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Manganese News

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. 

Technology key to unlocking miner's manganese ambitions

By: Helene Le Roux     22nd April 2005 An innovative beneficiation technology developed by local diversified miner Kumba Resources could see the company entering the manganese industry in the near future. 

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). 

ASA Metals builds on quality

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

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. 

Good progress in solving transport bottleneck

By: Keith Campbell     25th February 2005 DIVERSIFIED South African mining group African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is hopeful that its negotiations with national transport parastatal Transnet, and its railways and ports subsidiaries Spoornet and South African Port Operations (Sapo), on eliminating mineral export bottlenecks will bear fruit... 

Samancor Chrome sold for $469m

By: jenny furness     25th February 2005 Mining giants BHP Billiton and Anglo American confirmed last week that they had reached agreement for the sale of Samancor Chrome to the Kermas Group, which has links to Russia, for an enterprise value of $469-million. 

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. 

Resources giant's strong Aussie-Africa ties

By: abdul cook     28th January 2005 Mid-2001 saw the merger of Australia’s BHP Limited and UK-headquartered Billiton Plc to form BHP Billiton. 

Reports of preferred bidder for chrome sale

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2005 At the time of going to press, there was still no official word on the sale of Samancor Chrome, but it was understood that the process was well-advanced with some speculation that BHP Billiton – which owns 60% of the business with Anglo American owning the balance - may have identified a... 

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. 

New stoking application at Samancor

7th December 2004 Furnace stoking is a harsh hazardous application and requires the use of robust reliable equipment to ensure that furnace temperatures are maintained within operating specifications. 

Miner launches new e-learning centre for Sebokeng

30th September 2004 Mining group Samancor Manganese this week launched a fourth learning and development centre at the Sebokeng library (Zone 7) following the success of similar projects in Sharpeville, Kagiso and Steelpoort. 

Samancor invests in Midvaal health centre

21st September 2004 As part of its sustainable development activities within local communities, Samancor Manganese has invested some R1-million in the Midvaal Community Health Centre, which was opened last week. 

Manganese miner considers export ramp-up

By: renay de     3rd September 2004 African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) chairperson and CEO Patrice Motsepe revealed recently that, beyond an impending cash-generative acquisition, the company was seeking to advance ‘attractive’ in-house projects. 

Motsepe pursues 'cash-generative' acquisition

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2004 Empowered South African resources group African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) revealed last week that it is considering three cash-generative acquisition targets and will make an announcement in this regard before February. 

Miner supports science learners

27th August 2004 Through its Metalloys operation, Samancor Manganese, yesterday announced the donation of science laboratory equipment to the Wilberforce Community College in Evaton, approximately 50 km south of Johannesburg as well as the improvement of the facilities housing the equipment. 

Brazilian giant in ferromanganese sales deal

25th August 2004 A leading participant in the global ferromanganese alloys market, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), has signed a contract with European steelmaker Corus to supply ferromanganese alloys for three years, involving yearly deliveries of 30 000 t. 

Ferrochrome project capex rises to R1,67bn on reconfiguration

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th August 2004 The first phase of the Lion ferrochrome-smelter project in Mpumalanga, being implemented by diversified resources group Xstrata and empowered minerals company South African Chrome and Alloys (SA Chrome), has been reconfigured to include the addition of a second kiln at a cost of R200-million. 

Aussie miner secures manganese supply contract

9th August 2004 Australian Stock Exchange-listed Consolidated Minerals said last week it has secured a landmark manganese supply contract to India, representing its first marketing success following a recent trial cargo to the Indian subcontinent and a further diversification of its existing international... 

Gabon eyes number one manganese spot

By: Keith Campbell     6th August 2004 THE West African state of Gabon is hoping to become the world’s number one exporter of manganese by 2006. 

Oz miner reports record $25m profit

29th July 2004 Australian-based resources group Consolidated Minerals yesterday unveiled a record $25,1-million unaudited annual profit after tax – more than double last year’s result. 

Ferrochrome producer reports lower earnings

5th July 2004 South Africa’s SA Chrome and Alloys last week posted an operating loss before interest, tax and depreciation of R23,4-million for the financial year ended March 31. 

SA firm in ferrochrome offtake deal with China

30th June 2004 In the build-up to its imminent listing on the Australian Stock Exchange, International Ferro-Metals (IFM) – previously known as Transvaal Ferro-Chrome – has signed a framework agreement with the Chinese Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (Jisco). 

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