COPPER IN ALBANIA

Activities in Spac Copper Mine, Albania (TeteAlb)

Albania, which is located in the Adriatic Coast, has a 28.000 km2 surface area with a population of approximately 3 million.  Our group has 10 years mining experience in Albania and we also have very close cultural similarities. Spac copper mine will be our second project in the country after BerAlb (Ber-Oner Albania) Munella copper project (2001-2006), which was taken over by our ex-partner after the split-up. After that, our group established TeteAlb, which is owned 100 percent by Tete Turkey, in 2007

Spac copper mine (the second largest copper mine after Munella copper in Albania) has 3.6 million tons geologic reserve with 2.8 million tons (with 1.2% Cu grade) recoverable reserve. The mine was operated since 1954 and 3 million tons of ore was mined in total. Albanian Government invested in the mine for more than 81.000 meters of drilling, excavation of 140 m deep internal shaft and 12.000 meters of drifting during the communist regime.

Even though Spac mine is technically ready for the ore production after new plant will be built at the mine site. 

SPAC PROJECT In ALBANIA

 

The Spac Deposit was discovered in about 1954, with the initial exploration being carried out by Russian geologists up until 1960. Underground development was started by Albanians from the Rubic Enterprise, with ore production commencing in 1966. The mine was used as a political prison camp from 1966 until 1991, with much of the mine development and production being carried out manually by prison workers.

During the 34 years of production some 3.1Mt ore were mined and processed at an average grade of 0.88% copper.

From the start, production steadily increased to over 190,000 tons in 1989. However, production then significantly dropped to an average of 45,000 tpa from 1991 to 1996, and then decreased further until production ceased in 1999. From 1977 to 1990, the contained copper in the ore mined would have averaged over 1,000 tons per year and most likely would have generated an average about 6,200 tons of concentrates per year. There has been no production or work carried out on the license area since 1999.

Spac Copper is one of the most productive mines of the area with an active tunnel of 12 km and around 3 million tons of recoverable reserves to be mined. SPAC project is at a very important spot logistically, located at a 90-km distance from Tirana. TETE Albania plans to mine 3.6 million tons of ore with SPAC Project.


PRODUCTION
The projected production method is underground mining and will be operated with excavation filling system in Spac Copper Mine. The production method will be special design underground drilling, blasting, loading, transporting and filling. Underground ore will be taken to the daylight with the transport tunnel of 16m2 section which is produced in 2017 and projected as 1000 meters. After that; the extracted ore will be passed to the process stage.

Process will start with crushing and followed by milling and multiple stepped flotation of copper. The final resulting flotation concentrate will send to smelters for pure copper.

Flotation wastes will be sent to the specially designed storage facility. And it will be dewatered without harming the environment.

Crusher Group
250 ton/hour, %100 -14 mm capacity crushing and elimination plant
Fine Ore Bin
1 Piece – 1000 ton capacity
Grinding Group
2 Piece 3600 * 4200 Ball Mill (Primer – Seconder)
Classification
4pc * 250 Hydrocylone
Agitation Tanks
2pc * 16 m³
Flotation Cells
Tank – Cell Type – 5pc * 10m³, 5pc * 3 m³, 5 * 1,5 m³
Dewatering Group
5500 mm Decantation Tank + 1 Drum Filter
Total Ins. Power
3250 kW

The Spac Deposit was discovered in about 1954, with the initial exploration being carried out by Russian geologists up until 1960. Underground development was started by Albanians from the Rubic Enterprise, with ore production commencing in 1966. The mine was used as a political prison camp from 1966 until 1991, with much of the mine development and production being carried out manually by prison workers.

During the 34 years of production some 3.1Mt ore were mined and processed at an average grade of 0.88% copper.

From the start, production steadily increased to over 190,000 tons in 1989. However, production then significantly dropped to an average of 45,000 tpa from 1991 to 1996, and then decreased further until production ceased in 1999. From 1977 to 1990, the contained copper in the ore mined would have averaged over 1,000 tons per year and most likely would have generated an average about 6,200 tons of concentrates per year. There has been no production or work carried out on the license area since 1999.

Spac Copper is one of the most productive mines of the area with an active tunnel of 12 km and around 3 million tons of recoverable reserves to be mined. SPAC project is at a very important spot logistically, located at a 90-km distance from Tirana. TETE Albania plans to mine 3.6 million tons of ore with SPAC Project.


PRODUCTION
The projected production method is underground mining and will be operated with excavation filling system in Spac Copper Mine. The production method will be special design underground drilling, blasting, loading, transporting and filling. Underground ore will be taken to the daylight with the transport tunnel of 16m2 section which is produced in 2017 and projected as 1000 meters. After that; the extracted ore will be passed to the process stage.

Process will start with crushing and followed by milling and multiple stepped flotation of copper. The final resulting flotation concentrate will send to smelters for pure copper.

Flotation wastes will be sent to the specially designed storage facility. And it will be dewatered without harming the environment.

Crusher Group
250 ton/hour, %100 -14 mm capacity crushing and elimination plant
Fine Ore Bin
1 Piece – 1000 ton capacity
Grinding Group
2 Piece 3600 * 4200 Ball Mill (Primer – Seconder)
Classification
4pc * 250 Hydrocylone
Agitation Tanks
2pc * 16 m³
Flotation Cells
Tank – Cell Type – 5pc * 10m³, 5pc * 3 m³, 5 * 1,5 m³
Dewatering Group
5500 mm Decantation Tank + 1 Drum Filter
Total Ins. Power
3250 kW

Albania