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Iron Ore News

IT to improve productivity at Rio Tinto-linked iron mine

15th July 2005 US firm Modular Mining Systems, a company specialising in computer-based solutions for improving mine productivity, has received an order from Pilbara Iron, a member of the Rio Tinto Group, to install its IntelliMine system at the West Angelas mine. 

Bruce, King and Mokaning mine

1st July 2005 he project will involve the establishment of a new mine on the farms Bruce, King and Mokaning (BKM) adjacent to Kumba’s Sishen mine. The BKM mine will substantially replace Beeshoek mine near Postmasburg. The proposed BKM mine is expected to export about 10-million t/y by 2010 and an... 

Thabazimbi Iron Ore Mine, South Africa

By: Carla Thomaz     1st July 2005 Location: The Thabazimbi Iron Ore Mine is located 220 km north-west of Johannesburg and 200 km north-west of Pretoria, in the Northern Province. Brief history: Exploration, development and production history dates from 1919. However, large-scale exploration began only in the early 1930s when... 

Project Lion adds to Xstrata’s pride

By: andrew lanham     24th June 2005 With a capacity of more than 1,6-million tons of ferrochrome a year, Xstrata Alloys is currently the world's largest and lowest-cost Southern African ferrochrome producer. 

Iron-ore expansion to boost South African economy

24th June 2005 South African iron-ore giant Kumba Resources’ plans to expand its Sishen iron-ore-mine will not only create much-needed employment in the Northern Cape but will also give a welcome financial injection to government. 

Global iron-ore project push confirmed by new report

21st June 2005 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) claims the iron-ore industry is experiencing a once in a lifetime boom period, which is leading to strong growth in the project pipeline. 

Coega stainless-steel plant

10th June 2005 A new plan is being drawn up to site a stainless-steel plant at Coega in the Eastern Cape. The proposed plant would include a ferronickel smelter and a ferrochrome smelter, and the output from these two plants could be sent, still in liquid form, directly into the stainless-steel plant. 

Hamersley Basin Mine,Western Australia

By: Carla Thomaz     3rd June 2005 Name: Hamersley Basin Mine. Location: Located 1 100 km north of Perth, in the Pilbara region north-west of Western Australia. Brief history: Hamersley Basin mine consists of five majorproducing mines in the area. They are: Mount Tom Price, Marandoo, Brockman, Paraburdoo and Yandicoogina. Brief... 

Kiruna Iron Ore Mine,Sweden

By: Colleen Smith     20th May 2005 Name: Kiruna iron-ore-mine. Location: Located in Northern Sweden. Brief history: Mining at Kiruna began over 100 years ago and today it is the world’s largest iron-ore-mine. Brief description: An underground operation that employs 1 800 people, of which 400 work in the mine. Products:... 

Contract opens up new market for furnace supplier

By: Jade Davenport     13th May 2005 Furnace drilling and tapping equipment supplier Dango & Dienenthal Southern Africa has been awarded a R4,5-million contract for a left- and right-hand combination clay-gun and tap-hole drill for the Xstrata Lion ferrochrome project in Mpumalanga. 

Marketing campaign under way to promote furnace products

By: Jade Davenport     13th May 2005 The internationally-recognised process engineering giant Bateman has embarked on an intensive marketing campaign to promote its new and advanced range of AC furnace equipment and direct reduced iron (DRI) technology. 

Brazilan giant confident that iron-ore prices will remain high

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2005 BRAZILIAN mining, logistics and energy group Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), the world’s biggest iron ore producer, is confident that the price of iron ore will remain high until 2006. 

Chrome output to rise in sync with platinum-group metals

By: Helene Le Roux     15th April 2005 The expansion of the South African platinum-mining industry is expected to boost local ferrochrome production and support the country’s position as a highly competitive force in the worldwide ferrochrome market. 

Mechanised revolution for Eastern Chrome

By: andrew lanham     8th April 2005 THERE has been a revolution at Samancor’s Eastern Chrome Mines (ECM). 

Kumba awards contract for R2,9bn Sishen project

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th April 2005 South African iron-ore giant Kumba Resources has awarded a R300-million contract to build its R2,96-billion brownfields Sishen Expansion Project (SEP), in the Northern Cape, to a Murray & Roberts/Bateman consortium. 

ASA Metals builds on quality

By: andrew lanham     25th March 2005 Burgersfort is exploding. 

Another iron-ore rail announcement by midyear

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2005 Transport utility Transnet and iron-ore miner Assmang are in the process of finalising a comprehensive freight plan that is designed to match Spoornet’s rail capacity to Assmang’s export ambition of between 10- and 15-million tons a year beyond 2010. 

Another iron-ore rail announcement by midyear

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2005 Transport utility Transnet and iron-ore miner Assmang are in the process of finalising a comprehensive freight plan that is designed to match Spoornet’s rail capacity to Assmang’s export ambition of between 10- and 15-million tons a year beyond 2010. 

South Africa is set for ironclad growth

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2005 The long-anticipated breakthrough between iron-ore miner Kumba Resources and transport utility Transnet on a new rand-based freight contract, has immediately unlocked projects worth R8-billion for the impoverished Northern Cape province – with more to come. 

Project Lion roars to life with $190m investment

By: Helene Le Roux     11th March 2005 Diversified mining company Xstrata will be spending$190-million on its key growth project in South Africa, Project Lion, this year.?Construction started on the first stage of the 360 000 t/y ferrochrome project, in Mpumalanga, in late December. 

New valve will be available soon

By: abdul cook     11th March 2005 Gauteng-based Vestcast has completed three trial projects for companies in South Africa. 

Iron-ore rail breakthrough unlocks R8bn in N Cape investments

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2005 The long-anticipated breakthrough between iron-ore miner Kumba Resources and transport utility Transnet on a new rand-based freight contract, has immediately unlocked projects worth R8-billion for the impoverished Northern Cape province, with more to come. 

Giant aggressively pursuing $10,2-billion project suite

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th March 2005 Resource giant BHP Billiton continues to aggressively pursue organic-growth opportunities - both greenfields and brownfields - and has added nine new projects, valued at $2,1-billion, to its diverse business portfolio. 

SA iron-ore group all set to double output

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2005 South Africa’s largest iron-ore producer, Kumba, is in the final stages of unlocking a rail-infrastructure deal with State-owned Transnet that will position it to nearly double output and exports from its Northern Cape operations within the next five years. 

Hope Downs battle to continue in court

By: Helene Le Roux     25th February 2005 A divorce battle of sorts involving South Africa’s largest iron-ore producer, Kumba Resources, will take place in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in the next few months. 

R2,9bn Sishen iron-ore expansion imminent

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2005 South Africa's largest iron-ore producer, Kumba, is in the final stages of unlocking a rail-infrastructure deal with State-owned Transnet that will position it to nearly double output and exports from its Northern Cape operations within the next five years. 

Kumba closes in on empowerment deal

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2005 Diversified South African miner Kumba Resources has identified possible black economic empowerment (BEE) partners and is working with its parent, Anglo American, on a deal that should be concluded by the middle of this year. 

Ferrochrome accident report next week

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th January 2005 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) will next week release its report on the cause of a mining accident in which seven mineworkers were killed last month at a ferrochrome-mine in the North West Province. 

CVRD to develop slab plant with ThyssenKrupp

6th December 2004 Brazil's Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), the largest producer of iron-ore and pellets in the world, and ThyssenKrupp Stahl AG, one of the largest European steelmakers, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the construction of an integrated slab plant in Brazil. 

Iron-ore boom continues - report

26th November 2004 The iron-ore boom continues, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) says in its latest report. 

Miner and steelmaker sign iron-ore contract

26th November 2004 The world’s largest producer of iron-ore, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) and one of the major steelmakers in the world, Posco, signed a ten-year contract for the supply of up to 103-million tons of iron-ore fines from April, 2005 to March, 2015, CVRD reported last week. 

Iron-ore boom continues - report

16th November 2004 The iron-ore boom continues, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) says in its latest report. 

Kumba outsources stevedoring at Saldanha

4th November 2004 Diversified metals and mining company Kumba Resources yesterday said that its subsidiary, Sishen Iron Ore Company, has signed a five-year contract with Greystones Cargo Systems to perform the stevedoring function on iron-ore exports at the port of Saldanha. 

Spoornet studies second iron-ore export channel

26th October 2004 South African rail utility Spoornet, in its quest to satisfy the growing demand for capacity on its railway lines to export iron-ore, announced yesterday that it is conducting a prefeasibility study regarding the opening of a new iron-ore export channel through the Port of Maputo. 

Green light for $55m Oz iron-ore expansion

19th October 2004 Australian Stock Exchange-listed Portman has cemented its long-term future as an independent Australian iron-ore producer, after announcing yesterday board approval for a $55-million expansion of its 100%-owned Koolyanobbing operations in Western Australia, to increase production from... 

Good results from banded-ironstone study

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th October 2004 A prefeasibility study into a project to mine and process banded ironstone at Kumba Resources’ Thabazimbi mine has produced ‘highly-favourable’ results, but a senior executive says a decision on whether to proceed with the project will be made at the completion an ongoing... 

BHPB in JV with Chinese iron-ore companies

29th September 2004 Mining giant BHP Billiton yesterday announced the signing of the formal agreement for the Wheelarra Joint Venture with four of China's leading steel mills and its existing Japanese joint venture partners, Itochu Minerals & Energy of Australia and Mitsui Iron Ore Corporation. 

Hope Downs dispute a technicality - Kumba

By: Martin Czernowalow     10th September 2004 South African mining giant Kumba Resources is confident that it will be successful in the arbitration of a dispute with its partner in an Australian iron-ore project, saying the dispute arose as a result of a technicality. 

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