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beryllium CopperSynterra Energy have begun producing beryllium from  their Nigerian properties. Beryllium Project Nigeria. Beryllium increases hardness and resistance to  corrosion when alloyed with aluminium, cobalt, copper  (notably beryllium copper), iron and nickel. In structural  applications,  high  flexural rigidity, thermal  stability, thermal conductivity and low density (1.85 times that of water) make beryllium a sought- after aerospace material for  high-speed aircraft, missiles, spacecraft,  and communication satellites. Because of its low density and atomic mass, beryllium is relatively transparent to X-rays  and other forms of ionizing radiation; therefore, it is the most common window material for  X-ray  equipment and in particle physics experiments. The  high thermal conductivities of beryllium and beryllium oxide have led  to their use in heat transport and heat sinking applications

Synterra have a unique and comprehensive insight into the Nigeria mining sector. Nigeria has not been an attractive destination for mining investment. We have invested millions of US dollars in the sector over the last few yearsand experienced the difficulties first hand. The current worldwide downturn in mining has further hindered the participation in Nigerian mining by large global players. The Nigerian government has neglected mining despite the enactment of world class mining legislation with the 2007 Mining and Minerals Act. The various stakeholder institutions have been underfunded and as a consequence important geological data has simply not been available to support the requirement of mining investors. The Nigerian banking and financial service industry has not been disposed to providing investment funds for local Operators. There has been a desperate lack of 'risk capital for geological activity.

Code compliant resource estimates are crucial for mining investment. Proving up economically viable resources require this information as it allows mining investors to access capital markets particularly exchanges such as AIM, TSX(V) or ASX. The cost of drilling will run into millions dollars. The perceived risk associated with return on investment in Nigeria for mining ventures has also stymied investor participation. Local miners cannot  access funds to participate in a meaningful way. There  is also  a preponderance of Chinese companies purchasing local Exploration Leases (EL) and numerous scouts can be found in the bush off-taking artisanal production at knock down prices. Mining legislation has been enacted to address many of the issues creating recalcitrance in the Nigerian Mining sector. The key issues are summarised below:

•  Security of tenure
•  Reduced administrative discretion
•  Prescribed time frames for administrative decisions
•  Simple eligibility requirements for grant of mineral titles
•  Free transferability of title
•  Establishment of the Mining Cadastre Office, independent of the Ministry of
•  Grant of title on a 'first come, first served' basis
•  Principle of 'use it or lose it'
•  Environmental Considerations
•  Rights of host communities
•  Competitive investment incentives
•  Dispute resolution provisions


The Act is the principal legislation that regulates the Nigerian mining sector. The Act vests the control, regulation and ownership of all mineral resources in the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN).

The provisions of the National Minerals and Metals Policy and the Minerals and Mining Regulations also regulate the sector. The Mining Regulations contain specific provisions with respect to royalties, fees and compensation payable by holders of mining rights. The administration of the mining industry is vested in the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), operating through the following

Leadzinc3 Synterra has acquired a number of  Lead – Zinc deposits in Nigeria’s Benue Trough which  is widely  recognised as a major lead-zinc province – the most prospective in West Africa. It remains largely unexplored with modern methods. There are known large deposits in the Lower and Middle Benue Regions at Ishiagu, Abakaliki and Akwana. We have also acquired a potentially very large deposit  in Abuni, Nassarawa  State where we have a Small Scale Mining License(SSML). We  are currently carrying out extensive work programs to prove up the resource to NI43-101 code compliancy.


Nigeria’s solid minerals are in many cases a much under-utilised national resource. A good example is its iron ore. Although the country has an estimated 6 billion tons of iron ore in deposits found in Kogi, Enugu, Niger, Zamfara and Kaduna states, the country currently supports only a modest domestic iron and steel industry. All that could be set to change, however. In April 2008, a new National Minerals and Metals Policy set out to prioritise the development of seven strategic minerals,  among them iron ore

Iron ores of diverse quality and origin are found in Nigeria. The purest ores occur in a series of e basement ridges known as the Itakpe Hills in Kogi if State. The iron and steel industry, near Ajaokuta, exploits this deposit.