Our FerroAlloys operations

Afarak’s FerroAlloys business is located in southern Africa and consists of the Stellite chrome mine, the Mecklenburg mine, the Mogale Alloys processing plant and the Vlakpoort mine in South Africa.

Our FerroAlloys segment produces five key products: high carbon FeCr, plasma ferrochrome, charge ferrochrome, stainless steel alloy (aluminium-iron-nickel alloy) and granulated MC ferrochrome.

Our operations are based in South Africa and consist of three chrome mines: Stellite, Mecklenburg  and Vlakpport.  All three sites are situated within the Bushveld Igneous Complex (BIC), which contains 75 percent of the world’s CR ore reserves.

Chrome ore extracted from all three sites is processed at our plant in Mogale.

Mecklenburg

Mine

The Mecklenburg Mine is located on the Eastern Limb of the Bushveld Complex, well known for hosting much of the world's known resources of platinum, but also a major source of chromite. The Mecklenburg mine started full production in July 2013. The Company is currently evaluating underground mining at Mecklenburg.

Stellite

Mine

The Stellite mine was acquired in late 2010, as part of the Chromex acquisition and will be the primary ore supply to Mogale Alloys, thereby integrating the FerroAlloys business. Excess lumpy chrome ore mined at Stellite is exported directly to China. Stellite is located on the western limb of the Bushveld complex in South Africa, where 70% of the world’s chrome resources are located and 40% of chrome production is sourced.

Vlakpoort

Mine

The Vlakpoort Mine is situated on the Northern part of the western limb of the Bushveld complex in South Africa. It was acquired in 2011 when the prospecting right was bought. Since then extensive exploration work was conducted which include geological drilling, trenching and a bulk sample of the LG5 and LG 6 seams that were taken to test the market. The resource consists of the LG1-6, MG1-4 and the UG1- 2 and Merensky reefs outcropping on the property.

Mogale

Processing plant

Afarak acquired Mogale in 2009, providing it with access to the bulk minerals processing sector in South Africa. The acquisition marked a strategic step forward for the Group by providing access to direct current (DC) furnace technology, which has been in operation at Mogale since 1983 and is considered to be a centre of excellence.
Mogale operates four furnaces; two submerged arc furnaces and two DC furnaces, with a total production capacity of 110,000 tonnes per annum. These furnaces are capable of producing four key products: silico manganese, plasma ferrochrome, charge ferrochrome and stainless steel alloy (chromium-iron-nickel alloy).

Mogale

Processing Plant

Installation of ferroalloy refining and granulation plant
On the 17th of December 2014, Afarak announced that Mogale Alloys has completed the installation of ferroalloy refining and granulation plant and the plant is in operation. The total cost of the investment was approximately ZAR 185.1 million (approximately EUR 12.9 million) and the monthly production capacity of the plant is expected to be 1,500 tonnes of medium carbon ferrochrome.

Zeerust

Mine

Afarak acquired Zeerust in 2017 for its high-quality ore. The mine also has reserves of tailings which Afarak will convert using its expertise in shaking table technology.

Our FerroAlloys in Figures

(2019 figures)

282,306mt

Mining production

43,702mt

Processing production

55,193mt

Sales of processed material

307

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