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Furnaces and Kilns News

Gold refinery rebrands

     16th March 2012 South African gold refinery Rand Refinery has relaunched its brand and corporate identity in line with the organisation’s new growth and diversification strategy which is aimed at expanding into new regions, most notably Asia and Western Europe, while expanding its product portfolio. 

Tenova to give Bateman wider market presence in Chile, Australia 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2012 Mining project house Bateman Engineering is expected to be given a wider market presence in both South America and Australia following its acquisition by Tenova of Italy. Tenova CEO Gianluigi (Gigi) Nova reports that Tenova’s $150-million (R1.2-billion) acquisition of Bateman has already secured... 

Mining-heavy SA industry group issues carbon tax warning 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2012 An industry lobby group comprising large mining groups and mineral processing companies is cautioning against the proposed introduction of a carbon tax in South Africa until South Africa has fully charted its abatement potential and the costs implications of implementing its renewable-energy... 

Acquisition brings new furnace technology to South Africa

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     20th January 2012 Smelter engineering firm Metix has been able to provide the mining industry with technology that was previously not available in South Africa, following the company’s acquisition by global steel processing technology supplier SMS Siemag.  

Operations at emulsion plant stepped up

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th September 2011 Explosives supplier BME says it is continually increasing production at its Kansanshi emulsion manufacturing plant, in Zambia, to accommodate rising demand.  

Alternative fuels and raw materials fire cement producer’s kilns

     20th May 2011 Greening its operations is a business imperative for cement group AfriSam, which is currently successfully using alternative raw materials to fire the kiln at its Ulco plant, in the Northern Cape. “Conventionally, coal is used to fire kilns to the intense temperatures required. In using... 

Barro Alto to reach full production by second half of 2012

     20th May 2011 Making use of low-risk proven technology and a rotary kiln electric furnace process, diversified miner Anglo American expects its $1,9-billion Barro Alto nickel project, in Brazil, to reach full production capacity in the second half of 2012.  

Fibre optics enables temperature mapping

     20th May 2011 Consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch reports it has developed a Tapblock Fibre Optic Temperature Measurement System that provides accurate temperature readings from previously inaccessible locations inside a furnace. Hatch global director of control technologies Terry... 

Fly ash handling system to improve platinum miner’s operation

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2011 Materials handling company Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) is currently supplying a fly ash handling system to platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) to improve the operation of its boiler system. CBZ is part of Clyde Bergemann Power Group, a global group of companies supplying systems and... 

Kiln maintenance reduces operating margin

     20th May 2011 Junior mining resource company Canaf states the lower than traditional operating margin it experienced for the three months ending January 31, is a result of a maintenance shutdown at its South African calcined anthracite operation. 

Kiln maintenance reduces synthetic rutile production

     20th May 2011 Mineral sands producer Iluka reports synthetic rutile production decreased to 78 500 t during the March quarter, compared with the 87 300 t produced in the previous corresponding period. 

Soot blower range provides efficient build-up removal

     20th May 2011 Manufacturer and supplier of heat technology equipment Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) has made a strategic investment in Agram boiler energy and combustion management systems to provide clients with soot blowers that efficiently remove soot build-up from boiler tubes in foundries. 

€11-million lime calcining system to be delivered end 2011

     20th May 2011 Global supplier of sustainable technology and services for the mining industry Metso will supply a 900 t/d lime calcining system worth about €11-million to US-based manufacturer and supplier of magnesium oxide and magnesium hydroxide products Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties.  

Jubilee to buy near-term platinum-containing assets

By: Loni Prinsloo     5th April 2011 JSE- and Aim-listed Jubilee Platinum said on Tuesday that it had inked a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of a company that treats near-surface chrome ore bodies containing platinum group elements (PGE) and held certain mining and prospecting rights. Jubilee expected... 

Zambia’s KCM suspends operations at Nchanga smelter

By: Jonathan Faurie     4th February 2011 Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), which is owned by Indian mining najor Vedanta Resources, has temporarily suspended operations at its Nchanga smelter because of problems with the Nchanga smelter. 

Platinum projects on the rise for EPCM firm

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st January 2011 Local black-empowered engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) firm K’Enyuka MD Mike Symonds says that the company has noticed increased activity in platinum projects recently. 

Allied Furnace Consultants maintains robust growth through the recession

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th August 2010 Boksburg-based Allied Furnace Consultants (AFC), an innovative young company specialising in the design and manufacture of arc furnaces and associated equipment used in the production of ferroalloys, has been left unscathed by the economic recession thanks to the application of a business model... 

First commercial ConRoast DC furnace by 2011

By: Loni Prinsloo     21st July 2010 Aim- and JSE-listed Jubilee Platinum said on Wednesday that it envisaged the completion of its first commercial ConRoast DC furnace by early 2011. Jubilee CEO Colin Bird said that it had appointed Environmental & Process Solutions to undertake an engineering and design study (EDS), to fast track... 

Copper foundry company eyeing Joburg, Toronto listings 
by next May

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st May 2010 Copper foundry, component engineering and production company Thos Begbie & Company (TB&CO) is positioning itself for a duel listing on the JSE and the Toronto Stock Exchange by May 2011. 

Australian steel producer reports blast furnace 
incident

     7th May 2010 Australian steel manufacturer OneSteel reported that, following stoppages on its Whyalla blast furnace after a localised failure of an expansion joint, which resulted in a small discharge of hot material, the company has now completed the required repairs to the Whyalla blast furnace, but has... 

Foundry company awarded contract with mining giant

     7th May 2010 Headgear sheave wheel manufacturer Kew Foundries has been awarded the contract to replace existing deflection sheave wheels on mineral resources miner Rio Tinto’s Palabora mine, in Phalaborwa, in Limpopo province. 

Furnace designer starts up Consteel at US plant

     7th May 2010 Metals manufacturer Commercial Metals Company (CMC) has completed the successful start-up of a new Consteel system, designed and supplied by international furnace designer Tenova Core. 

Heavy lifting company assists with Namibian smelter

     7th May 2010 Heavy-lifting specialist Vanguard has completed a project involving the transportation and rigging into position of a cold box and exchanger for use in a smelting plant in Tsumeb, in Namibia. 

Insulating company emphasises energy saving in furnace industry 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     7th May 2010 Energy saving is becoming a major concern for the mining industry and will become a huge selling point for industries. The South African mining industry has been particularly hard hit by State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision to raise electricity prices by around 25% a year over the next... 

International furnace company says power crisis is a major challenge

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     7th May 2010 International furnace designer and supplier Tenova Pyromet technical sales and marketing manager Andre Esterhuizen tell Mining Weekly that a major cause for concern in the industry is the current power supply crises in South Africa. 

Mining giant reports furnace shutdown

     7th May 2010 Platinum-group metals producer Lonmin reports that it had shut down its No 1 furnace at the end of March following yet another matte run-out. 

Submerged arc furnaces commissioned in 
international plants

     7th May 2010 International plant supplier SMS Siemag has successfully commissioned two submerged arc furnaces (SAF) for the production of silicon metal at Chinese
manufacturer of metallurgical silicon China Bluestar International Chemicals.  

Evolving technology leads to more efficient furnaces

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th August 2009 Furnace design and supply company Tenova Pyromet reports that its submerged arc furnace (SAF) technology is continuously evolving toward the goal of bigger, safer, cleaner and more effective operations. 

ASA Metals’ 600 000-t/y sinter plant nearing completion

By: Jonathan Faurie     5th June 2009 Diversified engineering company Metix reports that it is nearing completion on Project Sunrise at ASA Metals’ ferrochrome plant near Burgersfort, in Limpopo. 

Company provides Brazilian plant with six furnace control systems

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products provider Mintek has installed its sixth FurnStar-Minstral, an advanced process control (APC) system for furnaces, at the Cia Ferro Ligas da Bahia (Ferbasa) plant in Bahia State, Brazil. The installation at Ferbasa brings the total number... 

Explosions at Randburg furnace

     8th May 2009 On March 27, 2009, a failure occurred at a test furnace at the Mintek facilities in Randburg, which caused a series of minor explosions and the emission of a cloud of smoke. 

Flash dryer delivered on time and within budget

     8th May 2009 K’Enyuka has delivered the Impala Platinum flash dryer project to Implats with a zero lost time injury frequency rate on budget and on time. 

Furnace shuts down owing to market conditions

     8th May 2009 Diversified resources group Exxaro Resources has taken a decision to expedite the commencement of the relining of Furnace 1 at Namakwa Sands. 

High-temperature 
solutions specialist 
provides new technology

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 High temperature solutions company Insulcon South Africa (SA), an autonomous division of the global Insulcon group has launched Foamfrax, a ceramic fibre foam which provides insulation in environments ranging from 1 260 °C to 1 600 °C. 

Minerals recovery company 
develops innovative 
process technology  

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Advanced Mineral Recovery Technologies (AMRT) has developed a broadly applicable technology aimed at treating the waste streams from mining and mineral processing operations, while recovering the valuable minerals they contain. 

Multiuse device suits the furnace industry

     8th May 2009 Process automation company Endress+Hauser once again sets the pace in recording technology with its Ecograph T, a paperless recorder that displays, records and transmits information.  

Smelting company financially secure despite adverse market conditions

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Smelting and technology equipment specialist Metix has reported a healthy financial bottom line. The company has a positive outlook for the year ahead despite local ferrochrome producers running at only 20% of its usual production. 

Smelting company kept busy with current projects

     8th May 2009 Designer and supplier of high-capacity electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces Tenova Pyromet will see the completion of various projects over the coming years. 

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