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Ferrous Metals News

Construction of R30m metal-recovery plant under way in Mpumalanga

By: Jade Davenport     1st December 2006 Construction of a R30-million metal-recovery plant has officially started at local ferrochrome producer ASA Metals’ Dilokong chrome mine, in Mpumulanga. 

Sanje Hill iron-ore project

13th October 2006 Universal Mining & Chemical Industries (UMCIL) is investing in a 200 000 t/y integrated iron and steel works at Kafue. The project is to be implemented on a backward integration in phases starting first with a steel mill to process iron and steel scraps into various rolled products to include... 

Khumani mine

29th September 2006 The project will involve the development of a greenfields 8,4-million-ton-a-year iron-ore export mine on the Bruce, King, and Mokaning farms in the Northern Cape. A second-phase expansion to 16-million tons is already being considered. 

Khumani mine

22nd September 2006 The project will involve the development of a greenfields 8,4-million-ton-a-year iron-ore export mine on the Bruce, King, and Mokaning farms in the Northern Cape. A second-phase expansion to 16-million tons is already being considered. 

Kiruna iron-ore mine modernisation

22nd September 2006 The orebody in Kiruna is about four kilometers long and has an estimated depth of two kilometers. To date, about one-billion tons of the ore base has been mined. A mine must be sunk at regular intervals to enable the mining operation to continue. 

Manganese project

22nd September 2006 Russian firm Renova is undertaking a feasibility study for the development of a value chain, comprising a manganese mine and sinter plant in the Kalahari, a ferroalloy smelter at Coega and the export of bulk manganese-ore through the new Port of Ngqura, adjacent to the Coega Industrial... 

Sishen Expansion Project

15th September 2006 The project will entail the expansion of iron-ore production at the Sishen mine, which will start in 2006 with an additional three-million tons and ramp up to complete a ten-million-ton addition to the mine's output in 2008. 

Kumba says BEE, split to be finalised by end September

By: Mariaan Webb     6th September 2006 Diversified-miner Kumba Resources said that it would finalise its R16-billion black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal, which would see the company split into two entities, Exxaro and Kumba Iron Ore, by month-end. 

Tata wants to mine South Africa's chrome, manganese, coal and iron-ore

By: Helene Le Roux     1st September 2006 A new Indian force is about to enter the South African mining industry. Indian diversified industrial giant Tata has announced that its sub-sidiary, Tata Steel, is investigatingopportunities to mine chrome, manganese, coal and iron-ore in South Africa. The announcement was made at the official... 

SA industry will hit wall if chromite-ore exports persist

By: Laura Tyrer     18th August 2006 South Africa’s ferrochromium industry can anticipate a bleak future if chromite-ore exports to China persist, cautions Mintek CEO Dr Paul Jourdan. 

Buffelsfontein ferrochrome-mine and smelting plant

11th August 2006 The Buffelsfontein operation will be the first chromium operation in South Africa that has a processing plant adjacent to the mine, and is expected to be one of the lowest-cost producers of ferrochrome in the world. 

Merafe plans to move into Chinese ferrochrome market by end of year

By: Jade Davenport     11th August 2006 South African ferrochrome producer Merafe Resources is confident that it will be able to make supply inroads into the rapidly expanding Chinese market by the end of this year. 

Lion ferrochrome project

4th August 2006 The project comprises the construction of furnaces to produce a million tons a year of lower-silicon ferrochrome. The smelter will eventually be expanded into a million-tons-a-year complex by the implementation of phases two and three. 

Nkomati chrome operatio

28th July 2006 African Rainbow Minerals (Arm) and LionOre Mining co_owners of the Nkomati nickel mine have announced the approval of a 60 000-t/m chrome-ore mining and processing operation, following completion of a feasibility study in June 2006. 

Karara iron-ore project

28th July 2006 The Karara project tenements cover approximately 150 km2 of highly prospective banded iron formation and includes the four-kilometre-long Karara magnetite deposit and surrounding high-grade hematite ore deposits. 

JSE-listed chrome producer strengthes alliance with giant

By: Laura Tyrer     21st July 2006 JSE-listed Merafe Resources saw its participation in the Xstrata-Merafe Chrome Venture increase from 17,5% to 20,5% as of July 1, this year. 

Khumani mine

21st July 2006 The project will involve the development of a greenfields 8,4-million-ton-a-year iron-ore export mine on the Bruce, King, and Mokaning farms in the Northern Cape. A second-phase expansion to 16-million tons is already being considered. 

Chrome entrant officially opens mine, smelter on track

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2006 Chrome entrant International Ferro Metals (IFM) had officially opened its chromite mine at a ceremony attended by representatives of the South African, Chinese and Australian governments, the company said in a statement released on Thursday. 

Nkomati chrome operation

17th July 2006 African Rainbow Minerals (Arm) and LionOre Mining co_owners of the Nkomati nickel mine have announced the approval of a 60 000-t/m chrome-ore mining and processing operation, following completion of a feasibility study in June 2006. 

Sishen expansion project

14th July 2006 The project will entail the expansion of iron-ore production at the Sishen mine, which will start in 2006 with an additional three-million tons and ramp up to complete a ten-million-ton addition to the mine's output in 2008. 

BHP Billiton sees continued strong demand for iron-ore, manganese and metallurgical coal

By: Helene Le Roux     14th July 2006 The world’s largest diversified mining company BHP Billiton believes that the strong demand for carbon-steel materials will continue, mainly based on the growing Chinese economy. 

New cost-saving technology unlocks local potential of manganese fines 

By: Helene Le Roux     7th July 2006 The commercialisation of South African-developed technology to improve the beneficiation of manganese ore into ferromanganese is advancing with the support of the world’s largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton. 

R1,5bn Buffelsfontein chrome project on scedule

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2006 International Ferro Metals’ (IFM’s) Buffelsfontein chromite mining operation near Mooinooi, in the North West, is to open officially at 

Full steam ahead for Northern Cape iron-ore expansion

By: Matthew Hill     23rd June 2006 While Kumba Resource’s Sishen Expansion project (SEP) has recently passed the 30% completion mark, current production at Sishen is being maximised to try to meet the market’s demands. “The market is putting pressure on Kumba and other local iron-ore producers to increase... 

Local drum reclaimers for iron-ore expansion

23rd June 2006 Boasting one of the largest facilities of its type in the world, DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering Vereeniging has been commissioned by Krupp Materials Handling to manufacture the two TAS 40 drum reclaimers for the Sishen Expansion Project.?The company has a successful record of accomplishment in... 

Firm clinches contract for South Africa’s largest apron feeder

23rd June 2006 Vereeniging-based Metso Minerals has been awarded its largest single value orders for apron feeders world wide. ?The company is currently manufacturing an apron feeder for the primary gyratory crusher discharge as well as a further four units for the stockpile reclaim for the Sishen Expansion... 

Sishen thickeners on site by year-end

By: Matthew Hill     23rd June 2006 Johannesburg-based GL&V South Africa has been awarded a contract to supply two thickeners to treat fine residue from the jig plant at the Sishen Expansion Project (SEP) at Sishen iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape. 

Local firm to supply 18 jigs to Sep

23rd June 2006 Johannesburg-based Allmineral, South Africa subsidiary of the Duisburg Concern, has been contracted by Kumba Resources to supply 18 alljigs to its Sishen mine in the Northern Cape. 

Iron-ore expansion on track

By: Matthew Hill     23rd June 2006 But capex up by R609-million 

Local firm secures R20m screen, feeder order

By: Matthew Hill     23rd June 2006 Locally-owned vibrating equipment supplier Joest has recently won a R20-million contract to supply the Sishen Expansion project (SEP) with its vibrating screens and feeders. 

Sishen Expansion Project Fact Box

By: Matthew Hill     23rd June 2006 Project: Sishen Expansion Project Description: The Sishen Expansion Project is a brownfields project set to increase Kumba Resources’ Sishen iron-ore mine’s current production of 28-million tons by 10-million tons by 2008. Sep will have some 350 permanent employees and will involve 1... 

El Mutun iron-ore mine

23rd June 2006 India's Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) has been awarded the development rights for the 20-billion-ton reserve El Mutun iron-ore mine in Bolivia. 

Hope Downs iron-ore project

9th June 2006 The Hope Downs iron-ore deposits are located in the Pilbara region, about 1 000 km north of Perth. Three distinct iron-ore deposits make up the project: Hope 1, Hope 2 and Hope 3. The initial mine development will be based on Hope 1. The planned development of Hope Downs 1 forms the core of the... 

Buffelsfontein ferrochrome-mine and smelting plant

2nd June 2006 The Buffelsfontein operation will be the first chromium operation in South Africa that has a processing plant adjacent to the mine, and is expected to be one of the lowest-cost producers of ferrochrome in the world. 

Hope Downs iron-ore project

2nd June 2006 The Hope Downs iron-ore deposits are located in the Pilbara region, about 1 000 km north of Perth. Three distinct iron-ore deposits make up the project: Hope 1, Hope 2 and Hope 3. The initial mine development will be based on Hope 1. The planned development of Hope Downs 1 forms the core of the... 

Hope Downs iron-ore project

26th May 2006 The Hope Downs iron-ore deposits are located in the Pilbara region, about 1 000 km north of Perth. Three distinct iron-ore deposits make up the project: Hope 1, Hope 2 and Hope 3. The initial mine development will be based on Hope 1. The planned development of Hope Downs 1 forms the core of the... 

Investment firm wins prospecting rights

By: Jade Davenport     19th May 2006 Private investment firm, Renova Investments Gabon, was recently granted a prospecting authorisation by the Ministry of Mines, Energy, Petrol and Water Resources of the Republic of Gabon for the exploration of manganese, platinum group metals, gold and uranium. 

Sishen expansion project

12th May 2006 The project will entail the expansion of iron-ore production at the Sishen mine, which will start in 2006 with an additional three-million tons and ramp up to complete a ten-million-ton addition to the mine's output in 2008. 

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