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Ferrous Metals News

R1,2bn capex to 2004

By: System Author     30th July 1999 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... 

Action on chrome front

By: System Author     30th July 1999 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... 

A project six-pack

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Anglovaal Mining is in the throes of expanding on six fronts, the group’s largest brace of projects since its 1950s heyday. Under the leadership of CEO Rick Menell, 44 – a third-generation member of the family which co-founded the company – are multi-billion-rand initiatives in... 

Contract let for recovery

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Plans are under way for an iron- ore recovery plant to be constructed at Associated Manganese’s (Assmang’s) Beeshoek mine in the Northern Cape. Mining activities in the area over the past six years have resulted in the build-up of a large contaminated iron- ore dump. Contaminated... 

900 g/t PGM grade

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 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     4th June 1999 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... 


By: System Author     28th May 1999 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... 

Manganese-tailings treatment plant

By: System Author     7th May 1999 In November 1998, German company AKW A+V started up a manganese tailings treatment plant, with a capacity of 65 t/h, built for Ghana Manganese in Nsuta. This was made possible as a result of preliminary trials conducted with material from the company’s tailings ponds, deposited since the... 

It’s eat or be eaten for manganese

By: System Author     30th April 1999 In the existing no-growth global manganese market, it is either ‘eat or be eaten’, which explains why, when looking to expand its interests, Billiton went down under to acquire BHP’s Australian manganese assets for R2,4-billion in January this year. The assets acquired in the... 

Non-core activities divested

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The divestment of all of Iscor’s international exploration activities to Australian listed company Africwest Gold, has been announced in line with the company’s strategy to focus on its core business. Iscor chairperson Hans Smith reported earlier this month that the divestment of its... 

Greenhills British Columbia

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Name: Greenhills Operations Location: 8 km north-east of Elkford, British Columbia, Canada Brief description: The mine is Fording’s second-largest metallurgical/thermal coal-mine and has an annual production capacity of over 4,5-million tons of cleaned coal. In December 1992, Fording... 

Breaking chrome ingots down to size

By: System Author     12th February 1999 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... 

Iron mine linkage on track

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The R60-million project to link the new Beeshoek mid-south iron-ore mine with the original process plant is nearing completion, reports Exclusive Technical Services (ETS) project manager Colin Healy. He explains that ETS is responsible for the design, supply and erection of the installation, with... 

Ore railway line enhanced

By: System Author     12th February 1999 In order to improve efficiencies on the Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore railway line, Spoornet business unit Orex commissioned the development of a smart-cable to allow the use of diesel locomotives on the electrically-powered line. The first of 12 smart-cable sets were delivered to Orex in... 

Iron-ore conveyor installed at Saldanha

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A luffing boom stacker and conveyor has been installed at the port of Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape by Bateman Materials Handling. These form a system in which a single continuous belt with a variable-speed drive is used. This design reduced the cost of the system by eliminating the need for... 

Kiruna, Sweden

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Name: Kiruna Location: Sweden Products: Iron ore Mining method: The Kiruna crude ore is mined using sublevel caving. Kiruna’s current main haulage level is located at a depth of 775 m. Under the Future Production System (FPS), this level will be moved down to 1 045 m, which will allow... 

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