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:: Assmang Places Materials-handling Order for new Khumani Mine

Diversified miner Assmang has placed an order worth R250-million for the supply of nine materials-handling machines with Sandvik Materials Handling Africa (SMHA) for its greenfields development at its Khumani Iron Ore mine near Sishen.

Assmang, which is jointly owned and controlled by African Rainbow Minerals and Assore, has ordered four rail-mounted bucketwheel reclaimers and five rail-mounted stackers.

The order is the biggest placed with Sandvik for a materials handling project in southern Africa and follows a major development late last year when ETS, one of South Africa's leading materials handling specialists, was integrated into the company's operations, according to Jan Detlof-Wismer, SMHA's manager for business development.

Formerly known as the BKM development, the R3,2-billion Khumani Iron Ore mine is scheduled to begin production during the early part of 2008.

Initially, the mine will produce 8,4-million tons of iron-ore a year, but this will be doubled when the second phase is completed at an additional cost of about R1,8-billion, which is subject to board approval.




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