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ELB Engineering, a construction and engineering servicing firm, has been awarded contracts to construct two plants in South Africa for Kumba, Africa’s largest iron ore producer
According to Kumba, the projects will involve design, handling materials, construction of solid media separation units, assembly and commissioning of the plants.
This includes a Sishen mine tailings plant, which will be used in the recovery of iron ore from tailings that are already in existence, and Kolomela separation plants, which will be used in the treatment of B-grade stockpiles, the company said.
According to ELB, the iron-ore company chose two plants that will guarantee the highest possible return within the shortest time. This is because the production of iron ore will increase by a margin of about two million tonnes annually without affecting the cost of mining.
Although the worth of the deal has not been declared, ELB is expected to produce fine iron ore product from materials of low grade, while maximising production and ensuring that the cost of assets and resources invested into these projects is reduced to the barest minimum.