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Manhattan Corp awarded R160m Ethiopia EPCM contract

Mining Weekly

By Nathalie Greve

January 14th, 2013

JOHANNESBURG ( – Local mining services provider Manhattan Corporation would undertake a R160-million contract to build a 25 000 t/m carbon-in-leach (CIL) gold plant, in Mekelle, in Ethiopia, for industrial group Ezana Mining and Development.

The contract would see Manhattan supplying the gold plant on a turnkey basis and included design, engineering, procurement, shipment, construction, installation, implementation, after-sales skills development and support, with an optional offtake contract.

Work on the operation began earlier this month and the plant was expected to be operational by the end of the year.

The company added that the plant process would incorporate crushing, milling, leaching, carbon absorption, washing, stripping, elution, electrowinning and smelting.

“Manhattan is committed to incorporating Ethiopian suppliers, manufacturers and content to maximise job creation and economic development in that country,” Manhattan FD Theo Pouroullis said in a statement.

The plant would incorporate several innovative technologies, including optimised leaching and air-sparging, as well as adaptable feed to the comminution circuit to allow for improved plant availability, up-time and increased final gold production.

The technology provided incorporated CIL and carbon-in-pulp, which consisted of a series of tanks enabling adequate residence time.
The first two tanks would be used for leaching while the remaining six would be used for leaching and absorption.

Manhattan also recently concluded a plant expansion feasibility study for a Glencore subsidiary, in Australia, which involved an assessment of the increase in processing capacity for the operation and a reduction in the overall operating costs.

Additional recent projects included the development of a three-dimensional underground resource development and mine plan for the Manhattan-owned Gravelotte gold mine, in South Africa, which increased the resource from previous inferred resource estimates to a one-million-ounce probable gold reserve.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn

80 years of CIPS: 2007-2012

7 June 2012 | Nick Martindale

CIPS has gone from strength to strength in the past five years, says Nick Martindale, putting procurement firmly on the global map.

The past five years have seen CIPS cement its place as the leading global organisation for procurement and supply management and further its reputation and presence around the globe.

The appointment of David Noble as chief executive in 2009 has been key to the organisation’s ongoing development, drawing on his background in senior, board-level positions inIMINovar and Honeywell. In taking on the post, he became the first procurement professional in the top job in more than 20 years.

With the UK and most of the rest of the world in recession, Noble pledged to help put procurement at the heart of organisations. “There’s never been a better time to be in this profession,” he said. “Chief executives are looking to procurement to ensure they maintain and grow their businesses. In this economic environment, growth is not going to come from marketing and sales, but from how well you manage your resources.”

His was not the only notable appointment, however. Dr Bola Afolabi, project director for the Nigerian National Oil company, was named international president for 2008-09, becoming the first non-European in the role. Former chief executive Ken James, meanwhile, who led the organisation from 2001 to 2008, was awarded an OBE for public service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2008, while the appointment of David Smith, commercial director at the Department for Work and Pensions, as 2011-12 president also demonstrated the ability of both the organisation and procurement to influence at the very highest levels…Read more.

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