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Furnaces and Kilns News

Heat treatment specialist to complete furnace installation

23rd May 2014 UK-based metallurgical services laboratory and heat treatment specialist Keighley Laboratories is nearing completion of a heat treatment facility, comprising a nitriding furnace and a nitrocarburising furnace, at its West Yorkshire headquarters. Keighley Laboratories reports that construction is... 

South African furnace maker refurbs major refinery’s kilns

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 South Africa-based kiln and furnace manufacturer Van Tuyl Kilns and Furnaces has been contracted to refurbish global precious metals refining and smelting company Rand Refinery’s two kilns in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, says Van Tuyl MD Ian McCullough. McCullough tells Mining Weekly that the project... 

South African furnace maker refurbs major  refinery’s kilns
IAN MCCULLOUGH Demand for furnaces is on the decline in South Africa

Accurate flue-gas measurements key for furnace efficiency

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 When extracting and refining valuable geological materials from the earth, a variety of industrial combustion processes are required, says global instrumentation solutions manufacturer E Instruments International. Product manager Bill Freed explains that the combustion processes can emit highly... 

SA to host first global furnace conference

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 The South African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) says it is ready for an influx of global furnace manufactures, users and related stakeholders as it prepares to host the first Furnace Tapping Conference at the Misty Hills Country Hotel, in Johannesburg, from May 27 to 29. Organising... 

SA to host first global  furnace conference
JOALET STEENKAMP While doing her PhD studies, Steenkamp identified the need for a furnace- tapping overview platform

Tenova Pyromet to supply copper cooling technology to Xstrata Technology

By: Leandi Kolver     24th March 2014 Electric furnaces and associated plant equipment supplier Tenova Pyromet, part of the international Tenova Mining & Minerals Group, has been awarded a contract to supply its copper cooling technology to Xstrata Technology, the company said on Monday. This contract award followed the successful... 

Tenova Pyromet to supply copper cooling technology to Xstrata Technology

Technology solutions provider exhibits full mining services range

By: Ilan Solomons     24th January 2014 Total technology solutions provider to the global mining, minerals and bulk materials handling sectors Tenova Mining & Minerals, will showcase its comprehensive offering across the mining and minerals value chain at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape... 

Technology solutions provider exhibits full mining services range
Photo by Duane Daws
TOLLIE NEL Tenova Bateman’s capabilities and track record will be on exhibition at the Mining Indaba

Glencore Merafe’s Tswelopele project lauded for slashing energy use by 21%

By: Chantelle Kotze     17th January 2014 The implementation of chrome venture Glencore Merafe PSV’s R800-million Tswelopele project, undertaken at the venture’s Rustenburg ferrochrome smelting complex, saw it reduce its energy use from 3.95 MWh/t of ferrochrome produced in 2011/12 to 3.42 MWh/t of ferrochrome produced in 2013, which... 

Glencore Merafe’s Tswelopele project lauded for slashing energy use by 21%
TSWELOPELE PELLETISING AND SINTERING PLANT The Tswelopele project started in 2010 and was aimed at developing a 600 000 t/y chrome-fines pelletising and sintering plant at its Rustenburg operation

SA manufacturer delivers water-cooled components for Copperbelt mine

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th December 2013 Furnace component engineering and production company Thos Begbie has completed the manufacturing of water-cooled copper components for the Isasmelt furnace, based at TSX-listed First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Kansanshi mine on the Central African Copperbelt, in Zambia 

Furnace supplier ‘fully entrenched’ in Indian ferroalloys market

By: Samantha Herbst     13th September 2013 Having completed the cold commissioning of two 33 MVA ferro- and silicomanganese furnaces for India-based Sarda Metals and Alloys (Smal) in January, high-capacity electric smelting furnace designer and supplier Tenova Pyromet believes it has entrenched its position in India and is currently the... 

Company experiences success with rotary kiln division

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 Manufacturer and supplier to the mining, smelter and minerals processing industries, the Dickinson Group, established a dedicated rotary kiln division last year, focusing on all the furnace industries that use rotary kilns. CEO Trevor Dickinson tells Mining Weekly that this was in line with the... 

Success for kiln specialist with redesigned heating system

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 Furnace and carbon regeneration kiln specialists Custom Furnaces says its redesigned heating system for carbon regeneration kilns has been well received by the gold mining industry in South Africa, as it reduces downtime by at least 30 hours. “In 2010, we redesigned the heating system using... 

Engineering firm to focus on lowering costs of production for SA clients

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 South African smelter engineering firm Metix does not predict any major expansions in the South African ferroalloy industry in the next two years, owing to major industry challenges. The company, which forms part of global steel processing technology supplier SMS Siemag, notes that these industry... 

Company emphasises advantages of gas cleaning technology for SA ferroalloys industry

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 The recent power constraints and price hikes in the country should prompt the South African ferroalloy industry to consider using technology to turn furnace off-gas into energy, says Germany-based gas cleaning specialists Theisen Engineering. State-owned power utility Eskom’s yearly electricity... 

Improved production in first quarter due to furnace performance

By: Natalie Greve     24th May 2013 Resource company Merafe Resources improved its ferrochrome production in the first quarter of 2013 by 3% over the comparative 2012 period on the back on enhanced overall furnace performance, realising attributable production of 67 000 t. The furnaces, at the company’s Tswelopele pelletising plant... 

Depressed market causes company to revert to offshore work

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 Owing to the depressed market in South Africa, designer and supplier of high-capacity, electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces and complete smelting plants for the production of ferroalloys, base metals, slag cleaning and alloy refining, Tenova Pyromet, reports that it has increased the number... 

BHP Billiton in two project South African investment

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2013 Diversified major BHP Billiton is investing in two projects in South Africa. BHP Billiton South Africa chairperson Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, who addressed the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, reports that the company is undertaking a geophysical survey to assess the hydrocarbon... 

Local partnership supplies components for largest calcium carbide furnaces 

By: Chantelle Kotze     6th September 2012 A partnership between engineering consultancy Hatch and furnace component engineering and production company Thos Begbie & Company will form an integral part of a China-based project to build the largest calcium carbide furnaces in the world. 

Local partnership supplies components for largest  calcium carbide furnaces
Thos Begbie Corporate Profile. Camerawork and Editing: Shane Williams and Darlene Creamer.

The brain drain continues

By: Samantha Herbst     10th August 2012 A flood of trained and highly skilled mining and pyrometallurgical engineers have left South Africa in the past 30 years, and are now working in Australia, says local engineering and production company Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer, who tells Mining Weekly that meetings in Perth or Melbourne are... 

Supplier making strides in mineral-rich Australia

By: Samantha Herbst     10th August 2012 South Africa-based furnace component engineering and production company Thos Begbie, has, in this quarter, supplied three Australia-based smelting projects of top mining companies BHP Billiton, Outotec and Xstrata Technologies, with various furnace components. One of the many components supplied... 

Coinjection technology to improve furnace processes

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 If materials handling and pneumatic conveying systems supplier Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) can successfully implement its co-injection process, as well as achieve its proposed 30% capacity increase outcomes, it will be the only company, to date, to have achieved this. 

Atomising technology set to improve metal recovery

25th May 2012 South Africa’s State-owned minerals researcher, Mintek, is in the process of constructing a pilot plant for research on its atomising technology which, once developed, is set to improve metal recovery. 

R162m drying and dispatch facility upgrade at local phosphate mine

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 South African phosphate rock miner and fertiliser producer Foskor is performing a R162-million dryer debottlenecking project at the drying and dispatch section of its mining division in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. 

ISO award enables company to grow

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 Water-cooled furnace component manufacturer Bruno Quatro Engineering has successfully broadened its customer base to include almost the entire South African smelting industry, owing to the importance it places on complying with standards and product performance, says Bruno Quatro MD Frank Klinkert. 

Global furnace group boasts numerous projects

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 Local furnace supplier Tenova Pyromet is undertaking the design and supply of components for two ferrochrome furnaces for use at the Xstrata-Merafe Lion ferrochrome complex, in Limpopo. 

Europe’s biggest blast furnace produces 70-millionth ton of steel

25th May 2012 Blast furnace Schwelgern 2, owned by diversified industrial group ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe, produced its seventy-millionth ton of hot metal, in February. 

Indonesian steel manufacturer places furnace order

25th May 2012 One of Indonesia’s largest steel manufacturers, Gunung Steel Group, has placed an order with global steel processing technology supplier SMS Siemag Germany for the supply of an Arccess electric arc furnace and a ladle furnace for its new steelmaking plant complex, in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia. 

Gold refinery rebrands

16th March 2012 South African gold refinery Rand Refinery has relaunched its brand and corporate identity in line with the organisation’s new growth and diversification strategy which is aimed at expanding into new regions, most notably Asia and Western Europe, while expanding its product portfolio. 

Tenova to give Bateman wider market presence in Chile, Australia 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2012 Mining project house Bateman Engineering is expected to be given a wider market presence in both South America and Australia following its acquisition by Tenova of Italy. Tenova CEO Gianluigi (Gigi) Nova reports that Tenova’s $150-million (R1.2-billion) acquisition of Bateman has already secured... 

Mining-heavy SA industry group issues carbon tax warning 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2012 An industry lobby group comprising large mining groups and mineral processing companies is cautioning against the proposed introduction of a carbon tax in South Africa until South Africa has fully charted its abatement potential and the costs implications of implementing its renewable-energy... 

Acquisition brings new furnace technology to South Africa

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     20th January 2012 Smelter engineering firm Metix has been able to provide the mining industry with technology that was previously not available in South Africa, following the company’s acquisition by global steel processing technology supplier SMS Siemag.  

Operations at emulsion plant stepped up

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th September 2011 Explosives supplier BME says it is continually increasing production at its Kansanshi emulsion manufacturing plant, in Zambia, to accommodate rising demand.  

Fly ash handling system to improve platinum miner’s operation

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2011 Materials handling company Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) is currently supplying a fly ash handling system to platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) to improve the operation of its boiler system. CBZ is part of Clyde Bergemann Power Group, a global group of companies supplying systems and... 

Alternative fuels and raw materials fire cement producer’s kilns

20th May 2011 Greening its operations is a business imperative for cement group AfriSam, which is currently successfully using alternative raw materials to fire the kiln at its Ulco plant, in the Northern Cape. “Conventionally, coal is used to fire kilns to the intense temperatures required. In using... 

Kiln maintenance reduces operating margin

20th May 2011 Junior mining resource company Canaf states the lower than traditional operating margin it experienced for the three months ending January 31, is a result of a maintenance shutdown at its South African calcined anthracite operation. 

Fibre optics enables temperature mapping

20th May 2011 Consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch reports it has developed a Tapblock Fibre Optic Temperature Measurement System that provides accurate temperature readings from previously inaccessible locations inside a furnace. Hatch global director of control technologies Terry... 

Barro Alto to reach full production by second half of 2012

20th May 2011 Making use of low-risk proven technology and a rotary kiln electric furnace process, diversified miner Anglo American expects its $1,9-billion Barro Alto nickel project, in Brazil, to reach full production capacity in the second half of 2012.  

€11-million lime calcining system to be delivered end 2011

20th May 2011 Global supplier of sustainable technology and services for the mining industry Metso will supply a 900 t/d lime calcining system worth about €11-million to US-based manufacturer and supplier of magnesium oxide and magnesium hydroxide products Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties.  

Kiln maintenance reduces synthetic rutile production

20th May 2011 Mineral sands producer Iluka reports synthetic rutile production decreased to 78 500 t during the March quarter, compared with the 87 300 t produced in the previous corresponding period. 

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