Local black-empowered engineering, pro- curement and construction manage- ment (EPCM) firm K’Enyuka MD Mike Symonds says that the company has noticed increased activity in platinum projects recently.
This extends to both feasibility and capital work. He says that K’Enyuka undertakes a significant amount of work for different platinum-group metals (PGMs) clients, for new projects, as well as established mines.
K’Enyuka has also been awarded new feasibility studies for new platinum projects, as well as the revalidation of old projects, relating to concentrator and furnace work, respectively. The studies range from three- to six-month durations.
Further, the company has a number of EPCM contracts for junior and major miners. The majority of the platinum projects are in South Africa, with the rest in Zimbabwe, ranging in duration from six to 18 months.
The company has also received new orders for concentrator plants in the PGMs industry.
K’Enyuka believes that the outlook for the local PGMs market is positive. Symonds says that the company may undertake more work in PGMs and in other commodities this year than it has in the previous 18 months. He believes that most PGMs clients have consolidated and are back to being profit- able after the recession, with some in expansion mode.
2010 Zimbabwe Mining Indaba
Symonds reports that the 2010 Zimbabwe Mining Indaba was an effective conference. He says that the impression created at the event was that Zimbabwe is experiencing power woes, with insufficient power to meet domestic needs or for new projects. Secondly the political uncertainty in the country was also a factor hampering projects.
Until the energy shortage and political uncertainty are overcome, establishing and operating projects in Zimbabwe remain challenging, and new projects will not start as quickly as was hoped. He believes that it is no longer a question of ‘if’, but rather of ‘when’ these challenges will be overcome.
However, in comparison with the Indaba held in 2009, the current outlook for Zimbabwe mining is more positive, with mining projects up for discussion, feasibility projects being considered and more projects in execution.
He says that K’Enyuka has more mining-related work in Zimbabwe than previously.
K’Enyuka’s modular coal plant has attracted significant attention. Plant designs are available for coal and heavy minerals and the company intends to apply a similar concept to the PGMs, chrome, iron-ore and diamond sectors in the near future. The plant has been designed with ease of maintenance and can be upgraded as a company grows, ranging from a basic entry- level-type plant to a highly complex configuration for small, medium-sized and large mining companies.
Modifications to the plants depend on the type of initial on-site reserves and the required product specification. K’Enyuka offers several add-ons to the standard plant to cater for the quality of the reserve and the market specifications. The coal washing modular plant can handle a nominal feed tonnage of 200 t/h at a top particle size of –50 mm.
The plant is low cost, easily manufactured, and readily assembled and disassembled on different sites. It can be erected and trial-assembled offsite to monitor alignment, resulting in fewer fitting errors and reworking.
The company has extended its services as an EPCM firm through its association with a Chinese engineering, procurement and construction consultancy and is now able to offer a full project solution. Its arrangement with its Chinese associate better equips it to provide solutions from the consulting and planning phases to the implementation phase, and to deliver full operational solutions to its clients, reports K’Enyuka.
The association allows it access to different, inexpensive process equipment, ranging from crushing and milling plant and water treatment plant through to furnaces and renewable-energy solutions. The company does have projects lined up where it will use the Chinese equipment, although not in the PGMs industry, he says.
K’Enyuka is assured that the equipment and solutions pro- vided by its Chinese partner are of high quality. Symonds believes that this association will pave the way for the company to become involved in large minerals processing projects in Africa.
K'Enyuka is a linked enterprise to mining, engineering and project management services company Read, Swatman & Voigt.