and platinum majors ramping up
by Tessa Kruger
As South African mines get
improved power supply, one major gold company says it
will take it one to two weeks to reach optimum
production at 90% power supply again.
South African mining companies were building up to
optimum production levels at 90% of power supply
yesterday as Eskom finally delivered on its supply
Anglo Platinum (JSE:AMS) was "building up" to resume
concentrating refining and smelting activities, while
Gold Fields was in the build-up phase to achieve
optimum production at the reduced power level.
Gold Fields (JSE:GFI) spokesperson Reidwaan Wookay,
told Mineweb that the organisation would naturally
not run at full production on 90% of its average
power use, but it was building up to reach sustained
Wookay said it would take Gold Fields about a week to
two weeks to reach a sustainable production level
after its mines were "switched off" a week ago. Mines
across the South African mining industry came to a
standstill last Friday as Eskom couldn't guarantee
uninterrupted power supply and requested some to run
at emergency power levels.
He said that Gold Fields was in constant dialogue
with the power provider and was still pressing for
continuous power supply. The power utility did
previously commit to give mines at least four hours
warning before power supply was shut down or reduced.
Gold Fields appeared to be alarmed after it received
only 80% power supply Thursday as it issued a
statement that said it wanted Eskom to guarantee it
90% supply. Supply was increased to 90% Thursday
night and remained at this level Friday.
Anglo Platinum spokesperson Trevor Raymond said the
company was mining underground at 100% capacity at
the moment and would start concentrating, refining
and smelting next week.
He said last week's events of power cuts
"precipitated the crises"; the mining industry and
Eskom has decided how to address it and now it was up
to the two parties to make it work. Raymond referred
to the industry's agreement to use 10% less power
than its average power use.
Spokesperson for the Chamber of Mines Jabu Maphalala
said 90% of power supply had been restored to the
industry. The Chamber worked with Eskom to reach this
agreement and was standing on Eskom's commitment to
sustain this level of supply.
© 1992-2018 DC2NET™,
Inc. All Rights Reserved