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Minerals and Metals Processing, Smelting and Refining

Services group gains agencies, boosts offering

By: Halima Frost     7th September 2018 Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies has been appointed as an agent for Danish chemical industry company Haldor Topsoe in Namibia, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dickinson Group will promote, sell and strategically warehouse... 

Peru processing facility acquired

7th September 2018 Mineral resources company Inca One Gold has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire full ownership of Anthem United, which owns 90.14% interest in the 350 t/d Koricancha ore processing facility in Peru, from miner Equinox Gold. Koricancha is located about 50 km from Inca One’s ore... 

Peru processing facility acquired
OPERATING EFFICIENCY Koricancha is a custom-built, fully operational, industrial gold ore processing facility, featuring a carbon-in-leach gold circuit

Company expands footprint in manganese mining industry

7th September 2018 Mining equipment specialist Osborn Engineered Services has secured an R8.5-million order to supply a range of its high-quality machines to a new manganese mine in the Northern Cape. Osborn product sales manager Francois Scott says that this order and the region are significant for Osborn. The... 

Company expands footprint in manganese mining industry
MANGANESE OPERATION Osborn Engineered Services will supply new machines to a new operation in the Northern Cape

Manufacturer first to undergo SABS local content verification

7th September 2018 South African mineral processing equipment manufacturer Multotec has taken the step of having its local content verified by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), in line with the requirements of the 2018 draft Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Mineral... 

Manufacturer first to undergo SABS local content verification
PANNELLING THE COMPETITION Multotec is a specialist in polyurethane, rubber and wedge wire screen panels

Platinum miner starts construction of SO2 abatement project

By: Halima Frost     7th September 2018 Construction of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) sulphur dioxide (SO2) abatement project at its Polokwane smelter, in Limpopo, has started. Amplats will implement new wet sulphuric acid (WSA) technology at the smelter, which the company predicts will ultimately reduce SO2... 

Platinum miner starts  construction of SO2  abatement project
TURNING THE TIDE Hatch Africa MD Welekazi Cele, Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith and Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha at the sod-turning ceremony

Company fills gap in market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Platinum group metal (PGM) tailings reprocessing company Tailing Technology (Tailtech) is investigating the potential development of a tailings plant to add value to an existing operation owned by platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

Company fills gap in market
SEIZING OPPORTUNITY Tailing Technology saw a gap in the market for the installation of a plant at the back-end of an existing mine to retreat tailings material

Company moves forward with tailings retreatment project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Aim-listed Goldplat PLC’s recovery operation in South Africa, Goldplat Recovery, will be investing in a tailings retreatment project during 2018, as its growth over the past decade has resulted in the operation accumulating a large tailings stock dam.  

Company moves  forward with tailings retreatment project
SOPHISTICATED CIRCUIT Goldplat Recovery’s extraction processes and multiple process lines enable it to keep materials separate, which provides a high degree of flexibility when proposing a solution for a particular type of material

Kimberley tailings still yielding diamonds

15th December 2017 Historical diamond tailings left across Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, by diversified miner De Beers Consolidated Mines continue to hold significant potential for diamond extraction, owing to technological advances made in ore treatment.  

Kimberley tailings still yielding diamonds
STILL GOING STRONG The Petra Diamonds and Ekapa Mining joint venture incorporates the Kimberley Underground mine – mining the Bultfontein, Dutoitspan and Wesselton kimberlite pipes and extensive tailings retreatment programmes with resources of about 140.1-million tons.

Activated carbon producer to aid tailings processing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Activated carbon manufacturer Rotocarb offers tailings retreatment plants in the mining industry a solution for their water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations that uses local raw material, technology and deployment to produce activated carbon, which is critical in the... 

Activated carbon producer to aid tailings processing
WATER TREATMENT SOLUTION There is a big requirement for activated carbon, which local manufacturer Rotocarb can provide a solution for with locally designed technology and locally sourced raw materials

Rare Group

15th December 2017 A distributor and service provider of piping and related products covering the entire fluid conveyance cycle, Rare Group was established in 1975 to supply carbon steel products to the petrochemicals industry. Rare has since evolved into a complete pipeline solutions provider which holds ISO... 

Rare Group

Company’s solutions address minerals processing inefficiencies

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 To address water contamination in the minerals processing sector, processing specialist Multotec is installing its CleanTeQ ion-exchange system, which is designed for the removal of soluble elements from process water, at operations in Oman and soon in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

Company’s solutions  address minerals  processing inefficiencies
MINERALS RECLAMATION Multotec's ion-exchange system can also be used to recover valuable minerals from effluent streams at mineral processing plants

South African professor wins sampling award

8th September 2017 University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering mineral resources and reserves joint commission international Professor Dick Minnit received the Pierre Maurice Gy Sampling Gold Medal at the eighth World Conference on Sampling and Blending 2017, in Perth, Australia.  

South African professor wins sampling award
SAMPLING EXCELLENCY Pierre Maurice Gy Sampling Gold Medal award winners, such as Professor Dick Minnit (centre), receive recognition to excellence in the teaching and application of the theory of sampling

Humidity, moisture sensors see growth

8th September 2017 The need for optimal safety, high yield and combustion value to ensure process integrity is spurring double-digit growth and adoption of humidity and moisture sensors in various industries, including the mining and minerals processing industry, states market research company Frost & Sullivan.  

Mineral processing plants prioritising cybersecurity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Infrastructure solutions company BT says minerals processing companies are starting to prioritise efforts against cyberattacks on process control solutions. BT Asia, Middle East and Africa head of energy and research Stephen du Preez, tells Mining Weekly that a targeted attack can cripple or even... 

Mineral processing plants prioritising cybersecurity
Photo by Bloomberg
HELD AT RANSOM A proper cybersecurity strategy can address this risk and block, for example, ransomware from gaining access to computers that run the process control software

Poor market conditions lead to diversification

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Owing to tough ferrochrome and ferromanganese market conditions globally, process and engineering service provider Metix has had to widen its focus beyond ferrous metals and target the processing of other commodities.  

Proper process control components increase processing efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 With technology and equipment used for mineral processing well established and generally highly automated, slurry control valves manufacturer eDART is focused on the efficient use of energy and the improved reliability of components.  

Proper process control components increase processing efficiency
FLUID CONTROL eDART uses computational fluid dynamics to design splitter boxes for increased efficiency and controlling the flow distribution in a minerals processing plant

Benefits of coarse particle flotation tech

8th September 2017 Coarse particle flotation (CPF) technology can increase mill throughput by as much as 15% to 20% while reducing energy and media consumption, and provides a coarse tailings stream, without a loss in mineral recovery, says Canada-headquartered global flotation technology provider Eriez Flotation.  

Benefits of coarse particle flotation tech
ALMOST PERFECT As little as 1% surface expression is required for nearly complete recovery of coarse particles with the HydroFloat separator

Industry challenges encourage new tech developments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Automation technology for minerals processing has become an indispensable element of productivity, owing to the role it plays in improving quality, reducing cost and labour intensity, as well as decreasing energy and raw material consumption, says integrated solutions provider Takraf Africa,... 

Industry challenges encourage new  tech developments
BREAKING THROUGH Junior miners prefer semimobile equipment, such as the Bradford Breaker, owing to its low capital cost and ease of transport

Success at C-Cut, but earlier design input needed 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Wear solutions provider Rio-Carb completed a liner supply project for diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine, near Pretoria, in Gauteng, in June.  

Success at C-Cut, but  earlier design input needed
Rio-Carb GM Sias Suurd discusses challenges with liner installations and total cost of ownership in mineral processing plants. Video: Nichols Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Investments in metal production remain low

2nd September 2016 As a result of the sustained pressure on commodity prices and continuing geopolitical risks, investments in metal production have remained at a low level, says the German engineering federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau’s (VDMA’s) supplier of plant, machinery, equipment and... 

Investments in metal production remain low
Photo by Bloomberg
LACK OF INTEREST There will be few major projects in the metal production sectors in 2016 as a result of continuing geopolitical risks, volatile commodity prices and the difficult situation in the global steel and aluminium industries

Australian scientists developing enviro-friendly processing methods

2nd September 2016 Scientists at Flinders University in South Australia are developing new processing methods to help miners eliminate the widespread environmental damage caused by toxic chemicals and acid leaching. Flinders University associate professor Sarah Harmer comments that widespread environmental damage... 

Australian scientists  developing enviro-friendly processing methods
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW METHODS Progress is being made in finding better ways to more sustainably separate valuable ores such as copper, iron, lead and zinc

Gangama dry mine aiming for steady state production

2nd September 2016 Steady-state operation at the Gangama dry mine plant was expected to be achieved within four months, mineral sands company Sierra Rutile reported in June. Plant commissioning of the Sierra Leone-based Gangama dry mine project and the handover from mining project manager DRA Projects to owner... 

$900m engineering, procurement contract for copper smelter awarded

2nd September 2016 Engineering, procurement and construction management and consultation company Chiyoda Singapore, a subsidiary of integrated engineering company Chiyoda Corporation, has been awarded a $900-million offshore engineering and procurement contract for mining and processing company PT Freeport... 

$900m engineering, procurement contract for copper smelter awarded
Photo by Bloomberg
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER Chiyoda was awarded a contract by PT Freeport Indonesia its wealth of construction experience in copper smelter related facilities

New international sales team member to cultivate partnerships in EMEA

2nd September 2016 US-based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems Superior Industries recently added Michael Dunne to its international sales team to develop business partnerships throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Dunne possesses over 20 years of... 

Cost benefits of crushers for Zambian copper mines significant

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd September 2016 Designer and manufacturer of diversified mining processing equipment MMD Mineral Sizing Africa is designing customised underground sizing stations for underground copper mines in Zambia. 

Cost benefits of crushers for Zambian copper mines significant
INNOVATIVE DESIGNS MMD is pairing equipment to produce innovative, custom-designed systems for underground copper mines

E-scrap collection expands in Europe

2nd September 2016 Japanese materials producer Mitsubishi Materials Corporation has established MM Metal Recycling at Moerdijk, Noord-Brabant, in the Netherlands to expand the collection of electronic scrap, or e-scrap, from the European region. The original starting point for Mitsubishi Materials was as the mining... 

E-scrap collection expands in Europe
Photo by Duane Daws
E-SCRAP Valuable metal can be found in in scrap such as circuit boards

Aspiring battery-grade cobalt producer advances cause

2nd September 2016 Development stage mining company Fortune Minerals has completed a fully subscribed $1.25-million nonbrokered private placement of units, with the proceeds allocated to general working capital purposes. Fortune owns the Nico cobalt-gold-bismuth-copper development project, which is expected to... 

Process consistency instrumental in refinery success

By: Bruce Montiea     4th September 2015 To enable optimal operational efficiency, refineries have to reduce errors in analysis, achieve process consistency and increase data visibility, says logistics and supply chain company Prediction Software. To achieve this, refineries have to use the appropriate technology, company president Gene... 

Preheater technology makes smelting projects efficient

By: Bruce Montiea     4th September 2015 The shortage of electricity supply in South Africa and the associated increase in electricity prices have resulted in a severe downturn in the country's furnace industry, with many smelting projects being put on hold, says high-capacity furnace and smelting plant company Tenova Pyromet sales and... 

Preheater technology makes  smelting projects efficient
EFFICIENT ENERGY USE Multiple Preheater Technology directly addresses mines’ needs to reduce their electricity consumption

Canadian mining and refinery project ready for financing

By: Bruce Montiea     4th September 2015 Canadian precious-metals and specialty minerals projects developer Fortune Minerals is pursuing financing solutions and offtake agreements for its Nico gold/cobalt/bismuth/copper project, a vertically integrated development comprising a proposed mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories and a... 

Canadian mining and  refinery project ready  for financing
MINERAL RICH The Nico deposit contains significant cobalt and gold, as well as 12% of global bismuth reserves

JV to provide specialised smelter services

By: Bruce Montiea     4th September 2015 Joint venture (JV) specialist furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson ZIS has made significant progress in providing global smelters with personalised smelter services since its establishment last year, says metals smelting and mineral processing services company The Dickinson Group... 

JV to provide  specialised  smelter services
Photo by Bloomberg
METALS-PROCESSING SERVICES Dickinson ZIS was established primarily to expand refractory and aluminium smelter services in KZN and throughout Southern Africa
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