Tati Nickel, the copper-nickel miner based in the northern part of the country, said it does not expect to be affected by the smelter shutdown in Selebi Phikwe as the refurbishment is a planned exercise.
The company’s Public Relations Manager, Tebogo Rapitsenyane, revealed the mining outfit has reached an agreement with BCL to stockpile their concentrate until the smelter resumes operation.
┬á“We have agreed with the BCL on the quantity that they will be receiving when the smelter resumes operation and TNMC will not be affected anywhere even financially,” he said.
Tati Nickel, or TNMC as it is commonly known, uses the BCL smelter to process its ore.
Rapitsenyane added that Tati Nickel being a share holder at BCL, is well aware of the shutdown and were involved in the decision making of the extension period.
BCL smelter shutdown comes due to the concern of frequent breakouts experienced by the mine. The project is intended to rebuild Electric Furnace number two (EF2) and refurbish the Boiler and Feed Preparation Precipitation.
The documents state that during a thorough inspection of the Flash Furnace further damage was discovered on the hearth of the furnace which then called for the top management to extend the shutdown for the smelter to be refurbished as a safety measure.
BCL mine extended their smelter shutdown, which was initially intended to be completed on July 15 to October 2011.