In what is believed to be the single largest order for industrial rubber pulp and slurry hoses on the African Continent, Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has supplied products totalling over R8 million to Kentz — a sub-contractor to Bateman on the Kenmare Resources-owned Moma Titanium Minerals project in Northern Mozambique.

Intended for installation between the dredger, plant and tailings dams, the large bore industrial hose includes unique products in terms of size and material of manufacture, as specified by Bateman and their Australian joint venture partners, Multiplex Limited.

The Moma Titanium Minerals project is located in the province of Nampula, where 25 million tons of mineralbearing sands a year will be mined using two dredges floating on an artificial pond. This mineral-bearing sand and water slurry is to be pumped through Truco’s large bore hoses to a floating concentrator plant, where the heavy minerals will be concentrated and pumped overland to a minerals separation plant. Shipments exporting the concentrate by sea will take place approximately every two weeks over the expected 20-year life cycle of the mine.

The Moma project is one of many African projects in which Truco is involved. The company is currently delivering and negotiating the delivery of industrial rubber hose to over 70 new mining projects in Africa. These range from new gold mines in Guinea to the Damtshaa expansion project in Botswana, the Langer Heinrich uranium mine in Namibia, and the refurbishment of Namdeb equipment in southern Namibia.

Truco has also recently secured the contracts for the ongoing daily replacement supply of small and large-bore rubber hose to De Beers, BHP Billiton, Sasol, Samancor, Impala Platinum and Palaborwa Mining Company.