JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is looking to upgrade its private rail siding from 60 t to 100 t rail wagons so that it can transport manganese ore to the Port of Saldanha in a much more efficient way.
Currently, the private rail siding at the Black Rock mine in the Northern Cape can only take a maximum of a 60 t train wagon.
ARM, through Assmang, which is currently exporting about two-million tonnes of manganese ore through Saldanha and two-million tonnes through Port Elizabeth, is targeting the export of five-million tonnes through the upgrade.
“If you just do that maths, from a 60 t to a 100 t wagon, we’re get very close to our five-million tonnes,“ said ARM Ferrous CE Andre Joubert in response to questions at ARM’s presentation of record financial year 2021 results.
Transnet Freight Rail is also going to do some work on the rail from Hotazel to Sishen.
The Kalahari manganese field contains about 80% of the world’s known high-grade manganese ore reserves.
“On the manganese side, we’ve got to be careful that we don't oversupply the market. But again, in that regard, we’re monitoring the situation very carefully and we’re working again closely with Transnet on this,” Joubert added at the presentation, covered by Mining Weekly.
Assmang has very good grade of manganese ore, which reduces carbon emissions when used in the further beneficiation process.
Because of this greater efficiency, more enquiries are received...
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