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Chrome News

Hydraulic piping work completed

By: renay de     12th December 2003 The contract for the hydraulic installation at ASA Metals Steelpoort ferrochrome smelter, in Steelpoort, Limpopo, was awarded to Alberton Hydraulics, by Pyromet Technologies, in September. 

New ferrochrome smelter approved for SA

10th December 2003 London-listed miner Xstrata said yesterday it has given approval for the construction of a 330 000 t ferrochrome smelter in South Africa. 

Mining group invests in new school

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th October 2003 A 24-classroom primary school has been officially handed over to the Majakaneng community in the Mooinooi area, situated between Rustenburg and Brits – one of the latest examples of the mining industry’s investment in the social development of people who live in the vicinity of the... 

Other Western Chrome Mine projects

17th October 2003 Over the last three years Western Chrome Mines (WCM) have supported winter-schools aimed at assisting 50 matriculants of surrounding schools to prepare for their year-end examinations. 

Coal sector leads the way in safety

By: Zonika Botha     6th October 2003 South Africa’s mining industry last year claimed 288 lives. 

SA could benefit from robust ferrochrome market . . .

By: Zonika Botha     3rd October 2003 South Africa dominates the world’s prime ferrochrome sector and will subsequently have the major share of any future expansions undertaken by the world’s second-largest ferrochrome producer, BHP Billiton. 

Safety scorecard

By: Zonika Botha     3rd October 2003 South Africa’s mining industry last year claimed 288 lives. And, while all accept that mining is, by its very nature, a hazardous profession, work-related deaths remain a serious blemish on its reputation. 

. . . but new laws could have negative effect

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd October 2003 The world’s largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, said that while it was looking for ‘creative’ ways to bring on board a black economic empowerment (BEE) partner for its chrome operation in South Africa, it was also wary of what the country’s imminent mining legislation... 

BHP Billiton wary about impact of SA’s new laws

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th September 2003 The world’s largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, said that while it was looking for ‘creative’ ways to bring on board a black economic empowerment (BEE) partner for its chrome operation in South Africa, it was also wary of what the country’s imminent mining legislation... 

Mining-for-development action plan

By: Jill Stanford     5th September 2003 THE Northern Cape Government and six of the province’s mining companies, known collectively as the Northern Cape Mine Manager’s Association (NCMMA) have forged a public–private partnership to translate and implement the Mining Charter. 

Samancor eyes Oz to replace output

28th August 2003 South Africa's major ferro-alloys producer Samancor may pull silicomanganese production from one of its smelters in Australia to replace lost output at its fire-damaged Metalloys plant in South Africa, a spokesperson said. 

Lwala chrome-mine enviro study moves ahead

By: Martin Czernowalow     7th August 2003 The draft environmental-impact report (EIR), to develop an environmental management programme report for Samancor Chrome’s proposed Lwala development, will be available for public comment later this month. 

SA ferrochrome firm eyes 500 000 t/y target

4th July 2003 South African Chrome and Alloys remains on course with its plans to double its high-carbon ferrochrome output to nearly 500 000 t a year from 240 000, a senior executive said. 

SA Chrome’s losses widen, eyes profits in 2004

1st July 2003 South African Chrome and Alloys said yesterday that costs and delays in moving a project into production widened the group's losses for the year to March, but said it expected to make profits by early 2004. 

Action needed to address ferrochrome oversupply

27th June 2003 Despite good demand for ferrochrome globally, market prices have remained under pressure as result of oversupply and the the Department of Minerals and Energy believes that more co-odination is needed in among South African producers to address the situation. 

Launch of metals-recovery empowerment project

By: Zonika Botha     13th June 2003 A consortium, comprising Mindev, a wholly-owned subsidiary of State-owned minerals researcher Mintek, Atoll, a joint venture between Mintek and Bateman Titaco, private company PGR Investments 17, and Sebeso, a black-empowered joint-venture between Leswikeng Minerals & Energy and Safika Resources,... 

Minerals trust raises education contribution

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd May 2003 The Minerals Education Trust has increased its contributions to a variety of tertiary-education institutions this year. 

Chrome company considering a $100m furnace expansion

By: Marius Roodt     16th May 2003 A $100-million furnace expansion is being investigated by South African Chrome and Alloys (SA Chrome) in partnership with a Chinese concern. 

Lwala opencast chrome project

2nd May 2003 Name of the project and location Lwala Opencast Chrome Project, located north of Steelport in the Limpopo Province. Project description The proposed project involves the development of an opencast mine, which may be developed in four phases. During the first phase a 200 m wide and up to 50 m pit... 

Ferrochrome sector is staring higher power tariffs in the face

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th April 2003 Electricity group Eskom’s metals-sector specialist, Charles Mahony, warned the expanding ferroalloys sector that it cannot be insulated from higher power prices in the future when he spoke at the Chromium 2003 conference in Johannesburg earlier this month. 

Empowerment needs support from traditional business – Ramaphosa

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     11th April 2003 Former African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Cyril Ramaphosa says the empowerment of previously-disaadvantaged people “will only take root and start to move” if it is actively supported by those who were least affected by apartheid. 

SA’s ferrochrome share expected to rise to 60%

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     11th April 2003 The South African ferrochrome industry’s share of global production is expected to increase to 60% – from 55% at present – by the end of next year, thanks to planned expansions and greenfield projects. 

EIA study on for new chrome-mine project

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th April 2003 An environmental-impact assessment (EIA) study is under way for Samancor Chrome’s proposed chrome-mining development project, located north of Steelpoort, in the Limpopo Province. 

Target date of 2005 for new chrome mine

By: Joanne Delaurentis     4th April 2003 The development of the new chrome mine on the farm Buffelsfontein on the western limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex is expected to get under way before the middle of this year, and completed in early 2005, Transvaal Ferro-Chrome CEO Ian Watson tells Mining Weekly. 

New ferrochrome smelter

4th April 2003 Name of the project and location New ferrochrome smelter, Richards Bay. Project description The project forms part of the strategic industrial projects, which offer a tax-free advantage of about R480-million. If the project is given the go-ahead 115 permanent jobs and 1 300 indirect jobs would be... 

Resources group upgrades plant

28th March 2003 A member of the Switzerland-based international natural resources group Xstrata, Xstrata Alloys, of Rustenburg, spent R8,5-million upgrading the kiln bag-house at its Lydenburg ferrochrome processing plant. 

SA Chrome signs deal with Chinese steel group

14th March 2003 Ferrochrome producer South African Chrome and Alloys Limited this week announced that it has signed a heads of agreement with Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (Jisco), the largest iron and steel producer in North West China, to undertake a feasibility study into the expansion of SA Chrome’s... 

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. 

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