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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Africa: November 24th 2003


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:: Hatch, Project Manager for Platinum-Industry First

Hatch was project manager for the first platinum plant that simultaneously dries and conveys particulate solids. The system, installed at Anglo Platinum's Rustenburg smelting complex in South Africa has a capacity of 96 tonnes per hour.

The system comprises two separate trains, each feeding 48 t/h of material to the converter-slag and furnace-matte plants, says London's Mining Journal, in the August 8, 2003 Technology Today column.

The trains each consist of two parallel Bateman Pneumo-Driers, a technology predominantly used in the diamond industry where the driers handle kimberlite ore, alluvial diamond ore, and marine silica sand.

The driers use approximately 4 MW of installed power to reduce from 15 percent to 0 percent the moisture content of platinum matte and slag.




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