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Furnaces and Kilns News

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. 

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. 

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