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Minerals and Metals Processing, Smelting and Refining

Kwale mineral sands project suffering delays in troubled Kenya, budget cut

By: Dennis Ndaba     18th January 2008 Delays have prompted Toronto-listed miner Tiomin Resources has cut its Kwale minerals-sands project construction budget in troubled Kenya to $200 000 a month - and will reduce it further if need be. Tiomin project coordinator and investor relations officer Joyce Misoi tells Mining Weekly that a... 

Fireproofing reduces foundry, mining damage

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     17th August 2007 Fire protection company Pyrocote director Trevor Miller says that fire proofing in furnace and smelting environments have improved, but that more can be done to ensure viable furnace safety. 

Process engineering firm eyes new markets

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     17th August 2007 Process engineering company K'Enyuka has identified the coal and diamond markets as possible new avenues in which to pursue its business interests. 

Materials-handling company secures three-year contract

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     17th August 2007 Bulk materials handling company Fraser Alexander Bulk Mech (FABM), a division of the Fraser Alexander Group, and ferrochrome production company ASA Metals, have signed a contract whereby FABM will be responsible for all ASA Metals materials handling for the next three years. The contract allows... 

Project engineer presents design, engineering package for Limpopo

17th August 2007 Engineering project company Bateman Engineering has provided minerals mining company Rhino Minerals with a complete engineering and design package for a greenfields crushing and washing plant at its Segorong andalusite-processing facility near Penge in the Limpopo province. 

Second diamond treatment plant under way for Lesotho mine 

17th August 2007 Engineering project company Bateman Engineering is engaged in a R235-million project for Letseng Diamonds to provide a second diamond-treatment plant for the Lets�eng-la-Terae mine in the Leribe district of northern Lesotho, which is about 120 km from the town of Bothe Bothe. 

New project provides 'breathing space' for dump

17th August 2007 One of the world�s biggest operations recovering gold from disused mine dumps, Crown Gold Recoveries (CGR), has begun reclaiming the 7,64-million ton 3/L/2 mine dump south of Johannesburg�s central business district (CBD) to recover an estimated 115 000 ounces of gold. 

Local minerals processing company enters into German partnership

17th August 2007 Enhancing its technology offering in the field of minerals processing, crushing, screening and milling equipment supply company IMS Engineering has entered into a partnership with Cologne-based Steinert Elektromagnetbau, a global leader in separation technology for the recycling, metals and... 

Emergent engineering company builds largest chromite sinter plant

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     17th August 2007 Smelting and technology equipment company Metix has been commissioned, as part of a joint venture, to construct the largest chromite sinter plant in the country. 

Local company repairs French furnace

17th August 2007 French company Bus Valera commissioned smelting and furnace rehabilitation company Pyromet to rebuild its Number One furnace in July 2006. 

Process turns sulhpur waste and minerals into usable sulphur, sulphuric acid

17th August 2007 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and its industrial partner Key Structure Holdings (KSH) are demonstrating a technology capable of converting sulphur bearing wastes and minerals into sulphur and sulphuric acid. 

Aluminium smelter project continues unabated

17th August 2007 Aluminium production company Alcan announced that it has signed a contract worth more than US$100-million with a joint venture consisting of SNC-Lavalin, Hatch, and Murray & Roberts for the front-end engineering design (FEED) and management of the first phase of the proposed COEGA Aluminium... 

Khumani crusher on track for handover

17th August 2007 The crusher at ferrous mineral mining company Assmang�s Khumani mine is on track for handover. 

Gold production back on track after disruption

17th August 2007 Gold production from the bacterial oxidation circuit at the Beaconsfield gold mine in Tasmania, has resumed after an interruption of almost a year, during which mining was suspended following a seismic incident and rock fall. 

New grinding roll for comminution research

17th August 2007 As part of its research into more cost-effective comminution technologies, state owned mineral technology research body Mintek, specialists in minerals and metallurgical technology and beneficiation, has commissioned a pilot-scale high pressure grinding roll 

Two North American projects for diamond company

17th August 2007 Two projects are currently under way in Canada, which have proved the abilities of project management and design company DRA Mineral Projects to meet and exceed client requirements. 

Commercial smelting of PGM concentrates to commence in thrid

17th August 2007 Minerals processing company Braemore Resources has announced that its subsidiary Independence Platinum and South African state-owned minerals technology researcher Mintek are to commence processing, on a commercial scale, a range of high chrome platinum group metal (PGM) concentrates at... 

Tiomin pledges to work with Kenya govt on Kwale

By: Dennis Ndaba     27th July 2007 Toronto-listed miner Tiomin Resources is evaluating new investment opportunities and hopes to see material progress in 2007 to restore shareholder value. 

Modified leaching process may slash uranium capex, says developer

By: Neal Goldwyer     29th June 2007 A uranium ore leaching process that was left on the shelf after research conducted in the 1950s considered it too impractical may promise uranium processing capital expenditure savings of up to 60%, Stanprojects’ Johan Stander informs Mining Weekly. 

First new primary SA uranium production in decades ramps up

By: Neal Goldwyer     29th June 2007 Toronto and Johannesburg stock exchange-listed mid-cap miner, Uranium One reports excellent progress at its Dominion Reefs Uranium Mine (DRUM) with no major unforeseen expenses unduly denting its budget or its ramp-up to full production. 

Tiomin shareholders approve Chinese investment

By: Dennis Ndaba     22nd June 2007 Toronto-listed miner Tiomin Resources has announced that 99,68% of the votes cast by ballot at its annual and special general meeting were in favour of the previously announced investment in the company by Jinchuan Group, of China. 

SA firm ships third mineral quantifier to Australia

By: Dennis Ndaba     18th May 2007 Profit enhancing solutions provider to mineral processing plants Blue Cube Systems has shipped its third Blue Cube MQi in-line mineral quantifier to Australia. Owing to success in the South African heavy minerals industry, the company introduced the technology to the Australian heavy minerals... 

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. 

Landmark agreement signed for new smelter, refinery

18th August 2006 In a joint statement released earlier this year, State-owned minerals and metallurgy researcher Mintek and Independence Platinum Limited (Ipt) announced that they had signed an agreement for the commercial development and exploitation of Mintek’s ConRoast process in a new independent... 

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