New R1bn manganese furnace signals beneficiation support – BHP Billiton

Engineering News 6 March 2013.

MEYERTON (miningweekly.com) – South Africa’s Minerals Minister, Susan Shabangu, on Wednesday opened the largest operating furnace of its kind in the world at Samancor Manganese’s Metalloys smelter in Meyerton, allowing mining giant BHP Billiton to beneficiate close to 30% of the manganese ore it mines locally and demonstrate its support for increasing value addition and downstream job creation…

..The furnace uses improved technology, allowing the offgas that is emitted to be used for additional power generation, which increases electricity self-sufficiency on the site to 20% and reduces the electricity supply burden on South Africa’s hard-pressed State power utility Eskom…

(Comment: I wonder what they pay for their electricity?)

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