The furnace building
at Assmang’s Cato
Ridge works
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 11 April 2008 – Ferro-manganese production has resumed at a second furnace at the Cato Ridge works of leading iron ore producer Assmang Limited, about 60 km from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.  The smelter has been shut down since mid-February when a blast killed six workers.

A statement released here by ARM Ferrous confirms that the Department of Labour lifted the prohibition order on the second furnace on Wednesday. Production at the first of Assmang’s six furnaces was resumed on Monday.

The ARM Ferrous statement says indications are that the Department of Labour could give permission for two more furnaces to be started up by the end of this week.

“A planned shut-down period for the fifth furnace has been brought forward, with re-commissioning expected in mid-May,” the statement adds.  “The sixth furnace – which was damaged extensively in the explosion of 24 February – is expected to be re-commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2008.