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Furnaces and Kilns News

Baken; Trans Hex’s gem

By: andrew lanham     19th March 2004 The year to March 2003 was winner for Trans Hex with the group producing a record number of carats. 

R26m platinum-from-chromite project has been announced

     19th March 2004 Platinum-miner Aquarius Platinum (AQP) announced last week that it is to lead a three-member consortium in a project to treat chromite tailings through a purpose-built plant at its Kroondal Mine in South Africa.? 

. . . heralds entry of new SA technology

By: Keith Campbell     5th March 2004 INTERNATIONAL mining group Xstrata’s new Premus technology for the production of ferrochrome was developed here in South Africa. 

Stainless growth underpins R1,25bn ferrochrome project

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 A hungry stainless-steel market is one of the driving forces behind the construction of London-listed Xstrata’s new R1,25-billion 330 000 t/y ferrochrome smelter in South Africa. 

Swedish miner sells gold operation

     26th January 2004 Swedish mining company Scanmining will sell all its ore from the Pahtavaara gold mine in 2004 to Belgian Umicore and Sweden's Boliden, Scanmining said on Thursday. 

SA Act opens way for transition from tanzanite to diamonds

By: candice haase     23rd January 2004 Operations at Afgem’s tanzanite-mine at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania are in a steady state, allowing the company to consider other prospects in the mining industry. 

Latest technology used in materials-handling system design

By: candice haase     12th December 2003 The entire materials-handling system at the Anglo Platinum and African Rainbow Minerals joint venture project, Modikwa, was designed by engineering and project managing specialist Exclusive Technical Services (ETS). 

Joint venture has strong focus on training

By: candice haase     12th December 2003 The joint venture between Anglo Platinum and ARM Mining Consortium on the Modikwa platinum-mine has created a team that draws from an array of expertise. 

Target date: 2005

By: candice haase     12th December 2003 By the first quarter of next year, Modikwa platinum-mine will be out of its ramp-up phase and into steady production for 2004. 

Brazil giant consolidates manganese interests

By: Keith Campbell     5th December 2003 BRAZILIAN mining, logistics, and energy group CVRD has announced that it has simplified the structure of its manganese ferro-alloy business. 

Firm launches mobile crusher innovation

By: nkolola halwindi     28th November 2003 Leading designer and manufacturer of bulk materials handling and minerals processing plant and equipment Osborn Engineered Products has launched what is reportedly South Africa’s first locally-manufactured primary jaw-crusher track unit. 

New plant may engage in third-party tailings treatment

By: Zonika Botha     12th September 2003 Last week saw the official opening of Chemwes, the wholly-owned subsidiary of environmental remediation company Mine Waste Solutions (MWS). 

Copper production matches design output

By: Jill Stanford     5th September 2003 COPPER production has reached its expanded design output at First Quantum Mineral’s Bwana Mkubwa solvent extraction-electrowinning (SX/EW) facility in Zambia. 

New project to provide sustainable enviro remediation

By: Zonika Botha     5th September 2003 This week saw the official opening of Chemwes, the wholly-owned subsidiary of the environmental remediation company, Mine Waste Solutions (MWS). 

R110m Mozambique contract completed

     22nd August 2003 A contract worth R110-million awarded to black economic empowerment company Alstom Power Systems last year, involving extensions to the 400 kV Maputo substation and Mozal intake substation for Phase 2 of BHP Billiton’s Mozal aluminium smelter, has been completed. 

Mining process specialist commits to environment

By: Luxolo Tyali     22nd August 2003 With almost two decades experience in the pyrometallurgical and ferroalloy business, Bateman is committed to ensuring environment-friendly practices in the smelting industry. 

Spiral pilot plant commissioned at platinum project

     22nd August 2003 A spiral pilot plant from Multotec Process Equipment has been commissioned at Aquarius’ Marikana platinum project, in the North West Province, where it will be used to conduct test work on chromite removal from the circuit.? 

Former division reports good market share as independent company

     22nd August 2003 Mining equipment supplier PrepQuip, previously a division of the Multotec Group, reports that it has been successful in securing and maintaining a good market share during the last two and a half hears of operation, and that it is well positioned to meet customer and market demands in terms of... 

Platinum jewellery studio is refining its abilities

By: Luxolo Tyali     22nd August 2003 The only tertiary institution offering training in platinum jewellery production in South Africa, Pretoria-based Hans Merensky Platinum Jewellery Studio, aims to teach students and the jewellers in the industry the skill to use and perfect platinum fabrication and casting techniques, reports... 

Africa beckons

By: Luxolo Tyali     22nd August 2003 Precious metals management company Rand Refinery has embarked on a drive to expand its services to the greater African continent. 

Electric motors installed at Zim platinum plant

     22nd August 2003 The ability to provide the full spectrum of electric motors required for Mimosa Mining’s new platinum concentrator secured the contract for Zest Electric Motors and Drives. 

Namdeb’s R378m gem liberation project advances

By: Jill Stanford     22nd August 2003 ABOUT 80% of all the procurement is complete for Namdeb’s R378,5-million project to upgrade its Elizabeth Bay mine diamond processing plant, located 34 km south of L 

Laser-induced fluorescence system introduced

     18th July 2003 A joint company of the IMS Group and CommoDaS, Germany, MikroSort South Africa, has introduced a laser-induced fluorescence system (LIF) for rock identification and quality-control of raw materials ahead of processing. 

Mineral sands hopeful signs deal with East London export zone

By: Jill Stanford     18th July 2003 AUSTRALIAN mining company Mineral Commodities has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the East London Industrial Development Zone Corporation to take up a 30-ha site for the construction of an ilmenite smelter. 

Mining projects benefit from debt-relief funds

By: Marcel Chimwala     18th July 2003 Malawi – The Malawian government, which has received $1-billion in interim debt relief as part of the World Bank-sponsored Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, has started using part of the funds for mining projects meant to uplift the country’s poor. 

Expansion to drive production target of more than a 100 000 oz a year

By: candice haase     4th July 2003 Early last month, Afrikander Lease’s (Aflease’s) carbon-in-leach (CIL) plant achieved a 95% recovery rate in the early phases of the commissioning of the plant. 

Four crushers for new plant

By: candice haase     4th July 2003 The heap-leaching techniques used previously by Afrikander Lease (Aflease) in its processing activity proved to be ineffective in attaining high yields. 

Second-phase UG2 progress at advanced stage of planning

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th June 2003 The metallurgical challenge of South Africa’s second-largest platinum company has for the past 34 years been somewhat greater than that of most of its peers – and remains so. 

SA technology for Dubai gold refinery

By: Deborah Spicer     27th June 2003 The Al Ghurair Giga refinery, which should be commissioned in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), by the end of the year, will be a showcase of South African technology. 

Competent-persons report soon for PGM project

By: Deborah Spicer     27th June 2003 A competent-persons report (CPR) for Aquarius Platinum’s Everest South project should be completed by the end of this month, indicates projects director Gordon Ramsay, noting that the Department of Minerals and Energy approved the mining licence and the environmental-management programme... 

SA-developed furnace finds global favour

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2003 MINERALS processing and beneficiation science council Mintek has already earned some $800 000 from sales of its unique MinFurn carbon regeneration furnaces. 

SA minerals agency acquires new analyser technology

     3rd June 2003 South African mineral and metallurgical agency Mintek has acquired a mineral-liberation analysers (MLA) from the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) in Australia. 

Code of mining conduct adopted in Peru

By: Keith Campbell     23rd May 2003 The National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy (SNMPE) of Peru recently presented its code of conduct for member companies, both local and foreign, in a high-profile ceremony in the capital, Lima. 

Mining sector rubber demand rises

     23rd May 2003 Mining, marine and industrial rubber specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has increased its industrial plant capacity by 30%, and will grow by a further 40% by the end of the year to keep up with demand from its mining customers. 

China floods trigger worries over metal output

     20th May 2003 Floods in southern China, which have killed 40 people have sparked worries in metal markets that domestic output may be curtailed by disruptions to concentrate supplies, traders said yesterday. 

Cash-flow woes threaten empowerment tin hopeful

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd May 2003 Cash-flow problems experienced by black-controlled resources company Phamine Mining Holdings have resulted in the company’s Leeuwpoort smelter standing idle, CEO Johan de Witt informs Mining Weekly. 

Strong prospects for pyro division

By: zeena isaacs     18th April 2003 The pyro equipment division of Metso Minerals South Africa is on track to turnover R12-million worth of business this year, Mining Weekly can today report. 

The dragon awakens

By: Keith Campbell     21st March 2003 A new frontier is opening for international, including South African, mining companies. A name, very new and very old, is starting to create a buzz in the global industry. 

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