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Sulphur, Sulphuric Acid and SO2 Abatement 2011

Date 16 May 2011
- 17 May 2011
Location Sun City, North West, South Africa
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

The generation and handling of both sulphur, sulphuric acid and SO2 remains an important topic in the South African industry.

This event supplies a forum for producers, technology suppliers, consumers, the legislator and other role players in the industry to discuss relevant issues on the topic.

To ensure that you stay abreast with all recent developments in the industry, The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, invites you to participate in a conference on the production, utilization and conversion of sulphur, sulphuric acid and SO 2 abatement in metallurgical and other processes to be held on 16-19 May 2011, at Sun City, South Africa.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The following sponsorship opportunities are available:

  1. Premium Sponsor Package
  2. Exhibitor Package
  3. Cocktail Sponsor
  4. Advertiser Sponsorship
  5. Conference Bags Sponsorship
  6. Pen & Pad Sponsorship
  7. Lanyards Sponsorship
  8. Author Gift Sponsorship
  9. Technical Visit Sponsorship

Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Coordinator

Jacqui van der Westhuizen
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
Co-ordinator Email:

Sponsorship Package details can be downloaded in download section below


On behalf of the SAIMM and the Conference Committee we would like to thank the following sponsors for their invaluable contribution to the conference:

Premium Sponsors:


Exhibition Sponsorship:


Cocktail Sponsor:



Conference Bag Sponsors:


Conference Pens & Pads Sponsor:




- Expose SAIMM members to issues relating to the generation and handling of sulphur, sulphuric acid and SO2 abatement in the
metallurgical and other industries.

- Provide opportunity to producers and consumers of sulphur and sulphuric acid and related products to be exposed to new technologies
and equipment in the field.

- Enable participants to share information and experience with application of such technologies.

- Provide opportunity to role players in the industry to discuss common problems and their solutions


Organising Committee

Conference Committee Chairman
Mr. T Claassens

Mr. S Laubscher Mr.B Kruger


Who should attend

The Conference will be of value to:

- Metallurgical and chemical engineers working in the minerals and metals processing and chemical industries
- Metallurgical/Chemical/Plant Management
- Project Managers
- Research and development personnel
- Academic personnel and students
- Technology providers and engineering firms for engineering solutions
- Equipment and system providers
- Relevant legislators
- Environmentalists
- Consultants



Papers are invited that integrate the following topics:

- Operator feedback and concerns
- Technology, components and equipment
- Safety, health, environment and quality
- Market: Developments and products
- Marketing projections: Forecast


Call for papers

The Conference is being organised by The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and papers are invited for the Conference.

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and
should be submitted to:

Jacqui van der Westhuizen
Conference Co-ordinator,
SAIMM, PO Box 61127,
Marshalltown 2107
South Africa.

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
Co-ordinator Email:

Key Dates & Publication

30 November 2010 Submission of abstracts

24 January 2011 Acceptance of abstracts

7 March 2011 Submission of final papers

16-19 May 2011 Conference

Please note:
All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Selected papers will be
published in the Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


Sunday 15 May 2011

17:00 - 19:00 Pre - Registration & Cocktail Function
Sun City Main Hotel, Baobab B


Monday 16 May 2011
Session 1:
Thys Claasens, Chemical Initiatives
Conference proceedings will take place in the Sun City Main Hotel in the Baobab Room.

07:30 - 08:00 Registration and Coffee

08:00 - 08:10 Chairman€™s Welcoming Address
Thys Claassens, Chemical Initiatives

08:10 - 08-15 SAIMM Presidents Opening Address
Dr. Gys Landman, President, SAIMM

08- 15 - 09:00 Keynote Address: Sulphur market
Dick van Meurs, ICEC

Session 2: Session Chairman: Scharl Lausbcher, Outotec

09:00 - 09:25 Gas clean for Metalurgical plants
K H Daum, Outotec

09:25 - 09:50 Highly energy efficient technology for S02 abatement producing a saleable product
Kris van Damme, MECS

09:50 - 10:15 Beltran Feed gas mist and particulate removal with Wet Electrostatic Precipitators in sulphuric acid plants
D Abbot, Beltran Technologies, Inc.

10:15 - 10:25 Sponsor Presentation: Haldor Topsoe AS

10:25 - 10:50 Mid-Morning Refreshments

10:50 - 11:00 Sponsor Presentation: Sulphurnet

Session 3: Session Chairman: Buks Kruger

11:00 - 11:25 Piersmith Converter Hoods
Scharl Laubscher, Outotec

11:25- 11:50 Treatment of PGM Smelter Off-gases with WSA technology
W Channon, L Mabiza, M Lykke, M Møllerhøj, H Rosenberg, G Erasmus and M King,
Zimplats, Haldor Topsøe, Hatch

11:50 - 12:15 A review of Acid Tower Design Features in light of industry practices
W Foster, A Geunkel, J Orlando, Noram Engineers and Constructor

12:15 - 12:25 Sponsor Presentation: MECS

12:25 - 13:25 Lunch

13:25 - 13:35 Sponsor Presentation: Twin Process Filtration BV

Session 4: Session Chairman:

13:35 - 14:00 Production optimization of Sulphuric acid plant at FOSKOR South Africa
C Reddy and M Olichandra, Foskor

14:00 - 14:25 Maximize energy recovery in your acid plant with StealMax HRS
T Brouwers, MECS

14:25 - 14: 50 Sulphuric Acid- Profitable low temperature waste heat recovery
R Chade, Alfa Laval

14:50 - 15:15 Tenke Fungurume Sulphuric acid plant project
A Berryman, G Miller, H Lee, J Wellington, Chemetics Inc., a Jacobs company,
Tenke FungurumeMining Freepor McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

15:15 - 15:45 Mid-Afternoon Refreshments

15:45 - 16:10 What is the deal with Stainless steel

16:10 - 16:35 The necessity of reliable data for precise catalyst recommendations
C V Frandsen, Haldor Topsøe A/S

16:35 - 17:00 End of Day Summary

18:00 Dinner at the Shebeen

Tuesday 17 May 2011
Session 5: Session Chairman:
Thys Claasens, Chemical Initiatives

07:30 - 08:00 Registration and Coffee

08:00 - 08:10 Chairman€™s Welcoming Address
Thys Claassens, Chemical Initiatives

08- 10 - 08:55 Keynote Address: Air pollution legislation
Buks Kruger

Session 6: Session Chairman:

08:55 - 09:20 Continuous air quality Measuring Equipment
B J Kruger, Impala Processing Rustenburg

09:20 - 09:45 Options and selection criteria for SO2 removal technologies in industrial application
M Tacke, Michaeltacke Consulting

09:45 - 10:10 Mist eliminators life stories how to save money by getting longer lifetime from your demisters and
candle filters
M Dean, Begg, Cousland and Co

10:10 - 10:35 Reducing NOX emissions with automated nitric acid dosing on Anglo American Platinum€™s Tower Plant
D I Dippenaar and S Heunkelman, Anglo American Platinum

10:35 - 10:45 Sponsor Presentation: Desmet Ballestra

10:45 - 11:15 Mid-Morning Refreshments

11:15 - 11:25 Sponsor Presentation: Outotec

Session 7: Session Chairman: John Fabricius, MECS

11:25 - 11:50 Operation of a Concentrated Dual-Alkali Scrubber plant at Lonmin smelter
G A Bezuidenhout, J Davis, B van Beek, J J Eksteen, Lonmin

11:50 - 12:15 Sulphur - environmental over-reaction to one of Nature's cycles,
P Lloyd, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

12:15 - 12:40 Planning and executing a successful turnaround,
R Naicker, Chemical Initiatives

12:14 - 13:40 Lunch

Session 8: Session Chairman:

13:40 - 14:05 The Warm History of Sulphur Burning Plants and new development
J Hermans, Sulphur net

14:05 - 14:30 Protecting your Assets
J Hanekom, MECS

14:30 - 14:55 Choosing the Correct Chemical Protective Clothing for the correct application
L Kasselman, Dupont

14:55 - 15:20 Chemical Initiatives production Innovations
H Govender, Chemical Initiatives

15:20 End of Day Summary

16:00 Networking Cocktail Function Hosted by Chemetics

Thursday 19 May 2011
Technical Visit: IMPALA PLATINUM LIMITED - Rustenburg

Delegates are required to meet in the foyer area of the Sun City Main hotel at 7:00am

08:00 Delegates depart from Sun City

09:00 Arrive at the Plant

09:10 Safety Induction

09:20 Company presentation

09:45 PPE

10:00 Plant Visit

12:00 Lunch at the Plant

13:00 Bus departs from Plant to Sun City

14:00 Bus arrives at Sun City

Social Programme

THE MOTSENG SHEBEEN €œExperience life, African Style

    • Enjoy the vibe & a few drinks while playing pool or fuusbol. Simply relax & listen to the exuberant rhythm of African Jazz & Kwaito, or
      watch sport on the big screen.
    DJ - Resident Shebeen will play all music types, local kwaito, Rock, disco & the latest dance

Technical Visits

19 May 2011
Impala Platinum Smelter Off Gas Plant

Impala Platinum Smelter situated 25 km outside Rustenburg South Africa have upgraded their SO2 abatement equipment in 2008/2009 which
now consist of the following equipment:

  • an upgraded contact sulphuric acid plant treating the Peirce Smith Converter off gas
  • an activated carbon catalyst Sulfacid„¢ Plant treating all the electric furnace off gas
  • a Dynawave lime scrubber treating the combined tail gas from the Sulphuric Acid and Sulfacid„¢ Plant
  • a Dynawave lime scrubber treating the captured fugitive off gasses from the Peirce Smith Converter secondary hooding

Conference attendees which want to visit Impala Platinum must bring their own personal protective equipment (PPE) consisting of Acid Proof
overall jackets or overcoats (denim or similar pants are sufficient - no dresses or shirts), safety shoes, safety glasses, ear protection and hard hats.

Please note the site vist is subject to suffient interest


Registration Fees


Early Registration Fees Before 15 March 2011

Registration Fees after 15 March 2011

Registration Fee SAIMM Members

R 7 524

R 8 151

Registration Fee - Non SAIMM Members

R 8 778

R 9 400

Registration Fee - Student/ Retired Members

R 1 710

R 1 710

Please note:
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2011, for attending this event

Registration Fees:

Please Note:
Registration fee does not include accommodation
Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the event.
Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event



The conference will be hosted at Sun City, which is located in the Pilansberg located in the North West Province of South Africa.

For more information visit:

Please Note:
Registration fee does not includes accommodation


Jacqui van der Westhuizen
Conference Co-ordinator,
SAIMM, PO Box 61127,
Marshalltown 2107<