Zijin Mining

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Zijin Mining Group Co., Limited
TypePublic
IndustryMining
Founded1986; 36 years ago (1986) as Shanghang Mineral Company
Headquarters,
Area served
People's Republic of China
Key people
Chairman: Mr. Chen Jinghe
ProductsGold, Copper, Zinc
RevenueRMB27,769,198,000 (FY 2010)[1]
RMB9,529,044,000[1]
RMB5,742,124,000[1]
Number of employees
21,455[1]
Websitezjky.cn
Zijin Mining Group Company Limited
Simplified Chinese紫金矿业集团股份有限公司
Traditional Chinese紫金礦業集團股份有限公司
Literal meaningZijin Mining Group Joint-Stock Limited [Liability] Company

Zijin Mining Group Co., Limited is a multi-national mining company headquartered in Mainland China.

Background[edit]

Zijin is a Shanghai Stock Exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed mining company principally engaged in the prospecting, exploration, and mining of gold, copper, and other mineral resources with operations in 11 countries. Its largest shareholder Shanghang Minxi Xinghang State-Owned Property Investment Company, which holds 24% of Zijin, is owned by government of Shanghang County, Fujian Province where Zijin's head office is located. Zijin is one of the largest gold, copper and zinc producers in China.

Activities[edit]

In 2006, Zijin had 49.28 tons of the gold output and the gold produced from mining reached 20.70 tons, respectively accounting for 20.53% of China's total gold production and 11.51% of the gold produced from mining in China in the same year.[2] In 2010 gold output had reached 69 tons[1] but was expected to be only 37 tons in 2018, slightly less than the previous year.[3]

In December 2019, Reuters reported that Zijin had agreed to buy Canadian miner Continental Gold Inc. for C$1.3 billion. The company claimed that Continental's principal asset, the Buritica project, had gold reserves of 165.47 tons and an inferred reserve of 187.24 tons.[4]

Equity Investments[edit]

Reference from the official website.

Company Year % of Share Capital
Barrick Niugini Limited 2015 50%
Kamoa Holding Co. Limited 2015 49.5%
RTB Bor Group 2018 63%
Neveun Resources Limited 2019 100%
Continental Gold Company 2020 68.77%

In October 2021 Zijin acquired junior lithium explorer Neo Lithium Corp. for C$960 million.[5]

Incidents[edit]

Major acid spill[edit]

On July 3 and July 16, 2010 acid waste escaped the Fujian province copper plant and into the Ting River. The accident was said to be the size of the BP deepwater oil spill.[6] The copper plant manager, deputy manager and head of environment were detained because the company waited nine days before revealing the incident.[7]

Fatalities at dam collapse[edit]

In September 2010, four people were killed when a dam collapsed at the Xinyi Yinyan tin mine, following heavy rain.[8] The dam collapse was said to be caused by rainfall generated by a typhoon occurring only once in more than 200 years.[7]

Criticism[edit]

Air pollution in Bor, Serbia[edit]

Several protests has been held in Bor in eastern Serbia over excessive air pollution that has been intensified since Zijin took over copper miner Rudarsko-Topioničarski Basen (RTB) in late 2018. Since January 2019, Bor has been struggling with excessive air pollution, with sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels topping 2,000 micrograms per cubic meter, up from the maximum allowed 350. Protesters demanded that the city government urgently adopt a plan so that the line ministry and state inspectorates can react to the alarming pollution levels in Bor. As early as April 2019, the inspector had ordered the company to take action against air pollution of the environment, human health and the environment, because it emitted excessive SO2. Zijin then explained in a letter to the Ministry of Environment that the power outage had caused pollution. However, control a few months later, in August, showed another omission – Zijin did not have a system for wet dust removal during the transportation of tailings on the Bor mine, which also threatened human health and the environment. Zijin was ordered to solve the problem, and the company later told the Ministry that a dust suppression system had been installed, which was put to trial. In November 2019, CINS sought an interview with Zijin on the topic of air pollution, to which the company responded with a press release. It says that by the end of the year, the company will have a total of five SO2-neutralized dust spray machines. Documentation obtained by CINS shows that by that time, two of the machines purchased had been in operation for about two months, but pollution data showed that it had no significant effect on the reduction of sulfur dioxide. [9] [10]

Carbon footprint[edit]

Zijin Mining Group reported Total CO2e emissions (Direct + Indirect) for 31 December 2020 at 5,322 Kt (+1,279/+32% y-o-y).[11] The growth accelerated relative to the long-term trend (+26% CAGR) observed since 4Q'17.

Zijin Mining Group's Total CO2e emissions (Direct + Indirect) (in kilotonnes)
Dec 2017 Dec 2018 Dec 2019 Dec 2020
2,125[12] 2,458[13] 4,043[14] 5,322[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Zijin Annual Results 2010" (PDF). Zijin. 2010. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  2. ^ Brief Introduction to Zijin Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "China's Zijin sees 2018 gold output at about 37 tonnes". Reuters. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Zijin Mining to buy Canada's Continental Gold for US$1 billion". EJ Insight. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Zijin Mining to Acquire Neo Lithium Corp. In All-Cash Offer". 8 October 2021.
  6. ^ News888.cn. "News888.cn Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine." 紫金矿业被指瞒报污染事故38 天?!. Retrieved on 2010-01-08.
  7. ^ a b Bloomberg.com. "Bloomberg.com." Zijin mining officials fined 1.16 million yuan for waste spills in fujian. Retrieved on 2010-01-08.
  8. ^ "Mining Journal - Zijin Mining says dam collapse led to four deaths". Retrieved 2010-09-28.
  9. ^ "Serbia Zijin Bor Copper sued over air pollution levels". 2 December 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  10. ^ "Zijin Company in court for air pollution in Bor, Serbia". 25 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  11. ^ a b "Zijin Mining Group's Sustainability Report for 2020Q4" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 30, 2021. Alt URL
  12. ^ "Zijin Mining Group's Sustainability Report for 2019Q4" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 30, 2021. Alt URL
  13. ^ "Zijin Mining Group's Sustainability Report for 2020Q4" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 30, 2021. Alt URL
  14. ^ "Zijin Mining Group's Sustainability Report for 2020Q4" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 30, 2021. Alt URL

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