Anglo Platinum
  - Mortimer Smelter
  - Polokwane Smelter
  - Waterval Smelter
Bindura Nickel
Hatch Africa
Impala Platinum
KCM Chingola
KCM Nkana
Lonmin Platinum
Mintek Pyrometallurgy
Mittal Steel Newcastle
Namakwa Sands
Palabora Mining
Pyro 2006
Richards Bay Minerals
SA Calcium Carbide
Samancor Chrome
Thermo software
Ticor SA
University of Pretoria
University of Stellenbosch
Wits University
Xstrata Alloys
Zimbabwe Alloys

Southern Africa

Pyrometallurgy in Southern Africa


Rodney Jones

List of Southern African Smelters

Mozal, Maputo, Mozambique, 550 kt/a
Hillside Smelter, Richards Bay, 700 kt/a
Bayside Smelter, Richards Bay, 175 kt/a
(Coega (Alcan), 720 kt/a - construction 2008-2013, cost R20bn, 1350 MW)

Calcium Carbide
SA Calcium Carbide (formerly Karbochem), Newcastle

[Chambishi Metals, Kitwe, Zambia, 3.4 - 4 kt/a Co - Closed]

Kansanshi (First Quantum), Zambia, 300 kt/a (IsaSmelt)
Konkola Copper Mines Nchanga Smelter, Chingola, Zambia, 300 kt/a (Outokumpu flash smelting furnace and slag cleaning)
Mopani Copper, Mufulira, Zambia, 185 kt/a (IsaSmelt)
Palabora Mining, Phalaborwa, 160 kt/a (Reverb)
Chambishi (China Nonferrous Metal Mining Group), Zambia, 250 kt/a (IsaSmelt)
Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb (previously Namibia Custom Smelters (Weatherly International); formerly Ongopolo Mining and Processing), Tsumeb, Namibia, 40-50 kt/a (Ausmelt)
BCL nickel-copper smelter, Selebi Phikwe, Botswana, 30 kt/a (Outotec flash)
Rubamin, Likasi, DRC, 20 kt/a
Copalcor (secondary smelter), Germiston, 5 kt/a
[Konkola Copper Mines (Sterlite) Nkana Smelter, Kitwe, Zambia, 165 kt/a - Closed in 2009]

Ferrometals, Witbank, 550 kt/a
Xstrata Wonderkop, Rustenburg, 545 kt/a
Xstrata Rustenburg, Rustenburg, 430 kt/a
Xstrata Lydenburg, Lydenburg, 400 kt/a
Sinosteel ASA Metals, Dilokong, 400 kt/a
Sinosteel Tubatse Chrome, Steelpoort, 380 kt/a
Glencore-Merafe Project Lion I, Steelpoort, 364 kt/a
Glencore-Merafe Project Lion II, Steelpoort, 360 kt/a (to be commissioned mid 2014)
Assmang Chrome, Machadodorp, 300 kt/a
Middelburg Ferrochrome, Middelburg, 285 kt/a
Hernic Ferrochrome, Brits, 260 kt/a
Xstrata SA Chrome, Boshoek, near Rustenburg, 240 kt/a
Mogale Alloys, Krugersdorp, 130 kt/a
Bathlako Ferrochrome (Samancor), 25 kt/a
Tata (Steel) Ferrochrome, Richards Bay, (Under construction, commissioning 2007/2010), 135 kt/a (/270 kt/a)
Zimbabwe Alloys, Gweru, Zimbabwe, 43 kt/a
Zimasco, Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, 220 kt/a
Maranatha Ferrochrome, Eiffel Flats, Kadoma, Zimbabwe
International Ferro-Metals, Moonooi, near Brits / Madibeng, 267 kt/a

Metalloys, Meyerton, 530 kt/a
Cato Ridge Alloys (Assmang), Cato Ridge, 245 kt/a
Advalloys, Meyerton, 75 kt/a
Transalloys, Witbank, 50 kt/a
Okahandja Manganese Smelter, Namibia

Metalloys, Meyerton
Rand Carbide, Witbank, 58 kt/a
Xstrata Silicon Technology, Ballangeich

Vanchem division of Highveld Steel and Vanadium, Witbank, 17 kt/a (vanadium slag)
Rhovan (Xstrata), Brits, 6kt/a FeV .
Vametco Alloys (Stratcor / Evraz), Brits, 5.25kt/a, Nitrovan and FeV
[Vantech (Xstrata), ex Vansa, Kennedys Vale / Steelpoort (converted to FeCr)]

Rand Refinery, Germiston

Iron and Steel
ArcelorMittal Steel Vanderbijlpark, 3.5 Mt/a
ArcelorMittal Steel Saldanha, 1.4 Mt/a
ArcelorMittal Steel Newcastle, 1.5 Mt/a
ArcelorMittal Steel Vereeniging, 0.4 Mt/a
Zisco Steel, Zimbabwe, 1 Mt/a
Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, Witbank
Scaw Metals, Germiston, 500 kt/a
Dunswart Steel, Benoni
Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (Cisco), Kuilsrivier, Cape Town, 400 kt/a

Frys Metals (secondary smelter), Germiston, 55 kt/a

BCL, Selebi-Phikwe, Botswana, 60 kt/a
Bindura Nickel, Bindura, Zimbabwe (to be completed Q1 2016)
Empress Nickel, Eiffel Flats, Zimbabwe
(also see Platinum Group Metals)

Platinum Group Metals
Anglo Platinum Waterval Smelter, Rustenburg, 2.5 Moz/a Pt
Anglo Platinum Polokwane Smelter, Polokwane
Anglo Platinum Mortimer Smelter, Rustenburg
Impala Platinum, Rustenburg, 2.0 Moz/a Pt
Lonmin Platinum, Mooinooi, 0.9 Moz/a Pt
Northam Platinum, Northam, 0.2 Moz/a Pt
Zimplats (formerly Makwiro Platinum), Zimbabwe, 0.1 Moz/a Pt

Xstrata Silicon Technology, Ballangeich, 55 kt/a
Invensil Silicon Smelters, Polokwane, 40 kt/a
Namibia Metals, Omaruru, Namibia, 20 kt/a

Metalloys, Meyerton, 200 kt/a
Transalloys, Witbank

Stainless steel
Columbus Stainless, Middelburg

Titania Slag
Richards Bay Minerals, Richards Bay, 1000 kt/a
Namakwa Sands, Saldanha Bay, 230 kt/a
Ticor SA, Richards Bay, 250 kt/a
Corridor Sands, Chibuto, Gaza province, Mozambique (feasibility study), 250 kt/a
Highveld Steel and Vanadium, Witbank, 48 kt/a

Zincor, Springs, 120 kt/a

Research and Development Companies and Universities
Mintek, Randburg
Anglo Research, Johannesburg
University of the Witwatersrand
University of Pretoria
Stellenbosch University

Furnace builders and supporting companies
SMS Demag
G&H Consulting Engineers
Castall Engineering
Auburn Furnace Services
SNC Lavalin
Dickinson Group - Furnace Contractors & Services
Clyde Bergemann Africa, Kya Sands
Ex Mente, Centurion
Thos Begbie
Paul Wurth
Vereeniging Refractories
Vesuvius Refractories
BOC Afrox
Air Liquide

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