RBPLAT HAS TWO CONCENTRATING FACILITIES, THE BAFOKENG RASIMONE PLATINUM MINE (BRPM) CONCENTRATOR WHICH IS LOCATED ON THE BRPM MINE AND THE MASEVE PLANT
The BRPM concentrator, was designed to receive Merensky ore from BRPM’s two decline shafts and is able to treat 10% of UG2. The original design capacity of 200ktpm, was upgraded to 250ktpm to accommodate production from Styldrift.
The concentrator can be described as a robust maintenance intensive environment which produces 2.7 tonnes of saleable product from every 100 tonnes of ore processed
The plant operates on a 24 hours, 365 days a year basis and follows a traditional Mill-Float, Mill-Float (MF2) process which includes a conventional three stage crushing process prior to milling and flotation. The flotation processes produce a platinum rich PGM concentrate which is collected and sold as a final product for further processing and refining. RBPlat has an offtake agreement with Rustenburg Refineries (owned by Anglo American Platinum) for the sale of RBPlat concentrate.
RBPlat’s offer for the Maseve concentrator plant, which is north west of BRPM’s South shaft and to the south of Styldrift was successfully closed on the 14 February 2018 following Competition Tribunal approval and all conditions precedent being fulfilled or waived. The concentrator, which is a MF1 configuration, has a capacity of 110ktpm. We have completed a feasibility study into the upgrading of the concentrator to MF2, which, in addition to improving recoveries, will increase the plant’s capacity to 160ktpm. The upgrading of the Maseve concentrator will provide us with the concentrating capacity we need to process the South shaft UG2 production beyond 2020 and the Styldrift steady-state production of 230ktpm.
Location of Maseve in relation to BRPM and Styldrift I