One day Technical Tours for delegates will be offered to Elandsfontein, Namakwa Sands Smelter and Saldanha Steel on Friday 23 April. This will include a stopover in the popular West Coast seaside town of Langebaan for lunch.
Elandsfontein (Kropz) is a phosphate operation located near the West Coast towns of Hopefield, Langebaan and Vredenburg. The operation processes ore from the Elandsfontein sedimentary phosphate deposit. Apatite is recovered from the phosphate ore through a process of screening, classification, milling, froth flotation and dewatering. The Elandsfontein mine is the second largest phosphate deposit in South Africa, behind Foskor’s operation in Phalaborwa. It has a 15 year lifespan with the capacity to produce 1.35 million tonnes per annum of phosphate concentrate for market.
Namakwa Sands (Tronox) is a mineral sands operation located around 250 km north of the deep-sea port of Saldanha Bay. Ore is mined and processed at the primary concentration plants to produce a mineral concentrate. It undergoes further processing at the secondary concentration plant to yield a magnetic and non-magnetic stream. These concentrates are transported to the Mineral Separation Plant where the minerals in the streams are separated to produce zircon, rutile and ilmenite. Rail trucks are used to transport the products to the smelter at Saldanha Bay where the ilmenite is processed in furnaces to produce titanium dioxide slag and pig iron. The zircon and rutile is stored on site for export.
Saldanha Steel (ArcelorMittal) is an export-focussed plant in close proximity to the deep-sea port of Saldanha Bay. The plant produces around 1.2 million tonnes per annum of Hot Rolled Coil (HRC). The ISO 9002 and ISO 14001 accredited plant is the only steel mill in the world to have successfully combined the Corex/Midrex process into a continuous chain, replacing the need for coke ovens and blast furnaces, and making the plant a world leader in emission control and environmental management. Facilities and technologies were specifically designed to produce 'clean' steel, with virtually no impurities such as tin and copper.