The Sasa deposit was discovered during a period of exploration between 1954 and 1965. Trial mining commenced in 1965 and, in 1966, the mine began commercial production as a state-owned entity. The mine closed in 2002 and was placed into bankruptcy due to a lack of funding.
The Solway Investments Group subsequently purchased the mine, invested in new equipment and operations resumed in 2006. Solway Group later sold the mine to Fusion Capital and Orion Mine Finance Group in 2015.
In 2017, Central Asia Metals bought the Sasa mine.
ORE MINED IN 2022
PLANT FEED IN 2022
LEAD IN CONCENTRATE IN 2022
ZINC IN CONCENTRATE IN
PRODUCING METALS ESSENTIAL FOR MODERN LIVING
Modern society is increasingly dependent on new technology and, as the world moves away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy, these two factors will bring increased demand for certain metals, such as zinc.
With sustainability now taking centre stage in the corporate world, it is important to recognise the mining industry for the positives that it brings to society. Nearly every mineral and metal in use in modern life is the product of some form of mining.
Lead is an essential ingredient in the lead-acid storage batteries used in motor vehicles and over 80% of global lead demand is for batteries. Lead batteries are also very efficient at storing energy generated by clean, green power sources such as wind and solar.
Currently, a billion vehicles worldwide use a lead-acid battery to start their engines, with such transportation of people and goods fostering economic growth and development around the world.
Around 50% of global zinc is used for galvanising, whereby a protective coating of zinc is applied to steel or iron. Galvanising protects the steel or iron by preventing corrosive substances from reaching the metals and by corroding first.
Long-term durability provided by galvanising is achieved at a relatively low environmental burden, with several studies demonstrating high economic and environmental costs associated with repeated maintenance and replacement of steel structures.
The Sasa mine annually produces an average of 800,000 tones of mined and transported ore, with a lead and zinc metal content ranging from 7.0 to 7.5%, using state-of-the-art equipment that meets the highest safety standards.
The underground mining activities are carried out 24/7, in four shifts, 357 days a year.
The modern Flotation plant processes 800,000 tons of ore per year and produces from 26,000 to 30,000 tons of lead in concentrate and from 21,000 to 25,000 tons of zinc in concentrate.
OUR TAILINGS STORAGE FACILITIES
Sasa’s tailings storage facilities are managed according to national legislation and to the highest international standards.
Sasa is the first mine in the Republic of Macedonia to which the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning has issued an A-integrated environmental permit.