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:: Global Demand for Bateman Flotation Equipment
Demand for Bateman's minerals-processing equipment continues to grow internationally with recent contracts coming from, amongst others, Kazakhstan in the CIS, South Africa and Botswana.
Bateman flotation cells are being supplied, through a R3M contract, to MDM for its Mupane Gold project in Botswana. The mine is owned by Gallery Gold of Australia and is located 30 km south-east of Francistown. The order comprises six Bateman BQR400 (40 m³) Flotation Cells for roughing and scavenging applications, as well as an operating and standby blower. The assembled equipment will be delivered by Bateman to the client in South Africa who will transport and install it on site under Bateman supervision. The cells will be installed two per level for control by one set of actuated dart valves, thereby maximising cost effectiveness.
Gold ore processing at the 1M t/yr Mupane plant is due to commence in the last quarter of this year.
A further order for Bateman flotation cells has been received for the RK1 Consortium concentrator, in Kroondal near Rustenburg, South Africa. The order, worth approximately R3,8M, comprises four Bateman BQR200 (20 m³) Rougher Cells, three BQR100 (10 m3) Cleaner Cells, one BQR50 (5 m³) Recleaner Cell and one BQR50 (5 m³) Re-recleaner Cell. A blower for the flotation air, together with instrument panel, is also being supplied.
Delivery of the cells is complete and installation is nearing completion. Bateman is responsible for the fabrication, delivery to site and installation of mechanisms in the cells and will also install the interconnecting walkways and piping between the cells.
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