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Manganese News

BHP denies claims of racial discrimination at manganese mine

By: Mariaan Webb     29th May 2007 Diversified miner BHP Billiton has denied allegations of discrimination made by striking miners at its Samancor Manganese operations, in the Northern Cape, saying the claims were "completely untrue and irresponsible". 

Assmang's emissions compliance to be scrutinised

By: Nelendhre Moodley     28th May 2007 Local manganese, iron ore and chrome producer Assmang's air quality permit at its Cato Ridge manganese works, situated north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal is up for review, to determine whether the company is compliant with new legislation that will be enacted early next year.  

Junior mining index market cap tops R100bn

By: Nelendhre Moodley     28th May 2007 The NedSec Junior Mining & Exploration Index (NSJME) has reached a free-float weighted market capitalisation of R104,6-billion, Nedbank Capital said in a statement on Monday. 

Costs remain challenge, says manganese president

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2007 Cost pressures in the Kalahari remain a concern, says BHP Billiton manganese president Peter Beaven. The manganese industry is growing on the back of the growing global steel industry and a great opportunity exists for South Africa to take advantage of this. 

Employees compensated for manganese poisoning

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     4th May 2007 Manganism, or manganese poisoning, is one of the lesser-known certifiable diseases in the mining industry. Manganese is used in the production of ferrous and nonferrous alloys, and it is during the processing of the heavy metal that individuals exposed to excessive levels of the substance may... 

BHP Billiton reports record production levels

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th April 2007 Global diversified resources group BHP Billiton reported record production for the first nine months of its financial year, underpinned by strong customer demand, the company said in a report on Tuesday. 

Moatize: year of decision looming for CVRD

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2006 Brazilian mining and logistics major Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) has revealed that it will make the final decision on whether or not to go ahead with the Moatize metallurgical and thermal coal project in Mozambique in the course of 2007, following the conclusion of futher studies. 

Smart technology boosts ferrochrome production

By: Clement Deane     8th December 2006 South African ferrochrome producer Xstrata is using Premus technology at its Lion ferrochrome plant in Steelpoort to boost ferrochrome production. “Premus technology is the most sophisticated and competitive ferrochrome production process in existence,” says ferrochrome producer... 

Local smelting specialist scoops R140m contract

By: Clement Deane     8th December 2006 Just over a year ago, Pyromet was awarded a R140-million project to design, construct and commission two 63 MVA closed-type furnaces for Xstrata’s Lion ferrochrome smelter in the Steelpoort area. 

Integrated automation system supplied

By: Clement Deane     8th December 2006 Electrical engineering supplier Siemens was commissioned to supply ferrochrome producer Xstrata with a total integrated automation (TIA) solution at its Lion ferrochrome plant in Steelpoort. 

Construction of R30m metal-recovery plant under way in Mpumalanga

By: Jade Davenport     1st December 2006 Construction of a R30-million metal-recovery plant has officially started at local ferrochrome producer ASA Metals’ Dilokong chrome mine, in Mpumulanga. 

Manganese project

22nd September 2006 Russian firm Renova is undertaking a feasibility study for the development of a value chain, comprising a manganese mine and sinter plant in the Kalahari, a ferroalloy smelter at Coega and the export of bulk manganese-ore through the new Port of Ngqura, adjacent to the Coega Industrial... 

SA industry will hit wall if chromite-ore exports persist

By: Laura Tyrer     18th August 2006 South Africa’s ferrochromium industry can anticipate a bleak future if chromite-ore exports to China persist, cautions Mintek CEO Dr Paul Jourdan. 

Buffelsfontein ferrochrome-mine and smelting plant

11th August 2006 The Buffelsfontein operation will be the first chromium operation in South Africa that has a processing plant adjacent to the mine, and is expected to be one of the lowest-cost producers of ferrochrome in the world. 

Merafe plans to move into Chinese ferrochrome market by end of year

By: Jade Davenport     11th August 2006 South African ferrochrome producer Merafe Resources is confident that it will be able to make supply inroads into the rapidly expanding Chinese market by the end of this year. 

Lion ferrochrome project

4th August 2006 The project comprises the construction of furnaces to produce a million tons a year of lower-silicon ferrochrome. The smelter will eventually be expanded into a million-tons-a-year complex by the implementation of phases two and three. 

JSE-listed chrome producer strengthes alliance with giant

By: Laura Tyrer     21st July 2006 JSE-listed Merafe Resources saw its participation in the Xstrata-Merafe Chrome Venture increase from 17,5% to 20,5% as of July 1, this year. 

New cost-saving technology unlocks local potential of manganese fines 

By: Helene Le Roux     7th July 2006 The commercialisation of South African-developed technology to improve the beneficiation of manganese ore into ferromanganese is advancing with the support of the world’s largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton. 

Buffelsfontein ferrochrome-mine and smelting plant

2nd June 2006 The Buffelsfontein operation will be the first chromium operation in South Africa that has a processing plant adjacent to the mine, and is expected to be one of the lowest-cost producers of ferrochrome in the world. 

Investment firm wins prospecting rights

By: Jade Davenport     19th May 2006 Private investment firm, Renova Investments Gabon, was recently granted a prospecting authorisation by the Ministry of Mines, Energy, Petrol and Water Resources of the Republic of Gabon for the exploration of manganese, platinum group metals, gold and uranium. 

Project Bokamoso

24th March 2006 The project will involve the construction of chrome ore agglomeration facility. The project will consist of the erection and commissioning of two sintering and pelletising plants with a combined production capacity of around 1,2-million tons a year. 

Mining group expands to meet rising demand

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2006 Global mining group Xstrata plc is confident that the current above-long-term average prices for metals and minerals will continue for some years yet. 

Buffelsfontein ferrochrome-mine and smelting plant

3rd March 2006 The Buffelsfontein operation will be the first chromium operation in South Africa that has a processing plant adjacent to the mine, and is expected to be one of the lowest-cost producers of ferrochrome in the world. 

High-carbon ferrochrome smelter project

9th December 2005 The project will entail the construction of a high-carbon ferrochrome smelter in Richards Bay. The proposed smelter will be implemented in two phases, the first phase producing 120 000 t/y and phase two producing 240 000 t/y. 

Russians sniff Kalahari manganese prospects

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2005 Russia's Renova Group has commenced a pre-feasibility study into the construction of a ferroalloy smelter in SA & formed a manganese JV with SA BEE companies. 

Chrome-miner plans cautious expansion

By: andrew lanham     2nd December 2005 Samancor Chrome first came to the attention of the chairmperson of Kermas, Dr Danko Konchar, at the time when BHP Billiton announced the operations were to be sold. 

Buffelsfontein ferrochrome-mine and smelting plant

28th October 2005 The Buffelsfontein operation will be the first chromium operation in South Africa that has a processing plant adjacent to the mine, and is expected to be one of the lowest-cost producers of ferrochrome in the world. 

Project on track for 2007 start up

By: peter cromberge     28th October 2005 Construction of a new ferrochrome plant at the Buffelsfontein ferrochrome smelting and mining operation in the North West will be completed at the end of 2007 in time for the plant to take advantage of projected continued growth in the stainless steel industry. 

IFM starts construction of ferrochrome project

20th October 2005 AIM-listed International Ferro Metals (IFM), yesterday started construction of its ferrochrome plant at the Buffelsfontein ferrochrome smelting and mining operation near Mooinooi in the North West province, South Africa. 

Tight timeframe for building of new chrome operation

By: Nicola Mawson     17th October 2005 A new ferrochrome mine and smelting operation in the North West will be in production in 18 months' time and is to provide Chinese stainless-steel firm Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (Jisco) with ferrochrome as part of an offtake agreement. 

Furnace rebuilds add flexibility

By: andrew lanham     14th October 2005 In South Africa, there are currently seven companies involved in the production of various ferroalloys. 

Ferrochrome producer to raise R554m

10th October 2005 JSE-listed ferrochrome producer Merafe Resources announced at the weekend that the company is proceeding with a rights offer to raise R554-million. 

BHP Billiton appoints new manganese head

6th October 2005 BHP Billiton yesterday announced the appointment of Peter Beaven as president of its manganese business, based in Johannesburg. In this role, Beaven will be responsible for continuing the optimisation and growth of BHP Billiton's manganese business, the company said in a statement. 

ARM unveils R7,7bn organic growth strategy

By: Liezel Hill     13th September 2005 Black-empowered mining group African Rainbow Minerals (Arm) yesterday unveiled an organic-growth strategy, involving some R7,685 -billion-worth of capital expenditure, which will be spent over the next 12 months on 7 greenfield and brownfield projects across its full suite of commodities. 

Siemens to supply automation for new ferrochrome smelter

2nd September 2005 Siemens Southern Africa's Automation and Drives (A&D) division yesterday reported that it had secured an order of some R7-million for the PLC and SCADA component of Xstrata's Lion project. 

Ferrochrome producer to get world's largest furnace

By: Mariaan Webb     19th August 2005 One of the world’s largest ferrochrome producers, Hernic Ferrochrome, near Brits, in the North West, will soon boast the biggest ferrochrome furnace in the world, Johannesburg-based smelter design and construction company Metix MD Reinier Meyjes tells Mining Weekly. 

High-carbon ferrochrome smelter project

19th August 2005 The project will entail the construction of a high-carbon ferrochrome smelter in Richards Bay. The proposed smelter will be implemented in two phases, the first phase producing 120 000 t/y and phase two producing 240 000. 

New chrome force sees growth beyond downturn

By: Nicola Mawson     12th August 2005 The sale earlier this year by resources companies BHP Billiton and Anglo American of their respective holdings in Samancor Chrome to the relatively unknown Kermas group caused something of a stir in the mining community. 

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