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Diversified Miners News

New KZN mines to satisfy 2006 TiO2 demand

By: Marius Roodt     12th July 2002 The heavy-mineral sands division of Kumba Resources and the Australian-listed titanium-dioxide (TiO2) feedstock producer Ticor, will have spent about R2,5-billion locally in its drive to become the world’s third largest TiO2 feedstock producer by 2005. 

Feasibility study concluded for $500-million Corridor Sands

By: Marius Roodt     12th July 2002 One of the world’s largest minerals companies, Western Mining Corporation (WMC) of Australia, which has an option to become the majority shareholder in the $500-million Mozambican Corridor Sands project, has completed a bankable feasibility study early this month, providing impetus for the... 

Mozambique's first ilmenite mine on track

By: Marius Roodt     12th July 2002 Irish mining firm Kenmare Resources will be ranked as one of the top five titanium producers in the world once its Moma project in Mozambique comes on stream in 2004. 

Kolwezi copper project restructured

12th July 2002 Mining companies America Mineral Fields (AMZ) and Anglo American yesterday announced that the shareholding of their joint venture company Congo Mineral Developments (CMD), the entity which holds their interests in the Kolwezi cobalt-copper tailings project in the Democratic Republic of Congo... 

Gov and AngloPlat reach agreement

11th July 2002 After a number of meetings between the Department of Minerals and Energy and Anglo Platinum an agreement, which is subject to ratification by the Anglo Platinum board and the Minister of Minerals and Energy, has been reached. 

Second furnace approved for KZN smelter

10th July 2002 The shareholders of the Ticor South Africa project located in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, Ticor and Kumba Resources, have announced that their respective boards have approved the construction of the second furnace at the smelter currently being built. 

Platinum leader to release statement on licences row

10th July 2002 World number one platinum producer Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) said yesterday it would release a statement on its lawsuit against the government amid reports that it had reached a deal to end a row over mining licences. 

Energy coal slump to be shortlived

10th July 2002 Diversified miner BHP Billiton yesterday said that a slump in global energy coal prices was likely to be shortlived. 

R1,3bn smelter passes halfway mark

By: Marius Roodt     9th 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. 

Resources group’s steel spin-off oversubscribed

8th July 2002 Share allocations in BHP Billiton’s steel spin-off were likely to close oversubscribed based on the response to the retail offer and indications from institutions, sources said on Friday. 

Low-cost zinc production by year-end

By: marisa rodrigues     5th July 2002 Over 96 % of the engineering work and over 75% of the construction work had been completed at Anglo American’s Skorpion zinc project by the end of May this year. 

Biodiversity hot-spot preserved

By: marisa rodrigues     5th July 2002 As part of its focus on sustainability, Anglo American and its construction team, the Skorpion Project Joint Venture (SPJV), have placed much emphasis on preserving and rehabilitating the desert environment at the site of its Namibian Skorpion zinc project. 

R10m contract nears completion

By: marisa rodrigues     5th July 2002 The frame agreement for all the on-off control valves for the Skorpion project was awarded to Dupleix Liquid Meters (DLM) in October last year. 

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. 

Polokwane smelter (platinum project)

By: Vanessa Bowler     5th July 2002 Name of the project and location Polokwane smelter, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Project description Anglo Platinum (AngloPlat) is developing a R1,3-billion platinum-group metals (PGMs) smelter near Polokwane. It is tailored to smelt upper group two (UG2) ore. The smelter will be the largest... 

State, PGM leader seek solution to differences

5th July 2002 Government and the world’s leading platinum producer, Anglo Platinum, has established a three-a-side committee to facilitate the finding of an amicable solution to the problem regarding the processing of mining applications. 

Black mining firm takes stake in coal junior

4th July 2002 The black empowerment company, Umnotho we Sizwe, headed by Dr Luvuyo Ntshona, and mid-tier diversified mining company Metorex have signed an agreement whereby Umnotho has earned an initial 8% stake in Metorex’s Wakefield coal division. 

UK miner to raise cash for SA venture

4th July 2002 UK miner Cluff Mining today said it was raising $29-million through a sale of new shares to fund a South African joint venture with Anglo American Platinum (Angloplat). 

Research house cuts expectations for resources majors

4th July 2002 Research house Salomon Smith Barney has lowered its earnings forecast for diversified miners BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. 

Zambia says copper miner's exit details out in three weeks

3rd July 2002 Zambia earlier this week said that a final agreement on the exit of Anglo American from its troubled mining venture was almost concluded and a memorandum of understanding would be signed within three weeks. 

Resources group studies new coal-mine

3rd July 2002 Anglo Coal is studying a new underground mine at the Zondagsfontein coal reserves between Ogies and Leandra, in Mpumalanga, Mining Weekly Online can disclose. 

New platinum deal in Mpumalanga

3rd July 2002 Mining giant Anglo Platinum has announced that it has reached a principle agreement with Cluff Mining to establish a joint venture to prospect and potentially develop the Sheba’s Ridge platinum project in Mpumalanga. 

SA platinum leader ranks four on Top 100 index

1st July 2002 Mining giant Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is rated fourth in Deloitte Research’s newly released “Global Manufacturing 100 Index,” which identifies the world’s top 100 manufacturing companies based on current as well as future expected performance. 

Mining giant increases stake in SA gold major

28th June 2002 Mining giant Anglo American said on Friday it had raised its stake in Gold Fields by 3,9%, bringing its holding in South Africa's second-largest gold producer to 20%. 

Mechanisation exceeds expectations at mine

28th June 2002 World-class development rates are being exceeded with equipment supplied by Sandvik Tamrock to the contractors doing development work at Modikwa mine in the Limpopo Province. 

Concentrator plant automation system commissioned

By: vanessa vasques     28th June 2002 The automation and drives division of technology giant Siemens has supplied the Modikwa platinum project with a automation system with redundant networks used to control the concentrator plant on the mine. 

R25m electrical distribution for Modikwa

28th June 2002 Elandsfontein-based switchgear and electrical distribution specialist ABB Reyrolle has completed a R25-million order for the design, manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of all the 33 kV and 11 kV electrical distribution systems at Anglo Platinum’s Modikwa Mine near... 

New-generation design software employed for conveyor

By: vanessa vasques     28th June 2002 A challenging situation soon became a vantage point for engineering and project management company ETS when it was requested by Anglo Platinum to use a relatively new design software to design the conveyor system for the Modikwa platinum-mine. 

Structural integrity key in walkways award

28th June 2002 Optimum structural integrity has been cited as the main reason why Anglo Platinum specified Dieline Walkways and WeCroLok Handrailings for installation at the Modikwa platinum project. 

Safety and training drive delivers

By: vanessa vasques     28th June 2002 Well over two million working hours have been clocked on the construction of the Modikwa platinum-mine concentrator project without any fatalities and with only two lost-time injuries incurred. 

Systems minimise effect of behaviour on safety

By: Laura Franz     28th June 2002 Supplier of integrated safety, health, environmental and quality (SHEQ) risk-management services, IRCA, is in the process of implementing its behaviour intervention technologies and business management systems at the Anglo Platinum Converting Process (ACP) project, in Rustenburg. 

Sulphuric acid plant's R4,5m lining completed

By: Laura Franz     28th June 2002 In March this year, corrosion protection specialist Industrial Acid Proofing, of the East Rand, completed a R4,5-million contract at the Anglo Platinum Converting Process (ACP) plant, based in Rustenburg. 

R16-million glass reinforced polyester vessels commissioned

28th June 2002 Designer, manufacturer and erector of glass-reinforced polyester products for the mining, metallurgical and chemical industries Speedmark Plastics, which recently became a subsidiary of the Amiantit Group, of Saudi Arabia, has completed a R16-million contract at the Amplats Waterval Smelter plant... 

Electrical and control installation near finish

28th June 2002 Electrical and instrumentation (E & I) specialist Wade Walker has announced that it is in the process of completing the E & I contract at the concentrator plant on the Modikwa platinum-mine located on the Eastern Limb of the Bushveld Complex. 

Vanadium producer targets long-term contracts

28th June 2002 Vanadium producer Xstrata is continuing its policy of targeting long-term consumer deals at the expense of spot sales, the Swiss-based company said earlier this week. 

Resources giant to close SA lead-zinc mine

26th June 2002 Global minerals producer BHP Billiton said yesterday tough market conditions meant it would close the Pering lead zinc mine in South Africa ahead of schedule. 

Platinum major responds to Minerals Bill

25th June 2002 A press statement issued by Anglo Platinum reads as follows: There has been considerable press coverage of the passage of the new Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Bill (the Bill) during the recent parliamentary debates. 

Sierra Leone looks to restart titanium mine

21st June 2002 Sierra Leone's titanium ore mine, shut by a brutal war in 1995, is looking for a $114-million World Bank loan to restart work at the biggest known rutile deposit within a year, the mines minister said. 

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