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Ferrochrome smelter’s slashed power use opens way for major value-adding boost

By: Martin Creamer STEELPOORT, Mpumalanga – The Lion ferrochrome smelter owned and operated by the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes to produce the equivalent volume of ferrochrome. In addition, the smelter needs far less coke than conventional... 

Technology slashes power use at Glencore's huge S African chrome smelter 

By: Martin Creamer The Lion ferrochrome smelter owned and operated by the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes to produce the equivalent volume of ferrochrome. In addition, the smelter needs far less coke than conventional smelters as well as using... 

Expansion project increases SA ferrochrome capacity

Name and Location Lion ferrochrome complex Phase 2 expansion (Lion II) project, Limpopo, South Africa. Client Glencore-Merafe chrome joint venture (JV). 

Merafe H1 earnings fall 30% on impairments

By: Natalie Greve Following a caution by JSE-listed Merafe Resources last month that it expected impairments to drag down its earnings for the first half of the year, the ferrochrome producer on Tuesday posted a 30% drop in headline earnings a share for the six months ended June 30. The impairment loss, largely... 

Energy for Xstrata's R4,9bn Lion ferrochrome add-on, plus new R700m mine 

By: Martin Creamer The London-listed global ferrochrome leader Xstrata is pressing ahead with its long-delayed second-phase expansion of the Lion plant in South Africa, following an energy nod from Eskom augmented by the company's own self-generation plans. Going ahead concurrently will also be the development of... 

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