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Second JV furnace switched on

The second new furnace at the Wonderkop ferrochrome plant in South Africa, a joint venture between Xstrata and Samancor, a subsidiary of BHP Billiton, has been switched on. 

Concentrator proves popular in ferrochrome processing

Increasing acceptance of Multotec Process Equipment's spiral concentrators in the ferrochrome industry has seen four installations of these spiral separation plants commissioned at Southern African and foreign mines over the past 18 months. 

Ferrochrome strike looms

Close to 800 workers at Xstrata in Rustenberg, North West Province, could embark on strike action after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the company failed to resolve a two-month dispute. 

Green hurdle for chrome

By: System Author Final investigation into the potential environmental impact of Samancor’s proposed R1,5-billion ferrochrome smelter near Mooinooi, North West Province, is continuing. 

June D-day for chrome study

By: System Author A feasibility study into the viability of South African Chrome and Alloys installing a R250-million ferro-chrome smelter at Boshoek, near Rustenburg in the North West Province, is to be completed by the end of June. 

New age dawns for chrome producer

By: System Author The future of Associated Manganese Mines of South Africa’s (Assmang’s) ferrochrome operations will be assured by the development of the Dwarsrivier chromium-mine, in Mpumalanga. 

Chrome producer increases production to 800 000 t/y

By: System Author Ferrous Metals and Minerals 

Third furnace at 100% and fourth one being considered

By: System Author Ferrous metals & minerals 

Chinese commission chrome smelter

By: System Author A newcomer among local ferrochrome producers will boost South Africa’s status as the leading and growing supplier of ferrochrome to the world. 

Changing fortunes at chrome supplier

By: System Author Dwarsrivier Chrome Mine 

Ferrochrome production ‘could double’

By: System Author Chromite mining and benefication company Hernic Ferrochrome forecasts that ferrochrome production in Southern Africa could double in the next ten years, to supply 75% of world demand. 

Chrome mine goes underground

By: System Author The fourth-largest ferrochrome producer in the world, Hernic Ferrochrome, will start development of an underground mining operation to the value of R50-million before the end of the year. 

Base-metal mines return to basics

By: System Author Base Metals 

Chrome’s come-back kid

By: System Author Come-back kid South Witwatersrand Exploration Company (Sowits) is planning a return to the South African mining scene with its new chrome-mining interests which will give rise to the construction of a new multimillion-rand ferrochrome plant. 

Action on chrome front

By: System Author wo major actions are under way affect- ing Anglovaal Mining’s (Avmin’s) chrome interests. Most important is board go-ahead for R190-million for a mine at Dwarsrivier, and R45-million has been allocated for upgrading three Machadodorp plant chrome furnaces from 24 MVA to 30 MVA, and... 

R1,2bn capex to 2004

By: System Author Capital expenditure of R1,2-billion in the next five years is planned by iron-ore, manganese and chrome producer The Associated Manganese Mines of South Africa (Assmang), Anglovaal Mining (Avmin) ferrous metals director Jan Steenkamp tells Mining Weekly. Major developments included in the... 

900 g/t PGM grade

By: System Author It is essential that the correct balance be struck between the grade and recovery of the platinum-group metals (PGMs) at Kroondal Platinum Mine (KPM) – the higher the grade, the lower the recovery, metallurgical manager Gordon Ramsay tells Mining Weekly. “We expect to see a PGM grade... 

Software aids distribution

By: System Author AS a key supplier of chromium and manganese products to steel industries worldwide, Samancor will use the SAP business enterprise software solution to achieve shorter turnaround times. Samancor is the world’s largest integrated producer, by sales, of manganese and chrome products and over... 

Ferrochrome

By: System Author THE installation of the electrics and instrumentation for the ferrochrome smelter at Dilokong chromium mine was completed at the end of last month by RBF Technology. For this tight-scheduled project, RBF was contracted by specialist in electric arc furnace design and manufacture, Pyromet. The 27... 

Breaking chrome ingots down to size

By: System Author A special modification carried out to a Bell 310 SE backhoe loader, involving the fitting of a hammer attachment, has efficiently converted it into a cost-effective tool for the rugged and arduous task of breaking down chromium ingots. Elander van der Bergh’s Elisha Plant Hire (EPH) is able... 

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