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Furnaces and Kilns News

Company on track to complete furnace rebuild

By: Nadine Ramdass     26th August 2022 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is on track to conclude the rebuild of the new furnace of multinational precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metals (PGMs) smelter this month. The first matte tap is set to be conducted also by the end of this month. This... 

A2C Distributors grows from strength-to-strength, attending EMA2022

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2022 Still going strong since it was established in 1997, business support services provider A2C Distributors has grown its range progressively. The company supplies a variety of tools and solutions to suit a customers’ needs and requirements. 

A2C Distributors grows from strength-to-strength, attending EMA2022

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

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Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

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Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

PEM Electrolyser, Ironveld, Jubilee Metals make headlines   

15th July 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Australia’s PEM water electrolyser; Ironveld’s plans to acquire Ferrochrome Furnaces; and Jubilee Metals's Sable refinery.   

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PEM Electrolyser, Ironveld, Jubilee Metals make headlines

Ironveld seeks to bring Rustenburg smelter back to life 

By: Donna Slater     13th July 2022 Aim-listed iron, vanadium and titanium developer Ironveld plans to raise up to £5-million to acquire the remaining stake in the mothballed Ferrochrome Furnaces (FCF) business it does not already own, as well as to refurbish the FCF smelting complex, in Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West... 

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Copper furnace component supply in final stage

By: Halima Frost     3rd June 2022 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has shipped the last of three batches of copper furnace components to a metal smelting and recycling firm, in Germany. The third and final batch was shipped last week and arrived at its destination on time. 

A copper cast Lander chute with tapoholes used in a flash furnace to skim slag off molten copper
COPPER CHUTE The copper components for a new German client requires the use of raw, pure copper

Converter to be supplied to smelter

3rd June 2022 Metallurgical industry plant supplier SMS group has been selected to supply a Peirce-Smith Converter for converting nickel matte for the production of batteries to global nickel exporter Société de Nickel de Nouvelle Calédonie et Corée (SNNC) in South Korea. The supply will fast-track the... 

A group of gentlemen representing furnace component manufacturer and SMS group and nickle exporter SNNC holding a sign announcing the conclusion of their contract signing meeting
A GOOD SIGN The contract signing ceremony between SMS group and SNNC held earlier this year in South Korea

New filters for alumina plant

3rd June 2022 Mining plant and machine supplier thyssenkrupp Mining Technologies and diversified natural resources producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) in February signed a contract for the supply and replacement of four electric filters at the Pavlodar Alumina Plant, part of the Aluminium of Kazakhstan... 

Two men in suits sitting at a table signing the documentation for the or the supply and replacement of four electric filters between thussenkrup and Eurasian Resources Group
PEN TO PAPER The signing ceremony of the contract or the supply and replacement of four electric filters

Supplier for Brazil ferronickel mine chosen

3rd June 2022 Industrial engineering and equipment multinational FLSmidth has been chosen as the supplier of the rotary kiln and rotary dryer for the Araguaia Niquel Metais ferronickel mine in the state of Pará in the northern region of Brazil. The order was booked in the first quarter of 2022 and is valued at... 

A large rotary kiln and drier system manufactured by FLSmidth is being delivered to the rAaguaia Niquel Metais ferronickel mine in Brazil
TURNING POINT The rotary kiln and drier supplied by FLSmidth is being delivered to the ferronickle mine in Brazil

Service provider continues to expand its fleet

By: Halima Frost     3rd June 2022 Demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition has steadily expanded its fleet of equipment to befit projects that facilitate relines and repairs on furnaces and kilns of all types. Furnace demolition projects generally represent a smaller proportion of the company’s scope, as furnace demolition... 

A large yellow Hyundai rock breaking machine used inside a furnace to break down the ceramic inner walls of a furnace
INSIDE JOB Jet Demolition offers solutions to work inside confined spaces such as on furnaces

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Calix receives funding for low emissions lime project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th May 2022 ASX-listed environmental technology company Calix has been awarded an A$11-million grant from the federal government’s Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs and Technologies programme, to develop the world’s first commercial-scale process for low emissions lime. Patterning with ASX-listed Adbri,... 

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Green Sedibelo will use 82% less electricity to take PGMs all the way to end consumer  

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines is well on its way to becoming the lowest of low-energy PGM energy users and the highest of high on-site beneficiators of metals that are key in the global fight against climate change. Sedibelo’s technology sensation is the remarkable... 

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Pallinghurst managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Use of recycled copper components limits costs

By: Halima Frost     20th August 2021 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has successfully manufactured and supplied recycled copper cast components to a platinum group metals (PGMs) smelter near Rustenburg, in the North West, over the past three months. About 115 000 kg of raw copper and 6 500 kg of... 

Thos Begbie manufacturing a copper inline arc furnace component from recycled copper
THROWING COPPER Thos Begbie has taken to recycling copper to decrease costs and increase lead times on its components

South Africa on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says new SAIMM president  

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2021 South Africa is on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says newly elected Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Isabel Geldenhuys. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Geldenhuys expressed the view that all the big mines with big moving machinery... 

An image of new SAIMM president Isabel Geldenhuys
South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president Isabel Geldenhuys interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

New furnace camera improves inspection efficiency

28th May 2021 Metals and minerals processing company Metso Outotec is launching a robust furnace camera to reduce or even eliminate the need to switch the power off or cut the material feed to inspect the furnace. The new camera ensures that operators can safely monitor conditions inside the furnace in real... 

FURNACE CAMERA
The furnace camera is a fully integrated solution that is fast and easy to install into new or existing furnaces
FURNACE CAMERA The furnace camera is a fully integrated solution that is fast and easy to install into new or existing furnaces

Air drying kit to maintain performance for mines

28th May 2021 Eliminating the build-up of moisture is an ongoing challenge in the mining and offshore sectors, where the harsh and hazardous environments make it daunting to maintain the integrity of key infrastructure and equipment, which needs clean and dry air to operate efficiently. “Condensation and... 

DECIDEDLY DESICCANT
Oxair supplies desiccant air dryers that can help combat condensation in pipelines and keep machinery running for longer
DECIDEDLY DESICCANT Oxair supplies desiccant air dryers that can help combat condensation in pipelines and keep machinery running for longer

New dryer range piques mining interest

By: Darren Parker     28th May 2021 The introduction of compressed-air equipment manufacturer Artic Driers International’s new SA Series heatless pressure swing air dryers has sparked significant interest in the South African mining sector, says CEO Allen Cockfield. “Local mining engineers like the tough, simple, local build... 

STRAIGHT FORWARD Local mining engineers like the tough, simple, local build because it is easier to service
STRAIGHT FORWARD Local mining engineers like the tough, simple, local build because it is easier to service

New services enhance repairs

By: Darren Parker     28th May 2021 Furnace services company Dickinson Group of Companies’ (DGC’s) new service offerings help to ensure more cost-effective furnace maintenance and repair. DGC added endoscopic furnace inspection services to its service offering, which is ideal for smaller scale maintenance and repair work, just... 

ENDOSCOPIC VIEW The highly robust furnace endoscopy devices can be used to inspect units at any temperature
ENDOSCOPIC VIEW The highly robust furnace endoscopy devices can be used to inspect units at any temperature

Furnace sector heating up after Covid-19

By: Darren Parker     28th May 2021 There has been a significant increase in project activity for furnace services company Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) since the start of this year. DGC commercial manager Louwrens Minnie tells Mining Weekly that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic caused a slump in activity last year, but... 

SAFETY FIRST The most dangerous part of doing furnace rebuilds is the demolition that first has to take place
SAFETY FIRST The most dangerous part of doing furnace rebuilds is the demolition that first has to take place

Merafe loss decreases, electricity risk remains, logistics challenge intensifies  

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Although the loss suffered by ferrochrome company Merafe Resources decreased in 2020, its electricity risk remains and its logistics challenges are intensifying. Merafe’s revenue and operating income is primarily generated from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, which has a total capacity of... 

Merafe Resources CEO Zanele Matlala.
Merafe Resources results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SMS Group to buy Andritz Maerz's copper furnace business

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2021 Industrial furnace company Andritz Maerz and plant supplier SMS Group have entered into an agreement to transfer the global copper furnace business, including the related intellectual property and service activities, from Andritz Maerz to SMS. SMS states that the acquisition further strengthens... 

SA company aims for preferred supplier status in Australia

By: Cameron Mackay     16th October 2020 Australia is abundant in minerals, with more mines being established every year; this results in more mined ore having to be processed, says local foundry company Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes. He states that the company’s goal is to be the preferred supplier of components for... 

SCM21 PROJECT SUPPLIER
Thos Begbie will manufacture and supply new and improved components to
BHP’s Olympic Dam underground copper mine’s flash and electric furnace
SCM21 PROJECT SUPPLIER Thos Begbie will manufacture and supply new and improved components to BHP’s Olympic Dam underground copper mine’s flash and electric furnace

Company meets demands amid pandemic challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th October 2020 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has received multiple orders to manufacture components for the pyrometallurgical industry. The company continues to manufacture copper components for this industry despite the constraints of limited resources in the engineering industry. 

TEAMWORK
Thos Begbie has adapted operations to use virtual platforms to conduct meetings, inspections and webinars
TEAMWORK Thos Begbie has adapted operations to use virtual platforms to conduct meetings, inspections and webinars

Local value chain should include TiCI4, powder

4th September 2020 A PhD study on developing a roadmap for the South African titanium metal industry indicated that the South African titanium metal value chain should be expanded to include local TiCl4 and titanium metal powder production. The study was conducted at the Graduate School of Technology Management, at... 

COMPLETING THE FLOW 
With South Africa being one of the largest producers of mined titanium, rutile and ilmenite, many would assume that the country has a thriving titanium industry
COMPLETING THE FLOW With South Africa being one of the largest producers of mined titanium, rutile and ilmenite, many would assume that the country has a thriving titanium industry

Foundry company ensuring safe platinum smelting

By: Tracy Hancock     21st August 2020 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie expects to finalise production of the Phase B coolers for platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in the North West, by November this year. This will ensure the interchangeability with the... 

TIMEOUS TURNAROUND
Thos Begbie is ensuring the interchangeability of furnace components at the Anglo Converter Plant in Rustenburg
TIMEOUS TURNAROUND Thos Begbie is ensuring the interchangeability of furnace components at the Anglo Converter Plant in Rustenburg

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin.
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Flight to quality favours South Africa – Kumba Iron Ore 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2020 The flight to iron-ore quality, driven by environmental concerns and the need for cleaner production and less air pollution, is a demand trend that favours South Africa’s high quality iron-ore. That is the view of Kumba Iron Ore executive head marketing and seaborne logistics Timo Smit, who was... 

Illustrated is Kumba Iron Ore's pit-to-port performance in the six months to June 30.
Illustrated is Kumba Iron Ore's pit-to-port performance in the six months to June 30.
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