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Manganese News

R1,25bn chrome project to be empowered . . .

By: Steven Chiaberta     5th March 2004 Swiss mining group Xstrata and empowered chrome producer South African Chrome & Alloys (SA Chrome) will jointly participate in phase one of Xstrata’s recently-announced Lion project. 

China’s ferrochrome prices slip on rising imports

1st March 2004 China's domestic ferrochrome prices have fallen around 10% in the last few weeks to align themselves with the price of surging imports, traders said on Friday. 

Furnace contract for R1,1bn ferrochrome project

By: Zonika Botha     6th February 2004 South African smelting technology and equipment specialists Pyromet announced last week that the construction of the long-awaited R1,1-billion Tranvaal Ferrochrome project near Brits, in the North West Province, which was first announced about three years ago, should start before the middle of... 

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. 

Northern Cape mineshaft rehabilitated

23rd January 2004 Extensive experience and skill in the evaluation of shaft systems and risk assessment audits has placed Murray & Roberts RUC in a position to offer engineering expertise in this specialised area within the mining industry. 

Furnace construction more than a month ahead of schedule

By: renay de     12th December 2003 The expansion project at ASA Metals works in Steelpoort, Limpopo, involves the design, construction and commissioning of an additional submerged-arc furnace at the ferrochrome smelter. 

Construction work finished in September

By: renay de     12th December 2003 The civil construction of the Steelpoort ferrochrome smelter was awarded as a joint venture to a black empowerment subsidiary of Peter Mellor, Afro Projects, and Peter Mellor. 

Steel-hungry China may demand third smelter at Steelpoort

By: renay de     12th December 2003 The first furnace at ASA Metals’ Steelpoort Ferrochrome Smelter, in Steelpoort, Limpopo, which was commissioned in 1999, enabled the smelter to achieve production of 50 000 t/y. 

Hydraulic piping work completed

By: renay de     12th December 2003 The contract for the hydraulic installation at ASA Metals Steelpoort ferrochrome smelter, in Steelpoort, Limpopo, was awarded to Alberton Hydraulics, by Pyromet Technologies, in September. 

New ferrochrome smelter approved for SA

10th December 2003 London-listed miner Xstrata said yesterday it has given approval for the construction of a 330 000 t ferrochrome smelter in South Africa. 

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. 

Mining group invests in new school

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th October 2003 A 24-classroom primary school has been officially handed over to the Majakaneng community in the Mooinooi area, situated between Rustenburg and Brits – one of the latest examples of the mining industry’s investment in the social development of people who live in the vicinity of the... 

Other Western Chrome Mine projects

17th October 2003 Over the last three years Western Chrome Mines (WCM) have supported winter-schools aimed at assisting 50 matriculants of surrounding schools to prepare for their year-end examinations. 

SA could benefit from robust ferrochrome market . . .

By: Zonika Botha     3rd October 2003 South Africa dominates the world’s prime ferrochrome sector and will subsequently have the major share of any future expansions undertaken by the world’s second-largest ferrochrome producer, BHP Billiton. 

BHP Billiton wary about impact of SA’s new laws

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th September 2003 The world’s largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, said that while it was looking for ‘creative’ ways to bring on board a black economic empowerment (BEE) partner for its chrome operation in South Africa, it was also wary of what the country’s imminent mining legislation... 

Eramet to close manganese unit by end-2003

9th September 2003 French ferro-manganese producer Comilog, a subsidiary of Eramet, will close its Boulogne-based plant by the end of the year, the company said on at the weekend. 

Mining-for-development action plan

By: Jill Stanford     5th September 2003 THE Northern Cape Government and six of the province’s mining companies, known collectively as the Northern Cape Mine Manager’s Association (NCMMA) have forged a public–private partnership to translate and implement the Mining Charter. 

Samancor eyes Oz to replace output

28th August 2003 South Africa's major ferro-alloys producer Samancor may pull silicomanganese production from one of its smelters in Australia to replace lost output at its fire-damaged Metalloys plant in South Africa, a spokesperson said. 

CVRD makes temporary exit from gold

By: Keith Campbell     25th July 2003 BRAZILIAN mining, logistics and energy group Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) has temporarily exited the gold-mining business with the sale of its only dedicated gold-mine to a Canadian company. 

Underground batching automation completed

18th July 2003 Systems integration company Associated Systems in May completed the automation of the underground batching process at Assmang Blackrock mine, near Kuruman, in the Northern Cape.? 

Nchwaning mine, South Africa

11th July 2003 Northern Cape 

Norwegian ferro-alloy plant starts producing

2nd July 2003 Brazilian metal producer Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) announced yesterday that its wholly owned subsidiary, Rio Doce Manganese Norway (RDMN), located in Mo I Rana, Norway, started its operations on ealier this week. 

Action needed to address ferrochrome oversupply

27th June 2003 Despite good demand for ferrochrome globally, market prices have remained under pressure as result of oversupply and the the Department of Minerals and Energy believes that more co-odination is needed in among South African producers to address the situation. 

Africa a priority for Brazil mining group

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2003 Africa is emerging as a priority area in Brazilian mining group CVRD’s plans to join the top 3 global mining companies in market capitalisation. 

Launch of metals-recovery empowerment project

By: Zonika Botha     13th June 2003 A consortium, comprising Mindev, a wholly-owned subsidiary of State-owned minerals researcher Mintek, Atoll, a joint venture between Mintek and Bateman Titaco, private company PGR Investments 17, and Sebeso, a black-empowered joint-venture between Leswikeng Minerals & Energy and Safika Resources,... 

Minerals trust raises education contribution

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd May 2003 The Minerals Education Trust has increased its contributions to a variety of tertiary-education institutions this year. 

Ferrochrome sector is staring higher power tariffs in the face

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th April 2003 Electricity group Eskom’s metals-sector specialist, Charles Mahony, warned the expanding ferroalloys sector that it cannot be insulated from higher power prices in the future when he spoke at the Chromium 2003 conference in Johannesburg earlier this month. 

SA’s ferrochrome share expected to rise to 60%

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     11th April 2003 The South African ferrochrome industry’s share of global production is expected to increase to 60% – from 55% at present – by the end of next year, thanks to planned expansions and greenfield projects. 

EIA study on for new chrome-mine project

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th April 2003 An environmental-impact assessment (EIA) study is under way for Samancor Chrome’s proposed chrome-mining development project, located north of Steelpoort, in the Limpopo Province. 

New ferrochrome smelter

4th April 2003 Name of the project and location New ferrochrome smelter, Richards Bay. Project description The project forms part of the strategic industrial projects, which offer a tax-free advantage of about R480-million. If the project is given the go-ahead 115 permanent jobs and 1 300 indirect jobs would be... 

Target date of 2005 for new chrome mine

By: Joanne Delaurentis     4th April 2003 The development of the new chrome mine on the farm Buffelsfontein on the western limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex is expected to get under way before the middle of this year, and completed in early 2005, Transvaal Ferro-Chrome CEO Ian Watson tells Mining Weekly. 

Resources group upgrades plant

28th March 2003 A member of the Switzerland-based international natural resources group Xstrata, Xstrata Alloys, of Rustenburg, spent R8,5-million upgrading the kiln bag-house at its Lydenburg ferrochrome processing plant. 

SA Chrome signs deal with Chinese steel group

14th March 2003 Ferrochrome producer South African Chrome and Alloys Limited this week announced that it has signed a heads of agreement with Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (Jisco), the largest iron and steel producer in North West China, to undertake a feasibility study into the expansion of SA Chrome’s... 

New furnace to raise ferrochrome output at Steelpoort operation

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 2003 The new submerged arc furnace which is under construction at ASA Metals’ ferrrochrome smelter operation at Steelpoort in Limpopo province will be operating at full capacity by May 2004 

ASA Metals' furnace

21st February 2003 Name of the project and location ASA Metals’ furnace, Steelport, Limpopo. Project description The project involves the expansion of ASA Metals’ plant, with the main component being the construction of a new furnace. Value R160-million. Duration The project will take about 14 months to... 

Final enviro deadline for new ferrochrome project

By: Deborah Spicer     21st February 2003 Interested and affected parties have until today (Feb 21) to voice any objections to the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) and the environmental management programme report (EMPR) submitted by Transvaal Ferro-Chrome for its Buffelsfontein project. 

Xstrata sets up committee to achieve BEE targets

By: Joanne Delaurentis     21st February 2003 London-listed diversified mining and metals group Xstrata claims to have taken a proactive approach to the industry requirements for black economic empowerment (BEE) laid out in South Africa’s new Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act and the subsequent Empowerment Charter... 

Limpopo furnace contract awarded

5th February 2003 Johannesburg-based smelting technology and equipment specialist, Pyromet Technologies, has been awarded the contract to design, construct and commission an additional submerged arc AC furnace at ASA Metals in Steelpoort, in Limpopo Province, as part of a R160-milion expansion. 

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