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Manganese News

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. 

Nchwaning Mine, South Africa

By: Carla Thomaz     12th August 2005 Name: Nchwaning Mine. Location: The mine is located in the Northern Cape. Brief history: The Nchwaning mine was established in 1972,while the No 2 shaft came into production in 1981. The new shaft complex at the Nchwaning No 3 mine was commissioned in May 2004. The existing plant at Nchwaning... 

Merafe to raise R850m for chrome expansions

By: Nicola Mawson     11th August 2005 JSE-listed Merafe Resources has indicated that some R850-million will be spent on the acquisition from Samancor of its Wonderkop asset as well as funding for Project Lion, which is due to be commissioned in about a year's time. 

XStrata strike set to continue - union

9th August 2005 Trade union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has indicated that the strike at XStrata's Rustenburg-based ferrochrome plant, which entered its ninth day on Monday, is set to continue for some time. 

Samancor Chrome appoints IT service partner for Witbank operation

28th July 2005 Witbank-located Samancor Chrome Ferrometals has awarded ICT company GijimaAst a comprehensive Desk Top support and Call Centre Outsource agreement. 

Eastern promise for Zambia

By: Keith Campbell     22nd July 2005 CHINA is soon expected to annouce investment in exploration for new ore bodies in Zambia. 

Manganese demand expected to reach record levels in 2005

By: Helene Le Roux     8th July 2005 Demand for manganese, the silver-grey metal that is a key strengthening ingredient in steel, is expected to reach new heights this year. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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