Assmang: Khumani Mine September / October 09 www. bus- ex. com 31 and with the groundwork stage complete, the project is already ahead of schedule and beating its budget, thanks to project managers DRA Mineral Projects. The extension will see a second primary and secondary crushers, screening systems and stockpile locations on the King property. In many respects, the new plant will simply mirror the existing one. To cope with the expansion, Transnet, which operates the dedicated rail line, has agreed to raise Assmang's allocation from 10 million to 14 million tonnes a year. The rail operation is already remarkable enough. Every day of the year, a 342- wagon train leaves for Saldanha, with each wagon carrying 100 tonnes of ore. When the line was built back in 1976, it had an annual capacity of 18 million tonnes, says Grobbelaar. Today, it can carry 40 million, and by 2012 will be able to transport 60 million tonnes a year. Meanwhile, the port facilities at Saldanha are being similarly prepared, so by the time the downturn is over and the world's steelmakers again struggle to meet demand, Assmang will be there to supply them with a better quality of ore than they can find anywhere in the world. - Editorial research by Richard Halfhide " The water management system is part of the state- of-the- art design of this plant"
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