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Minerals and Metals Processing, Smelting and Refining

Location tech adds real value

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Since the installation of a real-time intelligent location system – developed by global location technology platform company Quuppa – the mine in which it has been installed has reported a reduction in downtime and an uptick in productivity, communications device provider Ya Batho tells Mining... 

New contracts awarded to services provider

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 A division of Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies, Dickinson Copperbelt Services (DCS), has successfully established new contracts with two separate copper smelting plants in the Kolwezi district, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The... 

An image of a large red truck fitted with vacuum pump and tank used for acid plant sludge spillage recovery
PUMP N' DUMP TRUCK Dickinson Copperbelt Services has secured the contracts for industrial services at two new copper plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Supplier keeps up with tech revolution

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Based on its BlueTechnology philosophy, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group has significantly broadened its expertise in processing, supplies and services for nonferrous metals production over the past year to meet the highest requirements of customers. “BlueTechnology in nonferrous metals... 

Three BlueSmelters supplied by SMS group in operation at Aurus automobile company in Russia for recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment
BLUE GROUP SMS group has implemented its range of BlueTechnology offerings at a greenfield plant in Russia for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment

Unique refinery concept enters first phase 

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Global industry body the International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa desk spokesperson Simon Norton says the first phase of its “bold plan” to implement South Africa’s own zinc refinery has started. This includes raising the much-needed funding for the research phase, he stresses. 

A drone image of the Skorpion zinc refinery in Namibia which South Africa imports zinc from according to the IZA Africa Desk
The International Zink Association African Desk spokesperson Simon Norton discusses the concept of a new zinc smelter with ultra-low power consumption and a novel smelting process in South Africa.

Company meets demands amid pandemic challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th October 2020 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has received multiple orders to manufacture components for the pyrometallurgical industry. The company continues to manufacture copper components for this industry despite the constraints of limited resources in the engineering industry. 

TEAMWORK
Thos Begbie has adapted operations to use virtual platforms to conduct meetings, inspections and webinars
TEAMWORK Thos Begbie has adapted operations to use virtual platforms to conduct meetings, inspections and webinars

Company patents extraction method

4th September 2020 Canadian-listed rare earth clean technologies developer Geomega Resources’ patent application US15/578,498 titled, ‘A system and a method for metallurgical extraction of rare earth elements (REE) and niobium’, was approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in June. 

IT IS CHEMICAL
A total of 58 kg of regenerated HCl is to be used per metric ton of ore to extract REE and niobium
IT IS CHEMICAL A total of 58 kg of regenerated HCl is to be used per metric ton of ore to extract REE and niobium

Digital transformation bearing fruit

4th September 2020 Latin American zinc, copper and lead producer Nexa Resources has appointed Swiss automation company ABB to provide state-of-the-art industrial automation systems for new and existing operations. 

Local value chain should include TiCI4, powder

4th September 2020 A PhD study on developing a roadmap for the South African titanium metal industry indicated that the South African titanium metal value chain should be expanded to include local TiCl4 and titanium metal powder production. The study was conducted at the Graduate School of Technology Management, at... 

COMPLETING THE FLOW 
With South Africa being one of the largest producers of mined titanium, rutile and ilmenite, many would assume that the country has a thriving titanium industry
COMPLETING THE FLOW With South Africa being one of the largest producers of mined titanium, rutile and ilmenite, many would assume that the country has a thriving titanium industry

Pilot delivers powder production

4th September 2020 Metals and rare earth processor Australian Strategic Materials (ASM) joint venture (JV) partner South Korea’s Zirconium Technology Corporation (ZironTech) has produced high purity (99.83%) titanium metal powder through its new electrorefining process at the commercial pilot plant in South Korea. 

HEAVY METAL
ASM will focus on the production of dysprosium, praseodymium and zirconium metals in August
HEAVY METAL ASM will focus on the production of dysprosium, praseodymium and zirconium metals in August

New reagent increases recovery of phosphate

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th September 2020 Chemical reagents supplier and distributor Axis House has launched an extension to its phosphate range to include defoamer and decadmiation products in addition to the existing Rinkalore collector range for phosphate flotation. 

PHOSPHATE SPECIALISED
Axis House has launched an extension to its phosphate range to include defoamer and decadmiation products
PHOSPHATE SPECIALISED Axis House has launched an extension to its phosphate range to include defoamer and decadmiation products

Company acquires environmental licences for lithium plant

6th September 2019 Brazil-based lithium miner Sigma Lithium Resources has acquired the necessary environmental licences for the construction (LP) and installation (LI) of its lithium commercial production plant from Minas Gerais environmental authority the Council of Environmental Policy (Copam) in Brazil. Copam... 

CLEAN PROCESSING
The plant will use dry stacking technology to manage tailings, recycle about 90% of its water use, and will use energy from a hydroelectric plant
CLEAN PROCESSING The plant will use dry stacking technology to manage tailings, recycle about 90% of its water use, and will use energy from a hydroelectric plant

Screening products performance optimised

6th September 2019 Wire screen media products manufacturer MAJOR Wire Industries has introduced a new crown curve calculation and updated crown curve adaptors for enhanced performance by the company’s tensioned Flex-Mat high vibration wire screens and other screen media products on screen decks originally designed... 

IMPROVED SCREENING PERFORMANCE 

The new crown curve calculation and updated crown curve adaptors optimise performance of the company’s tensioned screen media such as the Flex-Mat
IMPROVED SCREENING PERFORMANCE The new crown curve calculation and updated crown curve adaptors optimise performance of the company’s tensioned screen media such as the Flex-Mat

Company’s demolition processes ideal for mining furnace projects

By: Cameron Mackay     6th September 2019 The specialised demolition services of demolition contractor Jet Demolition are ideally suited to the distinctive challenges of any furnace demolition, particularly those in mining operations, owing to the specialised machines and equipment modified to work in such a confined space, says Jet... 

INTEGRATED SAFETY MEASURES

Furnace shutdowns require working under extreme conditions, which makes it important that teams are well rested, disciplined and experienced
INTEGRATED SAFETY MEASURES Furnace shutdowns require working under extreme conditions, which makes it important that teams are well rested, disciplined and experienced

Filter press launched for mining industry

6th September 2019 Mining processing equipment provider Outotec has launched the new Outotec FP-S filter press, which is ideal for standard filtration applications, particularly when there is a need for short delivery lead-time and a safe, reliable operation. The filter press offers efficient solid-liquid... 

FLEXIBILITY WITH ACCESSORIES

The modular design of the Outotec FP-S filter press allows it to be configured with optional accessories to meet the requirements in standard filtration applications
FLEXIBILITY WITH ACCESSORIES The modular design of the Outotec FP-S filter press allows it to be configured with optional accessories to meet the requirements in standard filtration applications

Gold miner to expand ore processing in Senegal

6th September 2019 Canadian gold production company Dynacor Gold Mines has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with mining equipment provider KN Equipments and wealth fund the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Senegal for Strategic Invesments (FONSIS) to begin the process of strategically expanding Dynacor’s business globally... 

MEETING PROCESSING DEMAND

As the new company would be the sole professional ore-processing facility in Senegal, Dynacor sees strong demand for its reputable and knowledgeable service
Photo by Bloomberg
MEETING PROCESSING DEMAND As the new company would be the sole professional ore-processing facility in Senegal, Dynacor sees strong demand for its reputable and knowledgeable service

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... 

HANDLING THE LOAD
Dickinson Group's state-of-the-art heavy duty vacuum truck is used for catalyst handling
HANDLING THE LOAD Dickinson Group's state-of-the-art heavy duty vacuum truck is used for catalyst handling

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... 

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

MANGANESE OPERATION
Osborn Engineered Services will supply new machines to a new operation in the Northern Cape
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... 

PANNELLING THE COMPETITION
Multotec is a specialist in polyurethane, rubber and wedge wire screen panels
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... 

TURNING THE TIDE
Hatch Africa MD Welekazi Cele, Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith and Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha at the sod-turning ceremony
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).  

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
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.  

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
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.  

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.
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... 

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
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.  

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

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
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... 

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
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.  

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