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Chrome News

Project Lion roars to life with $190m investment

By: Helene Le Roux     11th March 2005 Diversified mining company Xstrata will be spending$190-million on its key growth project in South Africa, Project Lion, this year.?Construction started on the first stage of the 360 000 t/y ferrochrome project, in Mpumalanga, in late December. 

Chrome empowerment deal to be concluded soon 

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th February 2005 Metals and minerals company Assore is on the verge of consolidating yet another empowerment deal with its existing joint-venture partner, Mampa Investment Holdings. 

Samancor Chrome sold for $469m

By: jenny furness     25th February 2005 Mining giants BHP Billiton and Anglo American confirmed last week that they had reached agreement for the sale of Samancor Chrome to the Kermas Group, which has links to Russia, for an enterprise value of $469-million. 

After Angloplat smelter, project manager tackles Lion project

By: Liezel Hill     4th February 2005 Two years after completing the project-management of Anglo Platinum’s R1, 44-billion Polokwane smelter project, 20-year-old project house Greenblat & Hutton (G&H) is involved in another significant ferrochrome construction project. 

Resources giant's strong Aussie-Africa ties

By: abdul cook     28th January 2005 Mid-2001 saw the merger of Australia’s BHP Limited and UK-headquartered Billiton Plc to form BHP Billiton. 

Reports of preferred bidder for chrome sale

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2005 At the time of going to press, there was still no official word on the sale of Samancor Chrome, but it was understood that the process was well-advanced with some speculation that BHP Billiton – which owns 60% of the business with Anglo American owning the balance - may have identified a... 

BHP Billiton still distilling Samancor Chrome bids

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2005 There is still no official word on the sale of Samancor Chrome, but it is understood that the process is well advanced and there is even some speculation that BHP Billiton - which owns 60% of the business with Anglo American owning the balance - may have identified a preferred bidder. 

Ferrochrome accident report next week

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th January 2005 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) will next week release its report on the cause of a mining accident in which seven mineworkers were killed last month at a ferrochrome-mine in the North West Province. 

New stoking application at Samancor

7th December 2004 Furnace stoking is a harsh hazardous application and requires the use of robust reliable equipment to ensure that furnace temperatures are maintained within operating specifications. 

Samancor decision possible by year-end

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2004 Global diversified miner BHP Billiton expects a decision on the sale of Samancor Chrome before the end of the year, says spokesperson Michael Campbell. 

Xstrata permanently shuts SA vanadium operation

5th November 2004 London-listed miner Xstrata yesterday announced that it would permanentantly close its Vantech vanadium operation in Mpumalanga. 

Conditions place on Xstrata-Egalite merger

11th October 2004 The Competition Commission last week recommended to the Competition Tribunal that a large merger between Xstrata South Africa-Egalite Investments and International Carbon Holdings (ICH), referred to as African Carbon, be approved subject to conditions to address possible supply concerns in the... 

Miner launches new e-learning centre for Sebokeng

30th September 2004 Mining group Samancor Manganese this week launched a fourth learning and development centre at the Sebokeng library (Zone 7) following the success of similar projects in Sharpeville, Kagiso and Steelpoort. 

Contractor anticipates 5-year life for chrome-mining operation

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th September 2004 The Dwarsrivier chrome-mine underground mining contract was recently awarded to Murray & Roberts RUC, a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Murray & Roberts. 

Samancor invests in Midvaal health centre

21st September 2004 As part of its sustainable development activities within local communities, Samancor Manganese has invested some R1-million in the Midvaal Community Health Centre, which was opened last week. 

Chinese growth spurs R1,4bn SA ferrochrome project

By: Martin Creamer     17th September 2004 AustraliaFerrochromeProjectprint?The go-ahead for a new R1,4-billion ferrochrome project in South Africa was announced in Australia last week. 

Go-ahead for R1,4bn ferrochrome project

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2004 The go-ahead for a new R1,4-billion ferrochrome project in South Africa has been announced in Australia. 

Miner supports science learners

27th August 2004 Through its Metalloys operation, Samancor Manganese, yesterday announced the donation of science laboratory equipment to the Wilberforce Community College in Evaton, approximately 50 km south of Johannesburg as well as the improvement of the facilities housing the equipment. 

Ferrochrome project capex rises to R1,67bn on reconfiguration

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th August 2004 The first phase of the Lion ferrochrome-smelter project in Mpumalanga, being implemented by diversified resources group Xstrata and empowered minerals company South African Chrome and Alloys (SA Chrome), has been reconfigured to include the addition of a second kiln at a cost of R200-million. 

Chrome producer awards underground mining contract

17th August 2004 Contract miner Murray & Roberts RUC said yesterday it has secured the Dwarsrivier chrome-mine underground mining contract. 

Xstrata on commodity bull-run joy ride

By: Terence Creamer     13th August 2004 Surging commodity prices underpinned a sharp rise in first-half profits at diversified global miner Xstrata, which believes there is even more to come in the second half as the commodity bull-run continues. 

Chrome smelter awards transformer contract

21st July 2004 Technology group ABB Powertech Transformers has received an order for the manufacture of 4 x 26MVA 33/0,4kV – 0,23 MI 802-72,5kV furnace transformers to be supplied to Hernic Ferrochrome for a new smelter installation. 

Ferrochrome producer reports lower earnings

5th July 2004 South Africa’s SA Chrome and Alloys last week posted an operating loss before interest, tax and depreciation of R23,4-million for the financial year ended March 31. 

SA firm in ferrochrome offtake deal with China

30th June 2004 In the build-up to its imminent listing on the Australian Stock Exchange, International Ferro-Metals (IFM) – previously known as Transvaal Ferro-Chrome – has signed a framework agreement with the Chinese Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (Jisco). 

Assore concludes BEE joint venture

27th May 2004 Mining holding company Assore, through its wholly-owned subsidiary African Mining and Trust Company, and Mampa Investment Holdings have announced that they have agreed to structure a mining project in a unique deal. 

Competition body to hear case against Xstrata

12th May 2004 South Africa’s Competition Tribunal is set to hear an urgent application on Friday (May 14) against mining giant Xstrata South Africa and Rand York Minerals. 

Main contract awarded at chromite-to-PGMs treatment project

By: Zonika Botha     26th March 2004 A multimillion-rand turnkey contract to construct a chromite-ore tailings treatment plant at Aquarius Platinum’s Kroondal mine on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex has been awarded to Tawana Projects, a joint venture company formed between Bateman and ProPlant. 

. . . heralds entry of new SA technology

By: Keith Campbell     5th March 2004 INTERNATIONAL mining group Xstrata’s new Premus technology for the production of ferrochrome was developed here in South Africa. 

R1,25bn chrome project to be empowered . . .

By: Steven Chiaberta     5th March 2004 Swiss mining group Xstrata and empowered chrome producer South African Chrome & Alloys (SA Chrome) will jointly participate in phase one of Xstrata’s recently-announced Lion project. 

China’s ferrochrome prices slip on rising imports

1st March 2004 China's domestic ferrochrome prices have fallen around 10% in the last few weeks to align themselves with the price of surging imports, traders said on Friday. 

Xstrata-SA Chrome announce big empowered alliance

25th February 2004 Swiss mining group Xstrata and empowered chrome producer South African Chrome & Alloys (SA Chrome) yesterday announced that they had reached an agreement to establish a shared venture, known as Xstrata-SA Chrome, into which both companies will place their respective South African chrome and... 

Furnace contract for R1,1bn ferrochrome project

By: Zonika Botha     6th February 2004 South African smelting technology and equipment specialists Pyromet announced last week that the construction of the long-awaited R1,1-billion Tranvaal Ferrochrome project near Brits, in the North West Province, which was first announced about three years ago, should start before the middle of... 

Stainless growth underpins R1,25bn ferrochrome project

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 A hungry stainless-steel market is one of the driving forces behind the construction of London-listed Xstrata’s new R1,25-billion 330 000 t/y ferrochrome smelter in South Africa. 

Furnace construction more than a month ahead of schedule

By: renay de     12th December 2003 The expansion project at ASA Metals works in Steelpoort, Limpopo, involves the design, construction and commissioning of an additional submerged-arc furnace at the ferrochrome smelter. 

Construction work finished in September

By: renay de     12th December 2003 The civil construction of the Steelpoort ferrochrome smelter was awarded as a joint venture to a black empowerment subsidiary of Peter Mellor, Afro Projects, and Peter Mellor. 

Steel-hungry China may demand third smelter at Steelpoort

By: renay de     12th December 2003 The first furnace at ASA Metals’ Steelpoort Ferrochrome Smelter, in Steelpoort, Limpopo, which was commissioned in 1999, enabled the smelter to achieve production of 50 000 t/y. 

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. 

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