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Copper smelter refractory installation completed

By: Dylan Stewart South African furnace and industrial service provider Dickinson Group successfully installed  

Direct current arc furnace research and development focused on safety, efficiency

By: Dylan Stewart South African mineral and metallurgical innovation company Mintek is focusing on achieving greater safety and efficiency from its direct current furnaces, pyrometallurgy specialist consultant Rodney Jones tells Mining Weekly. 

Direct current arc furnace research and development focused on safety, efficiency
RODNEY JONES Electricity is the only feasible way to consistently and sustainably smelt ferrochromium which melts at 1 700°C

GEFA System AB

Established in Sweden in 1989, GEFA System AB focuses on automated ventilation and combustion technology for the metals and mining industry, while also offering automated wastewater treatment solutions. GEFA is a small company consisting mainly of qualified electrical and software development... 

GEFA System AB

Industry knowledge supported by website

By: Dylan Stewart Mining solutions provider, Feeco International, uses its website to not only promote the company but also further the overall knowledge of the kiln and dryer industries, Feeco International director of business development Brian Madigan states. 

Jewellery equipment manufacturer expands into metals processing

By: Dylan Stewart In responding to market trends and opportunities, South Africa-based induction-heating solutions company Hot Platinum (HPT) has gradually developed a new range of products applicable to metals processing in several industries. 

Malaysia ferroalloys project EPC 71% complete

By: Dylan Stewart Process and engineering service provider Metix is on schedule to complete the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of an infrastructure smelter complex for ferroalloy producer Sakura Ferroalloys, in eastern Malaysia, by March next year. 

Malaysia ferroalloys project EPC 71% complete
SAKURA FERROALLOYS PROJECT Metix has been responsible for the full construction of the project in eastern Malaysia

Black interests opting out of once-mighty ferrochrome business 

By: Martin Creamer Black South African interests are giving South Africa’s once-mighty ferrochrome business the cold shoulder. The value-adding pursuit, which puts six times more value into chrome and generates three times more jobs than mere raw chrome exportation, was last week ditched by Royal Bafokeng Holdings,... 

Black interests opting out of once-mighty ferrochrome business
Photo by Duane Daws
Ferrochrome produced in South Africa.

Recapturing SA market share top priority for new PPC chief

By: Terence Creamer Following his first 100 days as CEO of cement producer PPC, Darryll Castle reports that action plans have been put in place to more aggressively win back market share within South Africa, while pressing ahead with its high-potential African expansion strategy. A civil engineer by profession, but... 

Recapturing SA market share top priority for new PPC chief
PPC CEO Darryll Castle

Ferrochrome smelter uses significantly less electricity

By: Martin Creamer The Lion ferrochrome smelter, owned and operated by the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes to produce the equivalent volume of ferrochrome. In addition, the smelter needs far less coke than conventional smelters and uses significant... 

Ferrochrome smelter uses significantly less electricity
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPRESSIVE ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION The Lion ferrochrome smelter uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes

Smelter engineer delivers electrode columns for furnace project

By: David D‘ Oliveira South African smelter engineering firm Metix has successfully commissioned the electrode columns used in the C and D furnaces at the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture’s Lion Ferrochrome Phase 2 expansion project, in Steelpoort, Limpopo. Metix technology equipment manager Ivan Holl tells Mining... 

Smelter engineer delivers electrode columns for  furnace project
UPPER ELECTRODE COLUMNS The upper sections of the electrode column, comprising the slipping device, at the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture’s Lion Ferrochrome Phase 2 expansion project, in Steelpoort, Limpopo were lifted and secured to the supporting beams of the building

Installation team arrives at greenfield copper smelter

By: David D‘ Oliveira Minerals processing and smelter services company, Dickinson Group’s refractory installation crew has arrived at Canadian mining and metals company First Quantum Mineral’s (FQM’s) Kansanshi greenfield copper smelter project in Solwezi, Zambia, which is owned and operated by Zambian mining... 

Installation team  arrives at greenfield copper smelter
Photo by Dickinson Group
KANSANSHI SMELTER COMPLEX Dickinson Group’s refractory installation crew has arrived at the Kansanshi greenfield copper smelter project in Solwezi

SA supplier delivers cooling elements to Zambian smelter

By: David D‘ Oliveira Furnace component engineering and production company Thos Begbie has completed the manufacture and delivery of 24 copper cooling elements to an Isa Convert furnace at a Zambia-based smelter. Thos Begbie chairperson and CEO Edwin Dreyer notes that the copper cooling elements weigh between 1 t and... 

SA supplier delivers  cooling elements  to Zambian smelter
Photo by Christo Greyling
EDWIN DREYER Zambia-based companies are first class and have the technological abilities to compete globally, as does South Africa

Focusing on care and maintenance

By: Mia Breytenbach Although local furnace and industrial services company Dickinson Group has undertaken more than 90 projects in furnace repairs, demolitions and installations for the mining, metals and minerals processing industry this year, it notes that furnace projects have decreased in magnitude, while... 

Focusing on care  and maintenance
FURNACE DEMOLITION Demolitions of a chrome mine furnace included lancing and removing the furnace trough and all furnace refractories

Increased demand for South African smelting tech

By: Pimani Baloyi As Africa’s mining industries consider new methods of processing precious metals and base metals, the demand for South African induction-heating technologies on the continent is increasing, says induction-heating solutions company Hot Platinum.  Hot Platinum MD Ali Brey tells Mining Weekly that... 

Increased demand for South African smelting tech
GOLD MELTING This high volume system melts up to 2 t of gold at a time

Accurate flue-gas measurements key for furnace efficiency

By: Pimani Baloyi When extracting and refining valuable geological materials from the earth, a variety of industrial combustion processes are required, says global instrumentation solutions manufacturer E Instruments International. Product manager Bill Freed explains that the combustion processes can emit highly... 

Heat treatment specialist to complete furnace installation

UK-based metallurgical services laboratory and heat treatment specialist Keighley Laboratories is nearing completion of a heat treatment facility, comprising a nitriding furnace and a nitrocarburising furnace, at its West Yorkshire headquarters. Keighley Laboratories reports that construction is... 

SA to host first global furnace conference

By: Pimani Baloyi The South African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) says it is ready for an influx of global furnace manufactures, users and related stakeholders as it prepares to host the first Furnace Tapping Conference at the Misty Hills Country Hotel, in Johannesburg, from May 27 to 29. Organising... 

SA to host first global  furnace conference
JOALET STEENKAMP While doing her PhD studies, Steenkamp identified the need for a furnace- tapping overview platform

Sector uncertainty causes project delay

By: Pimani Baloyi Scientific equipment supplier Wirsam Scientific and Precision Equipment has registered a decline in the number of projects that the company and its competitors are being contracted for, owing to the global economic downturn and local uncertainties. Wirsam Scientific’s product manager Marius de... 

Sector uncertainty  causes project delay
MARIUS DE JAGER There has been a delay in orders for laboratory equipment used to analyse test samples from mines

Smelting companies prepare for economic upturn

By: Pimani Baloyi There appear to be signs of a potential revival in furnace projects in sub-Saharan Africa, says electric furnaces and associated plant equipment supplier Tenova Pyromet, which is part of the international Tenova Mining & Minerals group. Tenova Pyromet MD Chris Oertel tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Smelting companies prepare for economic upturn
INDUSTRY REVIVAL Several of Tenova Pyromet's clients are considering the feasibility of new projects

South African furnace maker refurbs major refinery’s kilns

By: Pimani Baloyi South Africa-based kiln and furnace manufacturer Van Tuyl Kilns and Furnaces has been contracted to refurbish global precious metals refining and smelting company Rand Refinery’s two kilns in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, says Van Tuyl MD Ian McCullough. McCullough tells Mining Weekly that the project... 

South African furnace maker refurbs major  refinery’s kilns
IAN MCCULLOUGH Demand for furnaces is on the decline in South Africa

Tenova Pyromet to supply copper cooling technology to Xstrata Technology

By: Leandi Kolver Electric furnaces and associated plant equipment supplier Tenova Pyromet, part of the international Tenova Mining & Minerals Group, has been awarded a contract to supply its copper cooling technology to Xstrata Technology, the company said on Monday. This contract award followed the successful... 

Tenova Pyromet to supply copper cooling technology to Xstrata Technology

Technology solutions provider exhibits full mining services range

By: Ilan Solomons Total technology solutions provider to the global mining, minerals and bulk materials handling sectors Tenova Mining & Minerals, will showcase its comprehensive offering across the mining and minerals value chain at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape... 

Technology solutions provider exhibits full mining services range
Photo by Duane Daws
TOLLIE NEL Tenova Bateman’s capabilities and track record will be on exhibition at the Mining Indaba

Glencore Merafe’s Tswelopele project lauded for slashing energy use by 21%

By: Chantelle Kotze The implementation of chrome venture Glencore Merafe PSV’s R800-million Tswelopele project, undertaken at the venture’s Rustenburg ferrochrome smelting complex, saw it reduce its energy use from 3.95 MWh/t of ferrochrome produced in 2011/12 to 3.42 MWh/t of ferrochrome produced in 2013, which... 

Glencore Merafe’s Tswelopele project lauded for slashing energy use by 21%
TSWELOPELE PELLETISING AND SINTERING PLANT The Tswelopele project started in 2010 and was aimed at developing a 600 000 t/y chrome-fines pelletising and sintering plant at its Rustenburg operation

SA manufacturer delivers water-cooled components for Copperbelt mine

By: Zandile Mavuso Furnace component engineering and production company Thos Begbie has completed the manufacturing of water-cooled copper components for the Isasmelt furnace, based at TSX-listed First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Kansanshi mine on the Central African Copperbelt, in Zambia 

Furnace supplier ‘fully entrenched’ in Indian ferroalloys market

By: Samantha Moolman Having completed the cold commissioning of two 33 MVA ferro- and silicomanganese furnaces for India-based Sarda Metals and Alloys (Smal) in January, high-capacity electric smelting furnace designer and supplier Tenova Pyromet believes it has entrenched its position in India and is currently the... 

Company emphasises advantages of gas cleaning technology for SA ferroalloys industry

By: Gia Costella The recent power constraints and price hikes in the country should prompt the South African ferroalloy industry to consider using technology to turn furnace off-gas into energy, says Germany-based gas cleaning specialists Theisen Engineering. State-owned power utility Eskom’s yearly electricity... 

Company experiences success with rotary kiln division

By: Gia Costella Manufacturer and supplier to the mining, smelter and minerals processing industries, the Dickinson Group, established a dedicated rotary kiln division last year, focusing on all the furnace industries that use rotary kilns. CEO Trevor Dickinson tells Mining Weekly that this was in line with the... 

Depressed market causes company to revert to offshore work

By: Gia Costella Owing to the depressed market in South Africa, designer and supplier of high-capacity, electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces and complete smelting plants for the production of ferroalloys, base metals, slag cleaning and alloy refining, Tenova Pyromet, reports that it has increased the number... 

Engineering firm to focus on lowering costs of production for SA clients

By: Gia Costella South African smelter engineering firm Metix does not predict any major expansions in the South African ferroalloy industry in the next two years, owing to major industry challenges. The company, which forms part of global steel processing technology supplier SMS Siemag, notes that these industry... 

Improved production in first quarter due to furnace performance

By: Natalie Greve Resource company Merafe Resources improved its ferrochrome production in the first quarter of 2013 by 3% over the comparative 2012 period on the back on enhanced overall furnace performance, realising attributable production of 67 000 t. The furnaces, at the company’s Tswelopele pelletising plant... 

Success for kiln specialist with redesigned heating system

By: Gia Costella Furnace and carbon regeneration kiln specialists Custom Furnaces says its redesigned heating system for carbon regeneration kilns has been well received by the gold mining industry in South Africa, as it reduces downtime by at least 30 hours. “In 2010, we redesigned the heating system using... 

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