Rio Tinto closes down one of four ti-slag furnaces at RBM

By William Clarke
Published: Thursday, 22 July 2021

Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) operation in South Africa will shut one of its four titanium slag furnaces, slowing the depletion of stockpiled feedstock after mining operations at the site were halted.

RBM halted mineral sand mining in 2021 due to an outbreak of violence, which threatened the safety of workers. Rio Tinto declared force majeure on customer contract acts at RBM on June 30.

With mineral sand mining stopped, the furnaces at RBM have been in operation on stockpiled ilmenite.


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