JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Aim-listed Afarak’s Mogale operation is now using all its operating furnaces to produce ferrochrome following the successful transition of a second furnace from silicomanganese to ferrochrome.
Prior to December 2016, Mogale only had one furnace dedicated to ferrochrome.
Owing to improved market conditions, Afarak successfully converted another two of its furnaces from producing silicomanganese to ferrochrome – the first in December and the second this month.
“It is expected that the new furnace will produce an additional 2 300 t/m. In addition, opencast mining at Mecklenburg, in Limpopo, has resumed and preparations are under way for underground mining with the potential of accessing 20-million tons of chrome reserves,” Afarak CEO Guy Konsbruck said on Tuesday.