16 September 2013 17:07 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--US titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer Tronox said on Monday that it has received approval from the South African authorities to begin full construction of a mine for titanium ore, zircon and other minerals in Mtunzini, KwaZulu-Natal.
The South African Department of Water Affairs gas approved the company’s water use licence application for its KZN Sands Fairbreeze mine, the final approval necessary to begin construction of the operation.
The Fairbreeze mine is on track to open in 2015, with ore extracted from the site to replace material from the Tronox KZN Sands Hillendale mine, also located in KwaZulu-Natal, which is to close at the end of this year.
"Granting of the water use licence marks a major milestone for Tronox. It means that we can commence building the required operational infrastructure to have Fairbreeze up and running in 2015,” said Tronox Mineral Sands president, Trevor Arran.
Arran added that Tronox has sufficient inventory to continue running its processing and smelting operations in KwaZulu-Natal at capacity during the interim between the shutdown of the Hillendale mine and the start-up of the Fairbreeze mine.
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