Mining and Smelting Combine Bor

Open Pit MajdanpekThe first reserves of copper ore in in the South district of the Majdanpek mine, were found at the end of the 1953 and at that time amounted to 85 million tonnes of ore with an average copper content of 0.83 percent. Based on that, and assuming further research, the Federal Executive Council of the then Yugoslavia made on 16 April, 1954 a decision on the establishment of the “Copper Mine Majdanpek“.
Three years later, in July 1957, funds were granted for the construction of the mine when the first works began, the the first benches of the open pit mine of the South district made and the terrain prepared for the construction of the primary crushing unit. At the end of 1958, at the elevation of +620m on the “Švajs” hill, first works on the removal of the waste began, and for this purpose four „EUCLID“ trucks” arrived in Majdanpek.

First tons of copper concentrate were delivered to Bor on 25 June, 1961 and the ceremony was arranged to mark the start of production in the copper mine Majdanpek. On the same day the first anodes from the Majdanpek concentrate were cast in the Bor Smelter.

Exploitation of the other open pit mine at Majdanpek, „North Mining District” after a trial production, and initial running, started on 14 December, 1983 after receiving an approval for works. Before the year 1993 only copper ore was mined, and that year saw the beginning of mining of zinc and lead ores. Three sites were active in the North Mining District of the open pit. The first ore was mined from the „Central part“ deposit in 1989. Works on the polymetallic ore, at the „Tenka“ site, began in May 1993 and lasted only two months. Production was restored there in 1999 and again two years later cancelled due to low prices of zinc and lead at the time. At the site “Dolovi”, mining of porphyritic ore started in July 1996 with the first copper quantities produced in 1999.

Gold Mine „Čoka Marin“ began operation in May 2003 and the first ore arrived in Majdanpek three months later.

From the beginning of exploitation until the end of 2010 the following production was achieved at the Majdanpek copper mine:

  • Copper ore ………………………………………….. 369.055.198 t
  • Zinc and lead ore (polymetallic) …………………… 575.800 t
  • Waste ……………………………………………….. 918.480.819 t
  • Total production ……………………………. 1.288.111.817 t
  • Copper concentrate (dry) ……………………………… 7.857.572 t
  • Copper in the concentrate ………………………………….. 1.696.746 t
  • Gold in the concentrate ……………………………………….. 84.325 kg
  • Silver in the concentrate …………………………………… 438.119 kg
  • Zinc and lead concentrates (polymetallic) …………….. 25.383 t
  • Zinc …………………………………………………………….. 9.145 t
  • Lead …………………………………………………………… 2.199 t
Open pit mine „South Mining District”
South Mining District

South Mining District

Open pit mine „South Mining District “(the mine in the strict sense, without a waste landfill) is of the elliptical shape with an approximate length of the longer axis of 2450 meters and the shorter axis of 1600 meters. The highest point of the mine is approximately at the level of +588, and the lowest point reached now is 120.4 meters. Mining is by benches, with height level of 15 meters. This open pit mine up to the level of +350 m is ranked as of the height type, and below the level +350 m, the open pit is ranked as of the depth type.

By the end of 2010 the following production was recorded in the „South Mining District“:

  • Ore ……………………………………………331.108.859 t
  • Waste ……………………………………………….. 776.697.772 t
  • Total production ……………………………..1.107.806.631 t

Copper concentrate and, therefore, contained metals are not conducted specifically for the „South Mining District“.

Open pit mine „North Mining District”
North Mining District

North Mining District

Open pit mine „North Mining District “(the mine in the strict sense, without a waste landfill) is of the elliptical shape with an approximate length of the longer axis of 1900 meters and the shorter axis of 1100 meters. The highest point of the mine is approximately at the level of +675, and the lowest point reached now is 360.6 meters. Mining is by benches, with height level of 15 meters (from November 1983 until the mid 1991 benches were 25 m). Up to the level of +452 m, it is ranked as of the height type and below that level, it is of the depth type.
By the end of 2010 the following production was recorded in the „North Mining District“:

  • Copper ore …………………………………………….. 37.946.339 t
  • Zinc and lead ore (polymetallic) ……………………. 575.800 t
  • Waste ………………………………………………… 141.783.047 t
  • Total production ……………………………….. 180.305.186 t
  • Zinc and lead concentrate (polymetallic) ………………. 25.383 t
  • Zinc ………………………………………………………………. 9.145 t
  • Lead ……………………………………………………………. 2.199 t

Copper concentrate and, therefore, contained metals are not conducted specifically for the „North Mining District“.

Managment Managment
  • Branislav Tomić – Manager