Ireland has a rich history of zinc exploration and mining leading to the naming of its own “Irish-Type” of zinc deposit.

Irish-Type zinc deposits are highly sought after by major mine developers due to Ireland’s established mining industry, favourable fiscal regime, and high quality zinc concentrates.

 


EXPLORATION: WORLD’S MOST PROSPECTIVE ZINC EXPLORATION REGION

  • Ireland is ranked first in the world for zinc discovered per km2
  • 50 years of exploration has resulted in the discovery of >25 deposits containing +20Mt of zinc metal.
  • Majors presently exploring and mining; Boliden, Teck & Glencore.

 

Irish Midlands Orefield 

 

Deposit Year of Discovery Mt Grade % Zn+Pb Status
Lisheen 1990 22.8 14.10% Closed Underground
Galmoy 1986 9.7 16.20% Closed Underground
Silvermines 1963 17.7 8.90% Closed Underground
Tynagh 1961 9.2 11.20% Closed Pit / Underground
Pallas Green 2004 44 8.0% Resource Definition
Navan 1970 112 9.8% Operating Underground

 


MINING: A PLACE WHERE ZINC MINES ARE BUILT

  • Established mining industry.
  • Home to Boliden’s Tara mine; Europe’s largest zinc mine in operation since 1977.
  • Lisheen and Galmoy zinc-lead mines now closed due to depleted reserves 
  • Grid power, roads, railways & ports.
  • Modest cost profiles, skilled local workforce.
  • Numerous smelters within Europe.
  • 25% corporate tax rate on mining operations.
  • Royalty: negotiated on a project basis, expected range 1.5% - 3.5% NSR.

 

Aerial view of Lisheen Mine whilst in production

Aerial view of Lisheen Mine whilst in production.

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