Mining experiences, Kazakhstan


The Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), Kazakhstan metallurgical group, is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of ferroalloys, iron ore, aluminum oxide and aluminum.

ENRC is a diversified group in the area of production and processing of minerals, as well as one of the largest electric power suppliers in Kazakhstan. ENRC operates in Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Brazil and Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa).

ENRC chromium ore reserves are the largest reserves among the CIS countries (183 million tons as at the end of 2008); they are considered to have the higher chromium content (41.4%) than the reserves of other producers. The group also owns the proven reserves of manganese, iron ore, bauxites and coal.


The Kazakhmys corporation has increased the production by of cathode copper from own raw materials by 7% to make it 144 thousand tons against the first half-year of 2012.  Copper production was positively influenced by the stable content of metal in the ore and continuous ore extraction and processing.

Production of zinc concentrate is 63 thousand tons. Silver production amounted to 7.1 million ounces due to processing of a large volume of ore and a high recovery ratio. The total gold production amounted to 1.6 tons (51 thousand ounces).

Kazakhmys PLC group if the major copper producer in Kazakhstan and one of the top 10 copper producers in the world. Copper production is fully integrated starting from ore extraction to the end product in the form of cathode copper and copper rod. The group is included in FTSE-100. The stocks of Kazakhmys PLC are listed both on the London Stock Exchange and on Kazakhstan Stock Exchange.

KazZinc” is a large integrated producer of zinc with significant associated production of copper, precious metals and lead. The Company’s main production facilities are located in Kazakhstan, principally in the East-Kazakhstan oblast. The Company was established in 1997 by merging assets of three major producers of non-ferrous metals of Eastern Kazakhstan: Ust-Kamenogorsk Lead-Zinc Factory, Leninogorsk Polymetallic factory and Zyryanovsk Lead Factory.

“KazZinz” corporation produced 72.2 thousand tons of zinc metal in 2013 against 74.7 thousand tons in the similar period of 2012.

Gold production during January-March has increased by 23.2% up to 154 thousand troy ounces, and silver production has decreased by 6.9% to amount to 4.310 million ounces. Copper production amounted to 15.1 thousand tons (increase by 6.3%) and lead production – 21.8 thousand tons (decrease by 0.9%).