SHANGHAI, Jul. 22 (SMM) – Small lead and zinc mining enterprises are now facing growing pressures after the release of explosive regulations, Shanghai Metals Market learnt.
The Work Plan for Explosive Inspections in Mining Areas, jointly announced by the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Land and Resources, the State Administration of Work Safety and State Administration of Coal Mine Work Safety, is to prevent illegal explosive production and sales, as well as explosion incident.
This, combined with environmental protection inspections and safety production regulations since 2H 2013, has deteriorated conditions at small lead and zinc mines and dressing enterprises, SMM understands.
Few small and medium lead and zinc mines meet safety production requirements, and growing safety management costs will lead to mines holding prices firm, SMM expects.
Domestic lead concentrate output during the first five months this year was 983,000 tonnes (lead content), down 15.31% from a year ago, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Zinc concentrate output during the same period was 2.05 million tonnes (zinc content), down 4.8% from a year ago.