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Ferrous Metals News

Miner opposes sympathy strikes

     30th October 2001 Diversified miner BHP Billiton on Monday appealed against a court order which would allow workers at its South African aluminium and manganese units to join strikers at its ferrochrome plants. 

$350m HBI plant on cards for SA

     26th October 2001 The construction of a low-cost $350-million hot-briquetted iron (HBI) project in South Africa, is being promoted by minerals and metallurgical technology parastatal Mintek. 

Empowerment-in-mining plans

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th October 2001 Black economic empowerment (Bee) companies are set to benefit over the next few years from several projects worth billions of rands being promoted by mineral and metallurgical parastatal Mintek. 

Is iron-ore deal trade law friendly?

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2001 The complex iron-ore procurement arrangement at the heart of the Iscor-Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) unbundling deal, announced late last month, could raise the eyebrows of increasingly skittish competition authorities worldwide. 

Aussie magnesium plans progress

     17th October 2001 Gold-miner Normandy Mining’s 62%-owned subsidiary Australian Magnesium Corporation (AMC) announced arrangements for a capital raising for up to $525-million for the development of the Stanwell magnesium project. 

Strike hits ferrochrome output

     12th October 2001 Ferrochrome producer Samancor, a subsidiary of BHP Billiton, has cut 40 000 tons of its 850 000 tons annual output because of a wage strike that started on Thursday, a BHP Billiton spokesman said. 

‘China to cushion iron-ore prices’

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2001 South Africa’s leading iron-ore producer is confident that the commodity remains in decent shape despite current woes in the international steel sector, where talk of rationalisation is rife. 

Now ferrochrome strike looms

     10th October 2001 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said its members would embark on a wage strike from Thursday at the ferrochrome units of Samancor, a subsidiary of mining giant BHP Billiton. 

Chrome operation gets new machines

     5th October 2001 The reputation of Volvo equipment and the support provided Babcock Equipment has lead a Pretoria plant-hire company to purchase three materials-handling machines for its new opencast operations. 

SA iron-ore project less urgent after unbundling deal

By: Terence Creamer     2nd October 2001 The development of the Welgevonden iron-ore mine, in the Northern Cape, is likely to be less urgently pursued following last week’s unbundling agreement between Iscor and the the Industrial Development Corporation IDC. 

Firm saves R1,3m in new IT implementation

     14th September 2001 Iron, steel and mining giant Iscor saved R1,3 million within 195 days on its human resources datamart project, the first of seven projects it has undertaken with the Acta data-management solution, a 33% return on its original investment. 

Golden bid won’t force magnesium rethink

     12th September 2001 Australian Magnesium Corporation (AMC) said it would soon launch a revised equity raising to fund its A$1,3-billion magnesium plant in Queensland. 

Swiss group in new facility era

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 SWISS-based mining group Xstrata saw the commissioning of a number of important new facilities during the first half of this year. 

Ferrochrome electrical contract nears completion

     7th September 2001 A fast-track electrical and instrumentation contract on a furnace and sinter plant for Bateman Titaco at Assmang’s Machadodorp ferrochrome works is being completed by B&W Industrial Technology. 

SA miner pleads for sanity in Aussie iron-ore rail talks

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2001 Fledgeling South African mining group Kumba Resources – which is to list as an independent entity following the unbundling of steel and mining company Iscor later this year – is hoping that sanity will prevail as it begins negotiating access to rail infrastructure for its proposed... 

Big project push continues at manganese, chrome producer

     29th August 2001 Mining firm Associated Manganese Mines of South Africa has posted an 82,4% increase in earnings for the year ended June 30, 2001, at R231-million compared to R127-million reported in the previous year. 

Second JV furnace switched on

     20th August 2001 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. 

Start planned for big Oz iron-ore mine in 2002

     20th July 2001 The feasibility study for the Hope Downs iron-ore project in the Pilbara region of Australia is due to be concluded at the end of the year by which time the technical evaluation and financial modelling will be in place and the appropriate environmental submissions to the regulatory authorities... 

Concentrator proves popular in ferrochrome processing

     22nd June 2001 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

     15th June 2001 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. 

Largest crusher for iron-ore mine

     7th June 2001 Reportedly the largest Kawasaki cone crusher produced in South Africa has been manufactured by IMS Engineering for Assmang’s Beeshoek iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape. 

World's largest ferronickel plant

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st June 2001 A $310-million expansion, completed in December, has transformed resources company Billiton's Cerro Matoso operation, in Colombia, into the world's single largest high-quality ferronickel producer. 

Kiruna Sweden

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Mine 

Load-sharing backstops supplied to iron-ore mine

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Motors, drives & mechanical power transmission 

New iron-ore hope in Northern Cape

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 Assuming all goes well, Iscor’s Welgevonden iron-ore prospect could dramatically increase the group’s iron-ore exports within eight years. 

R18m magnesium study resumes

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Together with the Department of Science and Technology, Anglo American and Eskom, Mintek is proceeding with an R18-million project to reduce magnesium production costs by about 20%. 

Green hurdle for chrome

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Final investigation into the potential environmental impact of Samancor’s proposed R1,5-billion ferrochrome smelter near Mooinooi, North West Province, is continuing. 

Furnace technology applied to magnesium project

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Furnaces, kilns, ovens & dryers 

June D-day for chrome study

By: System Author     28th April 2000 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. 

Two maestros of manganese

By: System Author     7th April 2000 How father and son helped to ensure that the mineral earned South Africa billions in the past 60 years 

After R680m iron-ore project, plans for zinc and titanium

By: System Author     31st March 2000 It is common cause that resources group Iscor Mining has serious plans to move beyond the bread-and-butter of its iron-ore and coal-mines into base and heavy minerals. 

Gamsberg zinc manganese options being explored 

By: System Author     31st March 2000 In an interview with Anglo Base chief operating officer: zinc Peter Smith and vice-president project management: Mick Furman, Deputy Editor Terence Creamer discussed the progress of the current R97-million feasibility study and Anglo’s reasons for choosing openpit mining and the... 

New age dawns for chrome producer

By: System Author     10th March 2000 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     18th February 2000 Ferrous Metals and Minerals 

Third furnace at 100% and fourth one being considered

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Ferrous metals & minerals 

Chinese commission chrome smelter

By: System Author     28th January 2000 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     10th December 1999 Dwarsrivier Chrome Mine 

Ferrochrome production ‘could double’

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 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. 

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