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Promising ‘low-carbon future,’ mining company to pump $2 billion into Arizona zinc mine

Brandon Loomis of the Arizona Republic reports on a new mine that is being planned in Arizona.

The C3 Take
  • Mining company South32 is investing $2.16 billion to develop a zinc mine in the Patagonia Mountains of Arizona, with production slated to begin in 2027.
  • The mine is projected to create over 800 jobs in Santa Cruz County, providing a major economic boost to the region.
  • Zinc is needed to power batteries for EVs and energy storage.
  • Domestic mining is cleaner than mining in China or Africa and is necessary to strengthen our supply chain and energy security.

“Only 6% of global zinc production occurs in the U.S., according to South32, and demand is expected to exceed supply by 3 million tons in 2031. The mineral is used in batteries to store energy, and in wind turbines, electric vehicles and in galvanizing steel for road and bridge construction.”

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