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Manganese News

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. 

Manganese mine installs a new spectrometer

15th November 2002 Assmang Black Rock mine installed a Jobin Yvon, Ultima 2, ICP spectrometer from Wirsam Scientific. 

Brazilian mining giant has global plans

By: Keith Campbell     15th November 2002 Brazilian mining group CVRD is planning to increase its mining prospecting and research budget to $60-million from this year’s $50-million, and the entire increase will be spent outside Brazil. 

Explosion prevention divisions merge

By: candice haase     11th October 2002 Where it was aimed originally at focusing on coal-dust explosions, the CSIR Kloppersbos facility now also caters for industrial dust explosion prevention. 

Stainless growth triggers new chrome outpour

By: Deborah Spicer     16th September 2002 Southern African ferrochrome producers are gearing themselves to enlarge their share of the global ferrochrome market based on a belief that the stainless-steel market, which consumes 78% of mined chromite ore, is set to grow. 

Stainless-steel growth prospects trigger new chrome outpouring

By: Deborah Spicer     13th September 2002 Southern African ferrochrome producers are gearing themselves to enlarge their share of the global ferrochrome market based on a belief that the stainless-steel market, which consumes 78% of mined chromite ore, is set to grow. 

EMD plant (beneficiation project)

19th July 2002 Name of the project and location Electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) processing plant. Project description Mineral research body, Mintek, has signed an agreement with the US Trade and Development Agency (TDA), which will provide a grant of R2,1-million to determine the viability of an EMD... 

New mining plan for manganese mine

9th July 2002 Australian resources group Consolidated Minerals has announced an optimised long-term production and mining plan for its Woodie Woodie manganese mine in Western Australia. 

SA ferrochrome industry under review

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 A comprehensive study of the South African ferrochrome industry is being conducted by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), and is scheduled for release by the end of August, IDC executive vice president of the projects division Jaco Kriek tells Mining Weekly. 

Smelter's twin furnaces commissioned

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 The first of two 54 MVA closed-furnaces at SA Chrome’s new R700-million smelting plant was ready for hot-commissioning in early June 2002, allowing for the first ferrochrome to be tapped in the middle of that month. 

Finnish techno giant commits to project in the long term

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 Finnish technology supplier Outokumpu has committed itself to SA Chrome beyond its involvement in the engineering and supply of equipment and erection services for the construction of the smelter. 

$30m manganese-beneficiation plan

21st June 2002 Mineral research body Mintek is planning to capitalise on South Africa’s standing as the host of about 80% of the world's known reserves of high-grade manganese ore. 

Direct-current furnace fires up ferromanganese production

By: nkolola halwindi     24th May 2002 Specialist supplier of mineral and metallurgical technology, Mintek has produced 2 300 t of medium-carbon ferromanganese using the direct current (DC) arc furnace at its Randburg premises. 

Small company, big capex ideas

By: Keith Campbell     15th February 2002 Anglovaal Mining, although one of the country's smaller mining companies, could account for up to 10% of all mining investment in SA from 2001 to 2006. 

Big ferrochrome producer to shut down operations

7th February 2002 The decision by Norway’s Elkem to shut down its ferrochrome production should have a limited effect on the market’s balance, but does reflect tough times for producers at present, traders said. 

Ferrochrome plant to produce 175 000 t in 2002

31st January 2002 South Africa’s Assmang chrome plant has spent R750-million to raise capacity of ferrochrome alloy to more than 300 000 tons a year from about 100 000 tons despite weak metal prices, the company said. 

SA ferrochrome plant closed

27th November 2001 Mining and energy giant BHP Billiton has announced the closure of its Palmiet Ferrochrome operation, located in Krugersdorp, South Africa, effective immediately. 

Union, mining group close to deal on strike

6th November 2001 Mining company BHP Billiton said it hoped a 25-day wage strike at its Samancor unit would soon be resolved after a key union said it may end the strike today. 

Miner opposes sympathy strikes

30th October 2001 Diversified miner BHP Billiton on Monday appealed against a court order which would allow workers at its South African aluminium and manganese units to join strikers at its ferrochrome plants. 

Strike hits ferrochrome output

12th October 2001 Ferrochrome producer Samancor, a subsidiary of BHP Billiton, has cut 40 000 tons of its 850 000 tons annual output because of a wage strike that started on Thursday, a BHP Billiton spokesman said. 

Now ferrochrome strike looms

10th October 2001 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said its members would embark on a wage strike from Thursday at the ferrochrome units of Samancor, a subsidiary of mining giant BHP Billiton. 

Swiss group in new facility era

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 SWISS-based mining group Xstrata saw the commissioning of a number of important new facilities during the first half of this year. 

Ferrochrome electrical contract nears completion

7th September 2001 A fast-track electrical and instrumentation contract on a furnace and sinter plant for Bateman Titaco at Assmang’s Machadodorp ferrochrome works is being completed by B&W Industrial Technology. 

Big project push continues at manganese, chrome producer

29th August 2001 Mining firm Associated Manganese Mines of South Africa has posted an 82,4% increase in earnings for the year ended June 30, 2001, at R231-million compared to R127-million reported in the previous year. 

Second JV furnace switched on

20th August 2001 The second new furnace at the Wonderkop ferrochrome plant in South Africa, a joint venture between Xstrata and Samancor, a subsidiary of BHP Billiton, has been switched on. 

Ferrochrome strike looms

15th June 2001 Close to 800 workers at Xstrata in Rustenberg, North West Province, could embark on strike action after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the company failed to resolve a two-month dispute. 

Two maestros of manganese

By: System Author     7th April 2000 How father and son helped to ensure that the mineral earned South Africa billions in the past 60 years 

Gamsberg zinc manganese options being explored 

By: System Author     31st March 2000 In an interview with Anglo Base chief operating officer: zinc Peter Smith and vice-president project management: Mick Furman, Deputy Editor Terence Creamer discussed the progress of the current R97-million feasibility study and Anglo’s reasons for choosing openpit mining and the... 

Third furnace at 100% and fourth one being considered

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Ferrous metals & minerals 

Ferrochrome production ‘could double’

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Chromite mining and benefication company Hernic Ferrochrome forecasts that ferrochrome production in Southern Africa could double in the next ten years, to supply 75% of world demand. 

R517-million for new shaft system

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Nchwaning Manganese Expansion 

Company surveys its success

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Nchwaning Manganese Expansion 

World-first tunnelling tech

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Nchwaning Manganese Expansion 

Chrome’s come-back kid

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Come-back kid South Witwatersrand Exploration Company (Sowits) is planning a return to the South African mining scene with its new chrome-mining interests which will give rise to the construction of a new multimillion-rand ferrochrome plant. 

A project six-pack

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Anglovaal Mining is in the throes of expanding on six fronts, the group’s largest brace of projects since its 1950s heyday. Under the leadership of CEO Rick Menell, 44 – a third-generation member of the family which co-founded the company – are multi-billion-rand initiatives in... 

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