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Manganese News

Norwegian ferro-alloy plant starts producing

2nd July 2003 Brazilian metal producer Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) announced yesterday that its wholly owned subsidiary, Rio Doce Manganese Norway (RDMN), located in Mo I Rana, Norway, started its operations on ealier this week. 

Action needed to address ferrochrome oversupply

27th June 2003 Despite good demand for ferrochrome globally, market prices have remained under pressure as result of oversupply and the the Department of Minerals and Energy believes that more co-odination is needed in among South African producers to address the situation. 

Africa a priority for Brazil mining group

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2003 Africa is emerging as a priority area in Brazilian mining group CVRD’s plans to join the top 3 global mining companies in market capitalisation. 

Launch of metals-recovery empowerment project

By: Zonika Botha     13th June 2003 A consortium, comprising Mindev, a wholly-owned subsidiary of State-owned minerals researcher Mintek, Atoll, a joint venture between Mintek and Bateman Titaco, private company PGR Investments 17, and Sebeso, a black-empowered joint-venture between Leswikeng Minerals & Energy and Safika Resources,... 

Minerals trust raises education contribution

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd May 2003 The Minerals Education Trust has increased its contributions to a variety of tertiary-education institutions this year. 

Ferrochrome sector is staring higher power tariffs in the face

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th April 2003 Electricity group Eskom’s metals-sector specialist, Charles Mahony, warned the expanding ferroalloys sector that it cannot be insulated from higher power prices in the future when he spoke at the Chromium 2003 conference in Johannesburg earlier this month. 

SA’s ferrochrome share expected to rise to 60%

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     11th April 2003 The South African ferrochrome industry’s share of global production is expected to increase to 60% – from 55% at present – by the end of next year, thanks to planned expansions and greenfield projects. 

EIA study on for new chrome-mine project

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th April 2003 An environmental-impact assessment (EIA) study is under way for Samancor Chrome’s proposed chrome-mining development project, located north of Steelpoort, in the Limpopo Province. 

New ferrochrome smelter

4th April 2003 Name of the project and location New ferrochrome smelter, Richards Bay. Project description The project forms part of the strategic industrial projects, which offer a tax-free advantage of about R480-million. If the project is given the go-ahead 115 permanent jobs and 1 300 indirect jobs would be... 

Target date of 2005 for new chrome mine

By: Joanne Delaurentis     4th April 2003 The development of the new chrome mine on the farm Buffelsfontein on the western limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex is expected to get under way before the middle of this year, and completed in early 2005, Transvaal Ferro-Chrome CEO Ian Watson tells Mining Weekly. 

Resources group upgrades plant

28th March 2003 A member of the Switzerland-based international natural resources group Xstrata, Xstrata Alloys, of Rustenburg, spent R8,5-million upgrading the kiln bag-house at its Lydenburg ferrochrome processing plant. 

SA Chrome signs deal with Chinese steel group

14th March 2003 Ferrochrome producer South African Chrome and Alloys Limited this week announced that it has signed a heads of agreement with Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (Jisco), the largest iron and steel producer in North West China, to undertake a feasibility study into the expansion of SA Chrome’s... 

New furnace to raise ferrochrome output at Steelpoort operation

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 2003 The new submerged arc furnace which is under construction at ASA Metals’ ferrrochrome smelter operation at Steelpoort in Limpopo province will be operating at full capacity by May 2004 

ASA Metals' furnace

21st February 2003 Name of the project and location ASA Metals’ furnace, Steelport, Limpopo. Project description The project involves the expansion of ASA Metals’ plant, with the main component being the construction of a new furnace. Value R160-million. Duration The project will take about 14 months to... 

Final enviro deadline for new ferrochrome project

By: Deborah Spicer     21st February 2003 Interested and affected parties have until today (Feb 21) to voice any objections to the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) and the environmental management programme report (EMPR) submitted by Transvaal Ferro-Chrome for its Buffelsfontein project. 

Xstrata sets up committee to achieve BEE targets

By: Joanne Delaurentis     21st February 2003 London-listed diversified mining and metals group Xstrata claims to have taken a proactive approach to the industry requirements for black economic empowerment (BEE) laid out in South Africa’s new Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act and the subsequent Empowerment Charter... 

Limpopo furnace contract awarded

5th February 2003 Johannesburg-based smelting technology and equipment specialist, Pyromet Technologies, has been awarded the contract to design, construct and commission an additional submerged arc AC furnace at ASA Metals in Steelpoort, in Limpopo Province, as part of a R160-milion expansion. 

Manganese mine installs a new spectrometer

15th November 2002 Assmang Black Rock mine installed a Jobin Yvon, Ultima 2, ICP spectrometer from Wirsam Scientific. 

Brazilian mining giant has global plans

By: Keith Campbell     15th November 2002 Brazilian mining group CVRD is planning to increase its mining prospecting and research budget to $60-million from this year’s $50-million, and the entire increase will be spent outside Brazil. 

Explosion prevention divisions merge

By: candice haase     11th October 2002 Where it was aimed originally at focusing on coal-dust explosions, the CSIR Kloppersbos facility now also caters for industrial dust explosion prevention. 

Stainless growth triggers new chrome outpour

By: Deborah Spicer     16th September 2002 Southern African ferrochrome producers are gearing themselves to enlarge their share of the global ferrochrome market based on a belief that the stainless-steel market, which consumes 78% of mined chromite ore, is set to grow. 

Stainless-steel growth prospects trigger new chrome outpouring

By: Deborah Spicer     13th September 2002 Southern African ferrochrome producers are gearing themselves to enlarge their share of the global ferrochrome market based on a belief that the stainless-steel market, which consumes 78% of mined chromite ore, is set to grow. 

EMD plant (beneficiation project)

19th July 2002 Name of the project and location Electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) processing plant. Project description Mineral research body, Mintek, has signed an agreement with the US Trade and Development Agency (TDA), which will provide a grant of R2,1-million to determine the viability of an EMD... 

New mining plan for manganese mine

9th July 2002 Australian resources group Consolidated Minerals has announced an optimised long-term production and mining plan for its Woodie Woodie manganese mine in Western Australia. 

SA ferrochrome industry under review

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 A comprehensive study of the South African ferrochrome industry is being conducted by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), and is scheduled for release by the end of August, IDC executive vice president of the projects division Jaco Kriek tells Mining Weekly. 

Smelter's twin furnaces commissioned

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 The first of two 54 MVA closed-furnaces at SA Chrome’s new R700-million smelting plant was ready for hot-commissioning in early June 2002, allowing for the first ferrochrome to be tapped in the middle of that month. 

Finnish techno giant commits to project in the long term

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 Finnish technology supplier Outokumpu has committed itself to SA Chrome beyond its involvement in the engineering and supply of equipment and erection services for the construction of the smelter. 

$30m manganese-beneficiation plan

21st June 2002 Mineral research body Mintek is planning to capitalise on South Africa’s standing as the host of about 80% of the world's known reserves of high-grade manganese ore. 

Direct-current furnace fires up ferromanganese production

By: nkolola halwindi     24th May 2002 Specialist supplier of mineral and metallurgical technology, Mintek has produced 2 300 t of medium-carbon ferromanganese using the direct current (DC) arc furnace at its Randburg premises. 

Small company, big capex ideas

By: Keith Campbell     15th February 2002 Anglovaal Mining, although one of the country's smaller mining companies, could account for up to 10% of all mining investment in SA from 2001 to 2006. 

Big ferrochrome producer to shut down operations

7th February 2002 The decision by Norway’s Elkem to shut down its ferrochrome production should have a limited effect on the market’s balance, but does reflect tough times for producers at present, traders said. 

Ferrochrome plant to produce 175 000 t in 2002

31st January 2002 South Africa’s Assmang chrome plant has spent R750-million to raise capacity of ferrochrome alloy to more than 300 000 tons a year from about 100 000 tons despite weak metal prices, the company said. 

SA ferrochrome plant closed

27th November 2001 Mining and energy giant BHP Billiton has announced the closure of its Palmiet Ferrochrome operation, located in Krugersdorp, South Africa, effective immediately. 

Union, mining group close to deal on strike

6th November 2001 Mining company BHP Billiton said it hoped a 25-day wage strike at its Samancor unit would soon be resolved after a key union said it may end the strike today. 

Miner opposes sympathy strikes

30th October 2001 Diversified miner BHP Billiton on Monday appealed against a court order which would allow workers at its South African aluminium and manganese units to join strikers at its ferrochrome plants. 

Strike hits ferrochrome output

12th October 2001 Ferrochrome producer Samancor, a subsidiary of BHP Billiton, has cut 40 000 tons of its 850 000 tons annual output because of a wage strike that started on Thursday, a BHP Billiton spokesman said. 

Now ferrochrome strike looms

10th October 2001 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said its members would embark on a wage strike from Thursday at the ferrochrome units of Samancor, a subsidiary of mining giant BHP Billiton. 

Swiss group in new facility era

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 SWISS-based mining group Xstrata saw the commissioning of a number of important new facilities during the first half of this year. 

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