Heavy Minerals Conference 2019

Date 05 August 2019
- 07 August 2019
Location Cape Winelands, Western Cape
Resources HMC Abstract list 01042019.pdf
HMC Announcement & Reg form 24042019.pdf
HMC Preliminary Programme 22072019.pdf
HMC Sponsorship Package 19092018.pdf
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Conference Venue

Conference Venue

The Vineyard is nestled on an eco-award-winning riverside estate, overlooking the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and conveniently located on the edge of the city. A short distance from the hotel in any direction allows you to easily explore some of the world’s top tourist destinations.

August and September in the Western Cape is flower season. Explore the Cape’s unique ‘fynbos’ floral kingdom at the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where one of the many attractions is the staggering aerial tree-canopy walkway.

A short distance from the hotel is the Constantia Winelands, which affords guests the opportunity to discover classic vintages and Cape Dutch homesteads, and within a five-minute walk is the wellknown retail centre, the upmarket shopping precinct of Cavendish, with exclusive local and global outlets, travel agencies, foreign exchange outlets, and more.

Conference Theme

Conference Theme

This series of heavy minerals conferences has traditionally focused on the industries associated with ilmenite, rutile and zircon. There are many other economic minerals which have specific gravities such that they may also be classed as ‘heavy minerals’. The physical and chemical properties of these other minerals result in them being processed by similar technologies and sharing similar markets with the more traditional heavy minerals. In this conference we focus on optimization of mining, processing, and recovery.

Conference Objective

Conference Objective

This series of conferences was started in 1997 and has run since that date. The Conference alternates between South Africa and other heavy mineral producing countries. It provides a forum for an exchange of knowledge in all aspects of heavy minerals, from exploration through processing and product applications.

This is a strictly technical conference, and efforts by the Organizing Committee are aimed at preserving its technical nature. The benefit of this focus is that it allows the operators of businesses within this sector to discuss topics not normally covered in such forums. The focus on heavy minerals includes the more obvious minerals such as ilmenite, rutile and zircon; and also other heavy minerals such as garnet, andalusite, and sillimanite.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

David Archer, Savannah Resources Plc
Colin Bwye, Base Resources
Victor Hugo, Kalbar Resources Ltd

Who should attend

Who should attend

  • Academics
  • Business development managers
  • Concentrator managers
  • Consultants
  • Engineers
  • Exploration managers
  • Geologists
  • Hydrogeologists
  • Innovation managers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Metallurgical managers
  • Metallurgical consultants
  • Metallurgists
  • Mine managers
  • Mining engineers
  • New business development managers
  • Planning managers
  • Process engineers
  • Product developers
  • Production managers
  • Project managers
  • Pyrometallurgists
  • Researchers
  • Scientists

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Acceptance of papers for publication in the SAIMM Journal will be subject to peer review by the Conference Committee and SAIMM Publications Committee post-conference.

Papers are invited on any aspect relating to the Conference, and the following categories will be given preference:

Exploration

  • Geophysics
  • Drilling techniques
  • New deposits

Mining and Minerals processing

  • Alternative mining methods
  • Slime handling systems
  • Marine mining
  • Digging of hard materials
  • Design of digging systems
  • Unusual mineralogy

Downstream beneficiation

  • Fundamentals of rutile-zircon separation
  • High TiO2 slag versus synthetic rutile
  • AC or DC for smelting furnaces
  • Reaction rates in ilmenite smelters

Product Applications

  • Zircon and zirconia in ceramics
  • TiO2 in pigments and metals
  • Rare earths in electronics and magnets

Other issues

  • Energy costs
  • Radiation risk
  • Supply of skills
  • Mine closure

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English, and to indicate the topic under which the paper should be categorised. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to:

Yolanda Ndimande Conference Co-ordinator,
‘Heavy Minerals Conference’
SAIMM, P.O. Box 61127, Marshalltown 2107
South Africa.
Tel: 27 (11) 834-1273/7
Facsimile 27 (11) 838-5923 or
e-mail: yolanda@saimm.co.za

Abstract List

Abstract List

Heavy mineral deposits: From exploration to model
Independent Geological and Geotechnical Consultant, South Africa

River system hosted heavy mineral deposits
Independent Geological and Geotechnical Consultant, South Africa

Techno-economic evaluation of mining and processing of heavy mineral sands from the Brahmaputra river basin
Bangladesh|Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), CSIRO Mineral Resources, RMIT University, India and Australia

The development and processing of Australian mineral sand deposits
CSIRO Mineral Resources, Australia

De-Bottlenecking of Vertical Pressure Airblow Filter for Optimizing
Moisture and Throughput at JSW Steel Limited – Case Study JSW Steel Ltd, India

The Influence of reductant properties on ilmenite smelting
Ex Mente Techonologies, Tronox, Portnex, University of Pretoria, South Africa

The challenge of ilmenite smelting: reality or myth
Ex Mente Techonologies, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Improving furnace start-ups with computational modelling: The key to refractorylining integrity
Ex Mente Techonologies, AMIC, Portnex, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Geometallurgical approach to enhance the gravity beneficiation of a Sr deposit
Eramet Ideas, France

Response of sulfate grade TiO2 feedstocks to a standard digestion test and implications for use in assessing feedstock suitability for the sulfate pigment production process
TZ Minerals International, Australia

Detailed mineralogical leucoxene characterization: A base for physical beneficiation to improve rutile recoveries
Eramet Research, Laboratory Chrono-Environnemen, France

DC Furnace Smelting of Ilmenite and Chromite: Diverging Paths SMS Group, University of Pretoria, Ex Mente Technologies, South Africa Comparative studies on leaching of South African ilmenite concentrate by hydrochloric acid solution in the presence of additives
Tshwane University of Technology, University of Johannesburg. South Africa

Reduction sequence and mechanism of carbothermic reduction of low grade titanium ore: South African ilmenite as a case study
University of Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

An electrochemical study and thermodynamic data quantification of pre-oxidised ilmenite metastable phases
Tshwane University of Technology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Effects of milling parameters on the reducibility of low grade South African ilmenite
Tshwane University of Technology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Recovery of ferrochromium from the ferrochromium indudtrial slags
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Broadening the application of gravity concentrators with a new spiral for 3 mm heavy minerals
Multotec, South Africa

New heavy mineral spiral for recovery of ultrafine chromite
Multotec, South Africa

Spiral grade measurement and control
Mintek, South Africa

Land use versus land capability in mine closure planning
Iluka, Sierra Leone

Ilmenite pre-reduction revisited: A flow sheet incorporating a circulating fluidized bed and smelting
Ex Mente Technologies, University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Future-proofing mineral sand mining through advances in mobile dry mining methods
Downer Group, South Africa

Polymer treated tailings for enhanced mineral sands deposition management: A geotechnical modelling approach
BASF South Africa (Pty), BASF Performance Products plc, BASF Canada Inc., South Africa, United Kingdom, Canada

Key Dates

Key Dates

23 February 2019     Submission of abstracts
1 March 2019           Acceptance of abstracts
30 April 2019            Submission of papers
5–6 August 2019      Conference
7 August 2019          Technical Visit

Preliminary Programme

Preliminary Programme

Day 1 – Monday 5 August 2019 

08:30–09:30 Registration & Morning Refreshments
09:30–09:35 Emergency Procedures Presentation
09:35–09:40 Welcoming Address
J. Selby, Conference Chairperson, Independent Consultant, South Africa
09:40–09:55 Presidential Address
A.S. Macfarlane, SAIMM Presidential and Mandela Mining Precinct
Session 1 – Session Chairperson: B. Malan, Multotec
09:55–10:35 Keynote: Learning from Kwale to build Toliara – touchpoints in project development
C. Bwye, Base Resources, Kenya
10:35–10:55 A techno-economic evaluation of the mining and processing of heavy mineral sands from the Brahmaputra River Basin, Bangladesh
A. Rahman1,2,3, M.I. Pownceby2, J. Tardio3, N. Haque2, and M.N. Zaman1 1Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) Bangladesh, 2CSIRO Mineral Resources, Australia and 3RMIT University, Australia
10:55–11:15 River system hosted heavy mineral deposits
N.C. Steenkamp, Independent Geological and Geotechnical Consultant, South Africa
11:15–11:35 Mid-morning Refreshments
Session 2 – Session Chairperson: C. Mienie, Spectrum Chemical
11:35–11:45 Sponsor Presentation - Mineral Technologies
11:45–12:05 DC furnace smelting of ilmenite and chromite: Future opportunities in a region of great potential
H.J. Oterdoom1,2 and J.H. Zietsman2,3, 1SMS Group, 2University of Pretoria, and 3Ex Mente Technologies, South Africa
12:05–12:30 Reduction sequence and mechanism of carbothermic reduction of low grade titanium ore: South African ilmenite as a case study
T. Mojisola1,2, M.M. Ramakokovhu2, P.A. Olubambi1, W.R. Matizamhuka3, R.M. Manamela2, and A. Mahlangu2, 1University of Johannesburg, 2Tshwane University of Technology and 3Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
12:30–12:50 An electrochemical study and thermodynamic quantification of pre-oxidized ilmenite metastable phases
M.M. Ramakokovhu1, T. Mojisola2, R.K.K. Mbaya1, P.A .Olubambi2, B.D. Baloyi1, and L. Malaka1, 1Tshwane University of Technology and 2University of Johannesburg, South Africa
12:50–13:10 A literature review and interpretation of the properties of high-TiO2 slags
H. Kotzé, Consensi, South Africa
13:10–14:00 Lunch
Session 3 – Session Chairperson: W. Erasmus, Multotec
14:00–14:45 Keynote:
W. van Niekerk, Tronox, USA
14:45–15:05 Detailed mineralogical leucoxene characterization: A base for physical beneficiation to improve rutile recoveries
A. Delaporte1,2, S.B. Blancher1, 1Eramet Ideas and 2University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France
15:05–15:25 Land capability versus land use in mine closure planning
L. Vedral1, J. Lake2, R. Brown3, and R. Hattingh1, 1Sierra Rutile Limited, 2SRK Consulting and 3Iluka Resources
15:25–15:45 A new and novel method of operating rotary magnetic separators: applied to industrial mineral sands
M.J. Flanagan, MagQuip, South Africa
15:45–16:05 Mid-afternoon Refreshments
Session 4 – Session Chairperson: H. Burger, Tronox
16:05–16:15 Sponsor Presentation- Iluka
16:15–16:35 Technological developments in processing australian mineral sand deposits
M.I. Pownceby, W.J. Bruckard, and G.J. Sparrow, CSIRO Mineral Resources, Australia
16:35–16:40 Conference Close
17:30–23:00 Dinner at Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens - Moyo restaurant

Day 2 – Tuesday 6 August 2019 

08:30–09:30 Registration & Morning Refreshments
09:30–09:35 Emergency Procedures Presentation
09:35–09:40 Welcoming Address
J. Selby, Conference Chairperson, Independent Consultant, South Africa
Session 5 – Session Chairperson: N. Barkhuysen, Derrick Solutions
09:40–10:20 Keynote: Do heuristics influence the mineral sands mining landscape
R. Hattingh, Illuka, Australia
10:20–10:40 Design of sidewall lining/cooling systems for AC or DC ilmenite smelting furnaces
H. Joubert1 and H. Kotzé2, 1Tenova Pyromet and 1Consensi Consulting, South Africa
10:40–11:00 Improving furnace start-ups with computational modelling: The key to refractory lining integrity
H. Weitz1, W.A. Roos1, D.J. Fourie2, P.A. Strydom3, and J.H. Zietsman1, 1Ex Mente, South Africa, 2Advanced Metal Industries Cluster Company, Saudi Arabia and 3Tronox, South Africa
11:00–11:20 Mid-morning Refreshments
Session 6 – Session Chairperson: B. Malan, Multotec
11:20–11:40 Flowsheet development aimed at producing crude ilmenite from a waste stream by rejecting almandine garnet
M. Gerber1, J. Grobler1, and H. Burger3, 1Light DeepEarth (Pty) Ltd and 2Tronox, South Africa
11:40–12:00 Future-proofing mineral sand mining through advances in mobile dry mining methods
M. Urquart, P. Dunn, T. Lawson, and J. Agenbag, Downer Group, South Africa
12:00–12:20 Heavy mineral deposits: From exploration to model
N.C Steenkamp, Consulting Geologist and Geotechnical Engineer, South Africa
12:20–12:40 A geometallurgical approach to enhance the gravity beneficiation of a Sr deposit
A. Perroton, T. Wallmach, S.B. Blancher, and G. Rameau, Eramet Ideas, France
12:40–13:30 Lunch
Session 7 – Session Chairperson: J. Selby, Independent Consultant
13:30–13:50 In-truck ore grade detection using apparent density measurements
F-A. Consuegra, M. Fillion, G. Fortin, J. Giroux, D. Horth, D. Michaud, Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane Inc., Sorel-Tracy and Havre St-Pierre, Canada
13:50–14:10 Broadening the application of gravity concentrators with a new spiral for 3 mm heavy minerals
M.C. Diketane, H.S. Baloyi, and M.C. Tjabadi, Multotec, South Africa
14:10–14:30 Online spiral grade control
A.M. Russell, Mintek, South Africa
14:30–14:40 Conference End
14:40–15:00 Mid-afternoon Refreshments

Day 3 – Wednesday 7 August 2019 (Technical Visit)

08:00–08:15 Meet at the Vineyard reception
08:15–10:15 Delegates transfer departs for Tronox, Namakwa Sands, Saldanha Bay (2-hour travel)
10:15–10:30 Arrival Tronox Introduction
10:30–12:00 Introduction
Safety Induction
Site background and unit operations (Namakwa Sands)
Sort out and check PPE
12:00–14:30 Lunch followed by Site visit
14:30 Depart for Cape Town
 

Technical Visit

 

Technical Visit

Tronox, Namakwa Sands, Saldanha Bay

The technical visit will be at the ilmenite smelting operation plant where the ilmenite is processed in furnaces to produce titanium dioxide slag and pig iron. The zircon and rutile is stored on site for export.
The facility is approximately 1.5 hours from Cape Town, the plant can only accommodate 25 delegates.

Accompanying Persons Programme

Accompanying Persons Programme

05 Aug 2019 - Shuttle Bus to V&A Waterfront for City Sightseeing Bus and Robben Island)
07h30 Depart Vineyard Hotel. 17h00 Depart V&A to Vineyard Hotel

Costs:

Shuttle +The City Explorer Pass on Hop On Hop Off Bus - R1550 pp (min five guests required)
Included - A Classic bus ticket on the Hop On Hop Off bus + any 3 of these great attractions: * Burger & chips at the Hard Rock Cafe (Red or Blue) * The Cape Town Wheel (Red or Blue) * Rugby Museum (Red or Blue) * Canal cruise (Red or Blue) * Harbour Cruise (Red or Blue) * Hamleys Train (Red or Blue) * Cape Town Diamond Museum Entry (Red or Blue) * Kirstenbosch Gardens (Blue Tour) * Groot Constantia wine tasting (Blue Tour) * World of Birds (Blue Tour) * Imizamo Yetho Township Walking tour (Blue Tour) * Hout bay Seal Island cruise, Drumbeat or Circe Launches (Blue Tour)
Excluded - Meals

Shuttle + 09h00 Robben Island Tour and Ferry - R1550pp (min five guests required)
Included - Standard Robben Island Tour and Ferry. (Ferry to and from, Island Bus Tour and Prison Tour)
Excluded - Meals


06 Aug 2019 - Shuttle Bus to Franschhoek - Franschhoek Wine Tram or Franschhoek Winelands Bicycle Tour
08h00 Depart Vineyard Hotel, proceed to Franschhoek. Drop off at the venues. 17h30 Depart Franschhoek to Vineyard Hotel

Costs:

Shuttle + Curated Wine Experience with Franschhoek Wine Tram - R2450pp (min five guests required, max 12 guests)
Included - Includes wine lecture, three-course lunch, cellar tour (when available), two premium wine tastings, The tour runs approximately from 10h00 to 17h00

Shuttle + Private Franschhoek Winelands Luxury Bicycle Tour - R3550pp (min five guests required)
Included - Bicycle and Helmet Hire, 4 estates and partakes in, biltong or chocolate and wine pairing, a hummus or nougat and wine pairing, two more premium tastings as well as picnic lunch on the lawns of one of the estates that we visit.
Notes - 15 t0 20km's, The tour runs approximately from 10h00 to 16h00

To book a tour, please contact:
Lerato Mokoma
Travel Consultant – Sure Dynamic
Tel: +2711 622 3840
lerato@dynamictravel.co.za

Accommodation

Accommodation

Delegates may make their own accommodation at a discounted rate:

The Vineyard
Reservations: t +27 (0)21 657 4500

Group Code: SAIMM Conference

Discounted Rates:  
Courtyard Facing Standard: Single occupancy R 1,615.00
  Double occupancy R 2,115.00
Courtyard Facing Deluxe: Single occupancy R 1,915.00
  Double occupancy R 2,415.00
Mountain Facing Standard: Single occupancy R 2,215.00
  Double occupancy R 2,715.00

Contact

Contact

Yolanda Ndimande
Conference Co-ordinator
Tel: +27 11 834-1273/7
Fax: +27 11 833-8156 or +27 11 838-5923 ·
E-mail: yolanda@saimm.co.za