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Furnaces and Kilns News

Lonmin shuts SA platinum furnace for at least seven days

By: Matthew Hill     30th June 2008 World number-three platinum producer Lonmin on Monday said that it had shut down its Number One furnace for at least one week, after it detected a water leak there. Spokesperson Alex Shorland-Ball said that the miner was planning another month-long shutdown at the end of the year, to change the... 

Lonmin hit by number of small smelter explosions, miner says not serious

By: Chanel de Bruyn     21st May 2008 The world's third-largest platinum producer, Lonmin, on Wednesday denied that there had been any "serious explosions" at its Merensky smelter or that it had failed to report any incidents to the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME). South African trade union Solidarity on... 

Durban steel plant reopens furnaces after fatal explosion

9th May 2008 JSE-listed African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), the joint owner of Assmang, states that a further two furnaces at its Cato Ridge plant will have restarted in April, 2008. 

Furnace specialist expanding its horizons

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Designer and supplier of electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces, Tenova Pyromet, is six months into the building contract of two ferrochrome 66-MW closed furnaces for charge chrome producer ASA Metals. 

Pyrometallurgy specialist celebrates forty years of production

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Furnace and kiln specialist, Thermopower Furnaces, is celebrating its fortieth year of production in the pyrometallurgy industry. 

South African aviation industry getting heat treatment

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Furnace manufacturing company, Custom Furnaces, has completed a custom-built heat-treatment furnace for the South African aviation industry with a total value of about R40-million. 

Engineering firm gains global license to market furnace cooling technology

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Engineering project house Bateman Engineering's pyromettallury division has secured world-wide rights to market the technology to the nonferrous pyrometallurgical industry, with the conclusion of a license agreement between Bateman Engineering and the University of Melbourne, in Australia. 

Gold certificate for componenet manufacturer

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Furnace-component manufacturer Bruno Quatro has been awarded a gold certificate by steel producer Evras Highveld Steel as its top engineering supplier for 2007.  

Smelting specialist providing new technology

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Smelting and technology equipment company Metix has been commissioned to convert two conventional open furnaces for ferrochrome producer, Hernic Ferrochrome, to closed furnaces 

Dryer specialist supplying the furnace industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Compressed air dryer supplier, Arctic Driers, has supplied an F 500 air-dryer to ferroalloys business Assmang for its ferromanganese plant in Machadodorp, in Mpumalanga. 

BHP starts cutting power demand at aluminium smelters

By: Christy van der Merwe     31st January 2008 The world's largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, announced on Thursday that it would reduce power demand at the Bayside, Hillside, and Mozal aluminium smelters by 10%, under instruction from the South African government and electricity utility Eskom, in an effort to stabilise the power... 

Project pipeline remains robust despite price jitters, says new Bateman Minerals chief

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2007 The minerals and metals unit of Aim-listed project house Bateman Engineering was continuing to experience strong demand for its products and services despite a recent softening in key commodity prices, with the newly appointed head of the division, Eddie du Rand, suggesting that there were signs... 

B&W to raise R60m ahead of AltX listing

By: Matthew Hill     11th June 2007 Electrical and instrumentation construction company B&W is hoping to raise R60-million through a private placement and a vendor placement of its shares, as it heads to its debut on Johannesburg's AltX, it said on Monday. 

Samancor Chrome to spend R1,4bn on local value-add projects by 2010

By: Matthew Hill     30th April 2007 Ferrochrome producer Samancor Chrome would spend R1,4-billion on beneficiation projects in South Africa over the next two years, including a new pelletiser plant, a DC furnace and a smelter, the firm told Mining Weekly Online last week. Speaking in an exclusive interview at Samancor's... 

Construction of R30m metal-recovery plant under way in Mpumalanga

By: Jade Davenport     1st December 2006 Construction of a R30-million metal-recovery plant has officially started at local ferrochrome producer ASA Metals’ Dilokong chrome mine, in Mpumulanga. 

State mining royalties proposals improve, but still causing some concern

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2006 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) regards the second draft of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Bill as an improvement on the original version, issued in 2003. 

Ugandan President encourages SA involvement in mining in his country

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2006 The East African country of Uganda is seeking to revive its mining and minerals industry by encouraging foreign investment in the sector. 

A passage to India

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2006 A Canadian mining mission is to visit India in November. 

Gravity-solutions provider to 'revolutionise' SA mineral processing

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 Encouraged by the recent backing of Australian industry association Amira, a gravity-concentration research programme instigated by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) lecturer Allan Nesbitt and supported by Australian gravity solutions provider, Gekko Systems, is well on its way to... 

New products to be launched at trade show

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 The Electra Mining exhibition is well known as an excellent platform from which to launch new products to the mining industry. 

Studies under way for pilot processing plants

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 As part of its research and development process, Mintek is currently running four large pilot campaigns for various PGM and base metal projects in South Africa and the rest of Africa. 

World’s largest omniscreen begins operation

18th August 2006 A 10-ft OmniScreen, the largest of its kind in the world, has been supplied to Xstrata Chrome Kroondal by minerals-processing specialist IMS Engineering (IMS). 

Ion-exchange fibre technology to optimise metal processes

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 In its ongoing quest to optimise processes in South African and African mineral and metal industries, multidisciplinary centre of innovation Mintek has devised a means to make the recovery, puri-fication and separation of metals more economical. 

Local smelting specialist awarded €4-million European contract

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 Leading designer and builder of smelting furnaces Pyromet Technologies was awarded with a €4-million contract in June this year to rebuild a furnace for a European-based company. Pyromet project manager Johan Bester says that the project is a rebuild of the existing furnace and includes the... 

Pyrometallurgy conference set for 2007

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 The third international symposium on Pyrometallurgy (Pyromet 07) is being held at Falmouth beach resort hotel, Falmouth, UK. 

New firm secures key contracts

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 Since its inception three years ago, specialised furnace-equipment designer and supplier Metix boasts a total order book approaching R1-billion. 

SA/Canadian miner on course to join uranium 'top five'

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2006 IF all goes according to plan, South African-based, Toronto-listed, uranium company sxr Uranium One will soon have the giant global mining group Rio Tinto as a shareholder. 

Platinum Australia completes bankable feasibility study of South African project

By: Jade Davenport     14th July 2006 The elite rank of South Africa’s platinum-group metals (PGM) producing community is soon to be joined by Australia-based Platinum Australia (PLA) with the successful completion of a bankable feasibility study at its Smokey Hills project this week. 

Kwale titanium mineral sands project

28th April 2006 Tiomin Resources has bought about 100 acres of land in proximity to the Central Dune area of the Kwale titanium project in Kenya for the construction of gravity- and minerals-processing plants. The processing plant will comprise the feed-preparation circuit, rutile dry circuit and zircon... 

Mintek, Bateman exchange pact bears fruit

By: Liezel Hill     31st March 2006 South African research and development body Mintek and engineering house Bateman earlier this month commissioned and launched the demonstration plant for a new metal-recovery plant the two organisations say offers significant benefits in improving recovery levels at base-metals plants. 

Anglo clamps down on illegal mining

By: Keith Campbell     27th January 2006 Benefits begin to flow from imporved law enforcement, beneficiation and infrastructure investment 

Russians sniff Kalahari manganese prospects

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2005 Russia's Renova Group has commenced a pre-feasibility study into the construction of a ferroalloy smelter in SA & formed a manganese JV with SA BEE companies. 

Flotation - less empiricism, more science

By: andrew lanham     21st October 2005 When you really think about froth flotation, it is a remarkable process. 

Practical assistance

By: andrew lanham     21st October 2005 In South Africa, the major mining houses carry out in-house research, as well as sponsoring projects at the universities and parastatals, such as Mintek and the CSIR Miningtek. 

Reagent efficiency essential in coal flotation

By: andrew lanham     21st October 2005 Thomas Roy of EKOF Flotation GmbH and Johannes Kottmann, MD of Humboldt-Wedag South Africa explain that flotation is the only process which alters the surface properties of substances by chemical means in such a way that sorting becomes feasible. 

Agnes, Metallon poised for expansion

By: andrew lanham     14th October 2005 Three years ago, this writer visited Agnes gold-mine situated just outside Barberton in Mpumalanga. 

South African coal-processing technology still among the best

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2005 South Africa remains a leader in coal processing technology both in terms of its technological expertise and its links to academia. 

Coal-fines utilisation future

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2005 An environmental impact assessment for a full-scale coal fines utilisation demonstration plant at Eskom’s Hendrina power station is now under way. 

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