Platinum smelter furnace installation completed

13th December 2002 By: vanessa vasques

The installation of the electrode columns and copper bustube system for a Hatch six-in-line furnace at the Polokwane platinum smelter, owned by Anglo Platinum, is complete.

The equipment was manufactured and installed by heavy-engineering specialist Prodin, which was awarded the contract, estimated to be worth around R30-million, at the beginning of the year by engineering consultants Greenblat & Hutton.

The installation of the equipment started in the middle of September.

"This project has been the single largest for us in this line of work," says Prodin projects and marketing director Jorge de Freitas. In the past three years Prodin has provided similar equipment, including furnace shells and water-cooled ducting to Lonmin Platinum, Rustenburg Platinum and Impala Platinum.

De Freitas is confident that the platinum industry will continue to flourish and grow as it has over the last few years.

In a constant effort to broaden its customer base, the company is looking at the international market for future projects.

The company's standards of quality are comparable with the highest anywhere in the world and at competitive prices.

In order to further facilitate future contracts of this size the company recently bought and moved to larger premises from a 4 000 m2 factory in Tulisa Park to an 18 000 m2 workshop facility in Wadeville, both in Gauteng.

De Freitas says the bigger facilities will allow the company to handle a work load four times what it was capable of in its previous premises.

To further allow more control and quicker turnaround time, the company recently bought a 3 m