Monday, September 27, 2010

Product Profiles:Lead Ore

Description: Lead is a main-group element with symbol Pb (Latin: plumbum) and atomic number is a soft, malleable poor metal. It is also counted as one of the heavy metals. Metallic lead has a bluish-white color after being freshly cut, but it soon tarnishes to a dull grayish color when exposed to air. Lead has a shiny chrome-silver luster when it is melted into a liquid.

Occurrence: Metallic lead does occur in nature, but it is rare. Lead is usually found in ore with  zinc, silver and (most abundantly) copper, and is extracted together with these metals. The main lead mineral is galena (PbS), which contains 86.6% lead. Other common varieties are cerussite  (PbCO3) and anglesite (PbSO4).

Locations: Lead-Zinc occurrences in Nigeria are associated with saline water intrusion in the sedimentary basins or fractured / shear zones in crystalline rocks. The mineralisation is often associated with minor to significant amounts of copper and silver, occurring in lodes filing the fractures within the sedimentary rocks in the Benue Trough as well as in crystalline basement rocks as shown in recent studies by Nigerian Geological Survey Agency. Precisely, Lead/Zinc deposit kind be found in the follow states in Nigeria viz; Nasarawa, Taraba, Plateau, Abia, Ebonyi, Bauchi and Abuja.

The general geology of lower Benue Trough in Abakaliki area is made up of thick sequences (500m) of slightly deformed cretaceous sedimentary rocks made up of essentially of albian shales, subordinate siltstones of the Asu River Group.
There is also the presence of Volcanic and Pyroclastic materials forming elongated conical hills in the cores of the anticlinal Structures. The Abakaliki Lead-Zinc is believed to be of hydrothermal origin emplaced at a low temperature of about 140°C and it is made up of primarily four lodes namely Ishiagu, Enyigba, Ameri and Ameka in the lower Benue Trough located in Ebonyi State.
Other locations of lead ore in Nigeria include Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Nassarawa and Zamfara

Specifications: This varies from one buyer to the other. However generally most buyers will prefer the specifications stated in the table below. The lead content could vary from one buyer to the other, but generally for most importers, the other constituent should not be more than the stated percentage.


5% max

Uses: Lead is used in building construction, lead-acid batteries, bullets and shots, weights, as part of solders, pewters, fusible
Alloys and as a radiation shield. Lead has the highest atomic number of all of the stable elements. Lead is a major constituent of Lead- Acid battery. Lead is used as a colouring element in ceramic glazes, notably in the colors red and yellow. Lead is used as projectiles for firearms and fishing sinkers because of its density. Low cost compared to alternative products and ease of use due to relatively low melting point. Lead is also used in high voltage power cables as sheathing material to prevent water diffusion into insulation.

Export market: The market for lead ore especially the overseas market in China is large, expanding and sustainable because of the numerous uses of ore. Buyers usually would like to secure steady source of supply of these products. An exporter that is able to secure a contract at the right price would have an uphill task meeting the demand of the buyer because the output from the mines in Nigeria is low due to the use of crude implement. Other market includes India and some European countries like Germany, Spain and Belgium.

Export Price: Depending on the percentage purity of the lead ore and the prevailing London metal exchange ( price, the FOB price of lead ore could vary from USD600-USD900/MT.

Local price: Depending on the percentage purity and of the lead, the local market price at the loading point could vary from NGN40,000-NGN70,000/MT


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  2. Neither do I understand my dear. Could you please ask the person what he meant with that statement.

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  4. Merci beaucoup pour vos commentaires. J'apprécie vraiment.

  5. 400usd a Metric ton? i was hoping to get into this but thats kinda cheap. i was under the impression that lead or was $1500 a ton.

  6. Can i locate a lead ore seller in nigeria?

  7. Thanks for your post, we have a network of suppliers that can ship lead ore and concentrate to you from Nigeria.

  8. Man Of God! It's a great blessing you are here! First may I give thanks to God for your great depth of knowledge and versatility in biz. I am no where close to that great brain of yours. However we share one thing in common: I am your colleague in the preaching of the Gospel of Christ.

    Now one thing is very urgent and that prompted my google search where I found your blog.

    PLEASE HOLD ME BY THE HANDS AND HELP ME MY BROTHER. I Urgently need to supply a company in Lagos with Galena Lead Ore. I am new in this. Please I need you to get your network of suppliers to supply me with the purest quality possible, Based on the price in this report. I would need a little sample of what they have, for my final meeting with the company.

    Hope to get your response ASAP.

    My phone number is 08133356756 pls as long as it is you I am disposed to take your calls 24/7. Thanks,
    yours in Him,
    Johnbright Anodebe.

  9. We can assist with the requested info. Kindly send your request to Thanks

  10. if you need a lead ore, you can contact me on 07039225202

  11. I am very seriously looking for a genuine supplier for Lead ore and Zinc ore to ship to China and Korea.
    I have been dealing with 3 Nigerian companies so far but unfortunately all of them were found fake ones.
    Can you help me find a proved supplier?

    thank you
    sang/WVM Inc. USA
    skype: sang6411

  12. What is the acceptable percentage of silver in the lead ore please.

  13. Schistbelt Minerals Ltd is a mining company based in Northern Nigeria, we are currently mining Lead and Zinc ore on EL 12051, 13553 and 13509 in Plateau and Taraba State, we need reliable and capable buyers of our ore: Lead ore minimum grade is 63.8%, Zinc ore is 44.6%, contact Wilfred Dan on 08068016555. 08096986888, or, Thanks