Operations

 

  Glencore-Merafe Chrome Venture’s operations

Ferrochrome plants Capacity Technology Mines
Western Limb (North West provinces)

 

Wonderkop

553 000 tpa FeCr

Bokamoso pelletising and sintering plant using Outotec technology

Kroondal, Waterval and Marikana

 

6 furnaces

Conventional semi-closed furnaces

 

Rustenburg

430 000 tpa FeCr

Tswelopele pelletising and sintering plant using Outotec technology

Kroondal, Waterval and Marikana

 

6 furnaces

Conventional semi-closed furnaces

 

Boshoek

240 000 tpa FeCr

Motswedi pelletising and sintering plant using Outotec technology

Horizon, Kroondal, Waterval and Boshoek

 

2 furnaces

Closed furnaces

 

Eastern Limb (Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces)

 

Lydenburg

396 000 tpa FeCr

Premus – kilns

Helena, Thorncliffe and Magareng

 

4 furnaces

3 closed furnaces and 1 semi-closed furnace

 

Lion Phase 1

360 000 tpa FeCr

Premus – kilns

Helena, Thorncliffe and Magareng

 

2 furnaces

Closed furnaces

 

  Our growth in ferrochrome since 2002

 

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
  • Commissioning of Merafe’s Boshoek smelter and the Motswedi pelletising and sintering plant
  • Horizon Mine
  • Kanana UG2 plant

 

 

  • Merafe acquires Boshoek Reserves
  • Formation of Glencore-Merafe Chrome Venture
  • Merafe’s participation interest in the Venture’s EBITDA increase
  • Merafe participates in 360 000 tpa Lion ferrochrome plant nd Helena Mine
  • Merafe acquires an interest in Wonderkop smelter and related mines
  • Interest in the Venture’s EBITDA increases to 20.5
  • Lion I ferrochrome
  • Merafe participates in Mototolo UG2 plant

2002

2003
2003
2005
2006
2007
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  • Merafe participates in Bokamoso pelletising and sintering plant
  • Merafe participates in expansionary projects including Horizon and Waterval mines
  • Merafe participates in Tswelopele pelletiser and sintering plant and K1 and K2 UG2 plants
  • Waterval Mine development completed
  • Merafe participates in Lion II and the development of Magareng Mine
  • Tswelopele in produce
  • Lion II ferrochrome plant scheduled for commissioning
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
Energy efficiency improvements

Energy efficiency improvements

  Product stewardship

The Venture monitors and addresses the impacts and risks associated with the use of its products throughout their life cycles, including during stages outside of its control, such as use, recovery, recycling and disposal.

It works with n2ational and international industry associations, its customers and suppliers to understand the environmental health and safety risk of its products and to find ways to mitigate these risks.

In terms of Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), all the products the Venture exports to countries in the European Union have been pre-registered, with the relevant preregistration certificates and numbers available. The Venture is also actively involved in REACH.

No products produced by the Venture, or their packaging materials, were reclaimed during 2012.

The Venture is participating in a life cycle inventory project for primary ferrochrome production. The scope of the project is to create a life cycle inventory for one kilogram of chromium contained in ferrochrome. The project includes the mining of chrome ore and transportation to the smelters, the transport of reductants and fluxes to the smelters and the smelting and production of ferrochrome up to the gate of the smelters. It will also include a complete assessment of downstream ferrochrome uses (for example in the stainless steel industry). The Venture is collaborating with other South African producers on this project.

To ensure the quality of its products the Venture aligns its systems with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 and some of its smelters are certified. Its laboratories are ISO 17025 accredited, which ensures that the methods and equipment it uses are accurate.

 

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