Xstrata-Merafe Project Increases Ferrochrome Production

2 September 2009 (Last Updated September 2nd, 2009 18:30)

The Xstrata-Merafe chrome project will increase ferrochrome production capacity to 85% in South Africa on the back of an increased demand for the resource. Merafe said it would also recommission a number of furnaces at its five ferrochrome facilities as demand for the stainless steelmak

The Xstrata-Merafe chrome project will increase ferrochrome production capacity to 85% in South Africa on the back of an increased demand for the resource.

Merafe said it would also recommission a number of furnaces at its five ferrochrome facilities as demand for the stainless steelmaking ingredient has risen in recent months, miningweekly.com reports.

In July, the firm raised its capacity to 60%, following a reduction of capacity to 20% in 2008 as ferrochrome prices dropped.