zimbabwe’s production of platinum will be approaching that of Russia,” the Chamber said. “This growth projection, however, requires significant investment.”

While mines operated by Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. (IMP), Anglo American Platinum Ltd. (AMS) and Aquarius Platinum Ltd. (AQP) will this year produce about 365,000 ounces of the precious metal, investment has been hindered by power shortages and a government demand that control of assets be ceded to the state or black Zimbabweans.

Russia produced about 800,000 ounces of platinum last year, according to the Chamber.

In addition to expansions planned by existing producers companies including Todal, which is 60 percent owned by Eurasian National Resources Plc (ENRC), Global Platinum, Ruschrome Mining, Amari Platinum and ACR, could start mines, the Chamber said.

Todal “is likely to be the next Zimbabwe producer,” the Chamber said.

Expansion would generate as many as 4,000 jobs and 115 megawatts of additional power would have to be provided, the group said. Of that Todal would need 50 megawatts, the Chamber said.

Zimbabwe currently accounts for about 6 percent of world platinum production. South Africa is the biggest producer.

To contact the reporters on this story: Godfrey Marawanyika in Harare at gmarawanyika@bloomberg.net; Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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    moyokumusha 11 years ago

    Indigenisation, that is where it will come from !!!!!! Come on boys that’s how you get investment. Do we need a change of policy OR give it to the Chinese.

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    essexfarmer 10 years ago

    Have fun trying to raise anything, let alone $3.5bn when the Zanu-pf policy is to openly steal over half of any investment.

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    Fallenz 10 years ago

    What idiot is going to turn any kind of real funding over to ZANUPF…! Besides, idiots don’t control that kind of money, and the intelligent people knows too much to do it. So, ZANUPF will make a deal with China… and those guys will be one step closer to owning Zim. Really smart move, ZANUPF.