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Chrome News

New furnace to raise ferrochrome output at Steelpoort operation

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 2003 The new submerged arc furnace which is under construction at ASA Metals’ ferrrochrome smelter operation at Steelpoort in Limpopo province will be operating at full capacity by May 2004 

Firm adds variable-speed drives to its motor range

By: candice haase     21st February 2003 A local distributor for the motors and drives industry has added variable speed drives (VSDs) to the range of equipment it supplies. 

ASA Metals' furnace

21st February 2003 Name of the project and location ASA Metals’ furnace, Steelport, Limpopo. Project description The project involves the expansion of ASA Metals’ plant, with the main component being the construction of a new furnace. Value R160-million. Duration The project will take about 14 months to... 

Final enviro deadline for new ferrochrome project

By: Deborah Spicer     21st February 2003 Interested and affected parties have until today (Feb 21) to voice any objections to the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) and the environmental management programme report (EMPR) submitted by Transvaal Ferro-Chrome for its Buffelsfontein project. 

Xstrata sets up committee to achieve BEE targets

By: Joanne Delaurentis     21st February 2003 London-listed diversified mining and metals group Xstrata claims to have taken a proactive approach to the industry requirements for black economic empowerment (BEE) laid out in South Africa’s new Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act and the subsequent Empowerment Charter... 

Limpopo furnace contract awarded

5th February 2003 Johannesburg-based smelting technology and equipment specialist, Pyromet Technologies, has been awarded the contract to design, construct and commission an additional submerged arc AC furnace at ASA Metals in Steelpoort, in Limpopo Province, as part of a R160-milion expansion. 

Enviro study launched for chrome project

By: Martin Czernowalow     6th November 2002 The final scoping report and issues report of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) to develop an environmental management programme report (EMPR), for the Samancor Chrome Lwala Project, have been finalised. 

Outsourcing at chrome-mine proving successful

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 Dwarsrivier mine, situated near the town of Steelpoort, in Mpumalanga, is a completely outsourced operation. 

Stainless growth triggers new chrome outpour

By: Deborah Spicer     16th September 2002 Southern African ferrochrome producers are gearing themselves to enlarge their share of the global ferrochrome market based on a belief that the stainless-steel market, which consumes 78% of mined chromite ore, is set to grow. 

Stainless-steel growth prospects trigger new chrome outpouring

By: Deborah Spicer     13th September 2002 Southern African ferrochrome producers are gearing themselves to enlarge their share of the global ferrochrome market based on a belief that the stainless-steel market, which consumes 78% of mined chromite ore, is set to grow. 

Coal, chrome giant supports empowerment

30th July 2002 Swiss-based mining and metals group Xstrata reported first-half net profits in line with forecasts yesterday, but said tough commodity market conditions in the first six months had continued into the second half. 

SA tin-mining industry to be revived

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th July 2002 A new up-and-coming black economic empowerment mining company has launched its first two tin operations in the Limpopo Province. 

SA ferrochrome industry under review

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 A comprehensive study of the South African ferrochrome industry is being conducted by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), and is scheduled for release by the end of August, IDC executive vice president of the projects division Jaco Kriek tells Mining Weekly. 

Closed furnace makes the grade

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 Two weeks into the commissioning of the first of the two 54 MVA closed-furnaces at SA Chrome’s new smelter in Boshoek in the North West, and the furnace had already been ramped up to a power of about 20 MVA, with 14 taps having taken place to date. 

R1,3-bn smelter construction passes the halfway mark

By: Marius Roodt     5th July 2002 Platinum is set to do for Polokwane, capital of the Limpopo Province, what it did for Rustenburg, in the North West Province, by being the centre of gravity in Anglo Platinum’s (Angloplat’s) expansion projects on the Eastern Limb of South Africa’s platinum-rich Bushveld Complex. 

Smelter's twin furnaces commissioned

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 The first of two 54 MVA closed-furnaces at SA Chrome’s new R700-million smelting plant was ready for hot-commissioning in early June 2002, allowing for the first ferrochrome to be tapped in the middle of that month. 

Finnish techno giant commits to project in the long term

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 Finnish technology supplier Outokumpu has committed itself to SA Chrome beyond its involvement in the engineering and supply of equipment and erection services for the construction of the smelter. 

Drilling finalised at Bafokeng mine

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 Drilling at the Royal Bafokeng Nation’s (RBN) chrome reserve, known as the Bafokeng chrome-mine, has been completed and the analysis of the ore as well as the negotiations for the acquisition of this land by SA Chrome will take place shortly, RBN mineral resources executive Lemogang Pitsoe... 

R40-million construction contract winds down

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 With the possibility for the construction of a third furnace at SA Chrome’s newly built smelter in Boshoek, in the North West Province, Nigel-based engineering firm, Mac Engineering hopes to negotiate its continued involvement with the construction of the smelting plant. 

SA chrome firm mulls third furnace

2nd July 2002 South African Chrome and Alloys yesterday said it will know by the end of the year whether it will build a third furnace to boost its high-carbon ferrochrome output from 240 000 t/y to 400 000 t/y. 

Ferrochrome market 'in recovery'

27th June 2002 The high-carbon ferrochrome market has weathered the worst of its downturn and should benefit from improving prices in the latter part of this year, Swiss-based producer Xstrata said on Wednesday. 

Chrome smelter

14th June 2002 Name of the project and location Chrome smelter, North West Province. Project description The project will involve the construction of two ferrochrome furnaces and a pelletising and sintering plant. The planned production of ferrochrome from the smelters is 235 000 t/y. The new, but improved,... 

Study into greenfields chrome-mine under way

29th May 2002 Mining firm Samancor Chrome is investigating the feasibility of developing a new opencast chrome-mine on the property Clapham, north of Steelpoort in the Limpopo Province. 

Chrome smelter's R550m furnaces near completion

By: nkolola halwindi     24th May 2002 About 90% of the the Horizon project involving the construction of two ferrochrome smelters situated in Boshoek for SA Chrome has been completed. 

Ferrochrome project on track

10th May 2002 South African Chrome and Alloys said its 240 000 ton ferrochrome project was on track and deliveries would be made in the third and fourth quarters of this year as planned. 

Countdown to new chrome mine and smelter begins

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th March 2002 The South African chrome industry’s new kid on the block reports that its new underground mine and smelter will come on stream within the next three months, adding about 240 000 t to the country’s yearly ferrochrome production. 

Swiss group emerging as coal colossus

22nd February 2002 Swiss-based natural resources group Xstrata posted a drop in earnings in 2001 as global demand for commodities slipped and it detailed plans for a $2,5-billion takeover of foreign coal businesses. 

Big ferrochrome producer to shut down operations

7th February 2002 The decision by Norway’s Elkem to shut down its ferrochrome production should have a limited effect on the market’s balance, but does reflect tough times for producers at present, traders said. 

Ferrochrome plant to produce 175 000 t in 2002

31st January 2002 South Africa’s Assmang chrome plant has spent R750-million to raise capacity of ferrochrome alloy to more than 300 000 tons a year from about 100 000 tons despite weak metal prices, the company said. 

Supplying finance to leading projects

14th December 2001 Established in 1995 with a view to providing an all encompassing merchant banking service to the resources-based industry, RMB Resources has grown into one of Africa’s leading national resources participants. 

Smelter construction under way

14th December 2001 Construction is under way at SA Chrome and Alloys’s new smelter, pelletising and sintering plant at Boshoek, some 20 km north of Rustenburg in the North West Province. 

R700m ferrochrome smelter on track

14th December 2001 The construction of SA Chrome’s R700-million smelter project in the North-West Province, due to be operational by the middle of next year, is well on track. 

Latest technology for f'chrome smelter

14th December 2001 The latest gas-cleaning technology and new equipment will be introduced in the sintering and preheating processes at South African Chrome and Alloy’s smelter plant near Rustenburg in the North West Province by Finnish global metals group, Outokumpu. 

South Africa continues its world chrome domination

14th December 2001 The success of South African Chrome and Alloy’s smelter project will be 

Mine upgrade is under way

14th December 2001 As part of its efforts to become one of the lowest-cost ferrochrome producers in the world SA Chrome and Alloys is re-commissioning the old Horizon Chrome Mine. 

SA ferrochrome plant closed

27th November 2001 Mining and energy giant BHP Billiton has announced the closure of its Palmiet Ferrochrome operation, located in Krugersdorp, South Africa, effective immediately. 

SA’s newest chrome producer sees recovery in 2002

12th November 2001 Despite ferrochrome prices reaching near thirty-year lows, SA Chrome MD Terence McConnachie is confident that prices will stabilise in the next quarter when the first sale of product from its 235 000 t plant in the North West province should start. 

Union, mining group close to deal on strike

6th November 2001 Mining company BHP Billiton said it hoped a 25-day wage strike at its Samancor unit would soon be resolved after a key union said it may end the strike today. 

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