namibia: mining, minerals, and fuel resources
Namibia is located in the south of the African continent bordering the South Atlantic Ocean between the countries of South Africa and Angola. It has a total area of 824,292 km and a population of around 2.5 million. The country experiences hot and dry desert-like conditions with limited and erratic rainfall. Namibias economy heavily relies on its mining industry and its mineral resources include diamond, silver, tungsten, lead, zinc, tin, uranium, and copper. Nearly 25% of the countrys income is contributed by this sector.
Natural resources such as diamond, uranium, and fluorspar have been instrumental in Namibias economic growth. High-quality diamond deposits make Namibia the top destination for gem-quality diamond mining. Namibia produces approximately 2% of gem-quality diamonds globally. Namibia is also the fourth-largest producer of uranium globally accounting for 8% of the worlds production. Other industrial minerals and metals produced in the country include granite, marble, salt, sodalite, dolomite, semiprecious stones, wollastonite and sulfur, zinc, gold, arsenic, lead, manganese, and, silver.
Namibias diamond production has been increasing steadily. Diamond is chiefly mined by NAMDEB and by De Beers Marine Namibia (DMN). The Namibian government is working towards forming a substantial domestic market for diamond cutting and polishing operations. Solvay Fluor GmbH of Germany has 100% ownership of the countrys Okorusu fluorspar mine, which accounts for a substantial fraction of pure acid grade fluorspar production. The gemstone mining sector is very popular in Namibia as it is where a large number of gemstones such as amethyst, aquamarine, tourmaline, topaz, and, garnet are found. Platinum-group elements (PGEs) are currently being explored in the northern and southern parts of Namibia.
Namibias gold production as of 2016 stands at 6410 kg. It has increased almost three times since 2009 when the production was 2,057 kg. The Navachab gold mine, the oldest open-pit gold mine in Namibia, produces a major portion of this gold. This huge increase in gold production was also due to the commissioning and the ramp-up of production at the Otjikoto mine.
As of 2015, the production of Copper stood at 10,659 tonnes which is a significant increase over the last year (103%). The major contributing mines were Matchless and the Otjihase. These mines are operated by Weatherly International plc. Other players in the copper mining sector include Sabre Resources Ltd., Takoradi Ltd. of Australia, and INV Metals Inc. of Canada. Not all metals have sustained an increase in production. Some of the metals that have shown a recent decline in production are zinc, silver, and manganese.
Offshore oil and gas exploration operations in Namibia include Blocks 2813A, 2814B, and 2914A run by HRT Particies em Petrleo S.A. of Brazil via its subsidiary HRT Oil and Gas Explorao e Produo de Petroleo Ltd. The Kudu gas field operated by state-owned National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia and OAO Gazprom of Russia is another well-known offshore oil and gas exploration field.
Uranium is one of the most exported commodities of Namibia. Uranium deposits are situated at the Rssing mine near the Swakopmund coastline. Globally, uranium demand has increased in an attempt to use more nuclear energy to decrease carbon emissions and protect the environment.
Namibias mining industry is the backbone of the countrys economy and accounts for over half of its annual export earnings. The government of Namibia, with its free-market policy, is keen on promoting the mining industry as a private sector. The governments initiatives to strengthen its mining sector include:
The Chamber of Mines of Namibia has 117 members to date and showcases the interests of its member companies. Experts feel that more incentives for investors are needed to stay competitive among other mineral rich countries to retain investors and attract more foreign investments in the future.
Gary graduated from the University of Manchester with a first-class honours degree in Geochemistry and a Masters in Earth Sciences. After working in the Australian mining industry, Gary decided to hang up his geology boots and turn his hand to writing.
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namibia marble - mingjie stone - quarry owner - blocks, slabs, tiles
Mingjie Stone Group is a leading multinational in the natural stone industry. The company was founded in 1993 and has undergone progressive growth and international expansion during more than 25 years. The main business operations of Mingjie Stone Group involve quarrying, processing and marketing of marble and granite, especially Namibia white marble from our own quarries.
Mingjie Stone owns and operates seven quarries in Namibia that supply the best white marble from the African continent to customers all over the world. The marble quarries in Namibia provide nine unique materials: Atlantic White, Namibia White, African Statuario, Mistery White, Misty White, Karibib White, Platinum Blue, Aus White, and Sky Blue.
The company has secured vast exclusive exploration licenses in Namibia to search for the latest marble and granite market trends. Mingjie Stone has a professional team dedicated to the exploration and acquisition of stone mineral rights in Africa to provide customers with more high quality materials.
In the past few years, we have passionately focused on exploration of new quarries in search of new materials. Whatever the market trends are, we go straight in the field and explore on virgin land to discover new materials that meet the needs of our customers. Our dedicated exploration team is the first one on undiscovered land where the magic of Nature has been untouched for millions of years.
We collaborate with designers, architectural studios and famous furnishing brands who appreciate our exclusive selection of own quarry materials, as well as our dedicated assistance in all phases of each project, from extraction to final installation.
We have invested heavily in the latest and most advanced technology to achieve the highest standards in the industry. Taking care of every detail, we not only carry out thorough testing and inspection. But, also offer exclusive service, dialogue, and constant support to always ensure the best customer experience.