R/€ = 14.93
R/$ = 14.03
Au 1075.55 $/oz
Pt 843.50 $/oz
Aug 12, 2005
Furnaces maintenance to halt ferrochrome productionBack
© Reuse this The planned temporary suspension of ferrochrome production at seven furnaces at the Boshoek, Rustenburg and Wonderkop operations of the Xstrata Merafe Chrome Venture – Xstrata Alloys and Merafe Resources – has been confirmed. The temporary suspensions are required to allow for maintenance on the furnaces and have been planned for the South African winter months when electricity demand and power costs are at their peak. Due to the inherent nature of the ferrochrome-manufacturing pro- cess, a major rebuild of a ferro-chrome furnace is required approxi- mately every five years of its operational life.
Among other things, the rebuild entails the repair of the shell and the replacement of the protective fire- resistant inner lining of the furnace.
All other control and protective mechanisms are also checked and, if necessary, repaired or replaced during this process. In addition to this major rebuild, a further shutdown for maintenance work on a furnace is usually necessary every two to three years.
It is anticipated that five of the furnaces will be brought back into operation after the winter period. A decision regarding the timing of the return to production of the remaining two furnaces will be made in the second half of the year, taking account of prevailing ferrochrome demand. As a consequence, planned production of the Xstrata Merafe Chrome Venture is expected to reduce by up to 78 000 tons this year.
In addition, the continued suspension of the two furnaces that form part of Xstrata’s Wonderkop joint venture with Samancor will reduce Xstrata’s planned production by a further 27 500 tons this year.
Edited by: sarah-leigh paul© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Furnaces, Kiln, Ovens and Dryers News
Industrial oven, furnace, and environmental temperature cycling and stability test chamber designer and manufacturer Thermal Product Solutions (TPS), announced last month that it had designed a custom industrial oven that serves as a granulation dryer for a leading...
Recent Research Reports
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
This Week's Magazine
Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, has the potential to completely change the relationships between individual consumers, professional designers and manufacturers. So argued Loughborough University Reader in Computer Aided Product Design Dr Ian...
Airbus Defence and Space: Military Aircraft has highlighted that its A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) has significant commonalities with the Airbus A330-200 commercial airliner, upon which it is based. The South African Air Force (SAAF) once operated a fleet of...
Financial services provider Nedbank launched the second edition of its Carbon Footprinting Guide earlier this month, which is aimed at demystifying carbon footprint approaches and help readers grasp the main concepts of carbon measuring, monitoring, reporting and...
This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of Caterpillar’s first backhoe loader. This also coincides with the worldwide release of its latest-generation F2 series backhoe loader, which was launched at supply chain services company Barloworld Logistics’ Big Dig Day in...
A shortage of software engineers is leading to fewer information technology (IT) projects in private and public sector organisations. This also places a dampener on the economy, as IT is an integral part of business and civil service, says University of Witwatersrand...