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Furnaces and Kilns News

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. 

Madagascar nickel to be refined in East Rand town

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2005 The processed nickel and cobalt sulphides from the planned Ambatovy nickel project in Madagascar will be refined in Springs. 

Key technologies being researched by local institution

By: Mariaan Webb     19th August 2005 Mineral and metallurgical technology specialist Mintek has been active in the field of developing technology to process low-grade sulphide ores, in order to make them economically viable. 

New roaster technology destined for South Africa

19th August 2005 Local metals and technology group Outokumpu Technology will supply novel fluidised bed technology to Southern Africa when it commissions a new roaster next year. 

Company at forefront of smelting technology

By: Mariaan Webb     19th August 2005 Due to the rich mineral resources found in South Africa, the local smelting industry is one of the largest of its kind in the world. 

Diamond-mine opts for new-generation sorting technology

19th August 2005 In a first for MikroSort opto-electronic sorting technology, four sorting machines are to be supplied to Namdeb at Oranjemund to recover diamonds from X-ray tailings. 

New division to supply modular gold plants to Tanzania

By: Mariaan Webb     19th August 2005 In conjunction with development fund partners operating under the Tanzanian government, local mineral-processing company Consulmet Process Solutions has formed an operational division, Uhuru Mining Ventures (UMV), to specialise in the procurement of modular gold plants for Tanzania. 

Gold refining and smelting giant looks abroad

19th August 2005 South Africa’s Rand Refinery Limited – the world’s biggest single-site gold refining and smelting complex – is wooing gold producers and generators of smelter feedstock beyond South Africa, in its on-going and energetic pursuit of new business, MD Alan Muir says. 

Newcomer turns electronic scrap into profit

By: Mariaan Webb     19th August 2005 Newcomer to the smelting and refining industry, Dezzo Metal Processors, which recently moved to a 4 000 m2 premises in Wadeville, east of Johannesburg, is positioning itself in the South African minera-l and metal-processing industry as secondary refiners and traders in precious metals. 

Ferrochrome producer to get world's largest furnace

By: Mariaan Webb     19th August 2005 One of the world’s largest ferrochrome producers, Hernic Ferrochrome, near Brits, in the North West, will soon boast the biggest ferrochrome furnace in the world, Johannesburg-based smelter design and construction company Metix MD Reinier Meyjes tells Mining Weekly. 

Golden opportunities in West Africa

By: Jade Davenport     5th August 2005 Since the discovery of gold in the Witwatersrand area in 1886, South Africa has been the biggest and most significant gold producer in the world, at one stage contributing 70% of the total global production of the yellow metal. 

SA support for big Kazak project

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2005 South African metallurgical specialist Mintek last month issued its detailed final report on the large, demonstration-scale smelting project of Oriel Resources� Shevchenko ferronickel ores, in Kazakhstan. 

First output from SA uranium project in 18 months

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2005 SA miner Aflease Gold and Uranium Resources is determined to have its Dominion uranium project, at Klerksdorp, in operation during the first quarter of 2007. 

Junior miner targets $2bn market cap in two years 

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st April 2005 US-listed mining junior Centurion Gold Holdings aims to become a $500-million to a $2-billion market-capitalisation company within the next two years, says CEO Dale Paul. 

Project house seeks to unlock opportunities for own-technologies

By: Keith Campbell     18th March 2005 SOUTH African company Bateman Engineered Technologies is gaining the majority of its income from its own technologies. 

New mining logistics solution emerges

By: Keith Campbell     4th March 2005 Mining companies will be able to benefit from a joint initiative by two leading South African companies, Bateman and Barloworld, concerning logistics and supply-chain management. 

Finnish firm's unending quest for platinum processing technology

By: Liezel Hill     28th January 2005 With constant pressure from all sides on the mining sector, and particularly the high cost of mining and high demand for platinum, the development of, and demand for, improved technology and equipment is ongoing. 

Giant invests in new refining process

By: Keith Campbell     28th January 2005 THE new hydrometallurgical refining process for copper, copper-gold and nickel sulphide concentrates developed by Cominco Engineering Services Ltd (CESL) has received a big boost with the decision by Brazil’s Companha Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) to build a $58-million semi-industrial copper... 

Brazil's CVRD seeks global opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2004 For a while, earlier this year, it seemed possible that the world’s largest iron-ore producer, Brazil’s Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) would fulfil its explicit ambition of joining the ranks of the world’s Big Three (in terms of market value) mining groups – Anglo... 

Brazil's big mining cat on the prowl for global opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     19th November 2004 FOR a while, earlier this year, it seemed possible that the world’s largest iron-ore producer, Brazil’s Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) would fulfil its explicit ambition of joining the ranks of the world’s Big Three (in terms of market value) mining groups – Anglo... 

New technology proves worth at Africa's largest nickel-mine

By: Helene Le Roux     12th November 2004 Early operation results indicate that Africa�s largest nickel mine, Tati Nickel, in Botswana, has been successful in proving that it is economically viable to commercialise a new technology for processing mineral concentrates without the use of smelting. 

Crime syndicates still a big drain on mining industry

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2004 It is nearly as old as the industry itself. The pilfering of South Africa’s precious metals and diamonds started alongside South Africa’s mining industry – evolving linearly to the first rudimentary diggings into sophisticated multimillion-dollar operations. 

Missing billions

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2004 Precious metals and minerals syndicates still a big drain on industry 

New look at mining's economic contribution

By: Keith Campbell     4th October 2004 Far from being a ‘sunset industry’, mining in South Africa is set to remain a fundamental force in the South African economy for the next fifty or so years. 

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