Johannesburg, South Africa —MININGREVIEW.COM — 18 February, 2008 – The Anglo Platinum smelter at Polokwane in Limpopo province has been shut down and is likely to remain closed for up to six weeks.
A media release issued here at the weekend reveals that a minor slag run-out occurred just before 14:00 on Wednesday 13 February 2008 at Anglo Platinum’s Polokwane smelter. “The smelter has been shut down and a detailed examination has commenced,” the release added.
“The slag caused damage to ancillary electrical equipment adjacent to the furnace,” it said. “Repair work has commenced on this equipment, and is expected to be completed in four to six weeks. While the extent of the damage to the furnace still has to be fully quantified, early indications are that remedial work necessary to address the cause of the slag run-out will involve less time than the electrical repairs,” the release continued.
“Due to Anglo Platinum’s current excess smelting and refining capacity, the 2008 forecast output of 2.4 million ounces of refined platinum – inclusive of the impact of the 90% electricity constraint – remains as announced on 11 February 2008,” it concluded.