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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Africa: November 7th 2005


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:: Namakwa Sands Expansion Project Approved

Anglo American has announced the approval of a $43 million (R320 million) expansion of the Namakwa Sands heavy mineral sands and smelting facilities, located on the West Coast of South Africa.

Namakwa Sands, part of Anglo American's Base Metals division, produces titanium dioxide slag (for use in the pigment industry) as well as high quality zircon and rutile products. The expansion will increase the output of zircon and rutile products by approximately 25% through increasing the mining and concentration plants' capacities. This will allow for the existing installed capacity of the Mineral Separation Plant to be fully utilised. In addition, the project will allow for hard mineralised material that is currently rejected in the process and returned to the mine, to be treated.

An amendment to the Environmental Management Programme Report has been lodged with the relevant authorities and approval is anticipated shortly. The project will be commissioned in the first half of 2007 and will extend the economic life of the operation by approximately 10 years.




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