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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Africa: October 28th 2008


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:: Award of Contract for Foskor Extension 8 De-bottlenecking Project

Bateman Engineering is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) contract for the approximately USD71 million (ZAR600 million) Foskor Extension 8 De-bottlenecking project in Phalaborwa, RSA. This follows the recent up-date and re-validation by Bateman Engineering of their February 2007 feasibility study for the project.

The project will commence in October 2008 and is due to be completed by September 2010. It will restore the production throughput capacity of the Extension 8 to its design level of 5.2 million tons per annum. This will be achieved by replacing 2 million tons per annum of crushing and milling capacity.

This brownfields project involves the design, supply and construction of a 250 ton per hour tertiary crushing, rod milling, ball milling, classification and flotation feed thickener circuit. This circuit will be fully integrated into the Extension 8 process facility to make use of the surplus flotation capacity left by the existing under performing milling circuit.

A South African company, Foskor has two main production facilities: Foskor Richards Bay, primarily a producer of phosphoric acid and phosphate based fertilizers and Foskor Phalaborwa, focused on the mining and beneficiation of phosphate rock as well as recovering low concentrates of copper minerals located in Phalaborwa.

Eddie du Rand, Group CEO of Bateman Engineering, commented: “We are pleased to be working on this project for one of the world’s largest producers of phosphate and phosphoric acid. We have a long standing relationship with Foskor as a client which we highly value."




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