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MDM project pipeline shift

MDM gets go-ahead for Mintek Atomiser

14 October 2011

MDM Engineering Group Limited (“MDM”) has been awarded the design, fabrication, supply and delivery to site, erection and commissioning of a complete alloy atomisation process plant which is to be integrated with Mintek’s facilities in Johannesburg, South Africa

MDM was awarded the execution contract on a Lump Sum Turnkey (LSTK) basis, the value of which is approximately US$ 5 million.  The plant will consist of an atomising plant to be situated within and integrated with Mintek’s 3 MW DC arc-furnace.

Atomisation is the breaking up of liquid into droplets.  If a molten material is atomised into droplets, these normally cool rapidly to produce solid particles or ‘powders’.  Metal powders are produced with sizes ranging from a few microns to a millimetre or two.

The design criteria is for powder production of 325 tonnes per month atomized in 6 tonne batches at 200kg per minute every 12 hours.

The atomisation plant will add considerable value to the liquid alloys produced from Mintek’s existing furnace by delivering it in a form to suit a number of possible downstream applications.

Martin Smith, MDM CEO said:
“MDM has a long-standing relationship with Mintek and we are thrilled to be working with them on this project.  The MDM Project Manager, Dave Norval, has extensive atomising experience, which will be of great value to this project”.


MDM Engineering Group Limited

Martin Smith (CEO)
George Bennett (Executive Director)
Dominique de la Roche (Finance Director)
Tel: +27 (0) 11 993 4300

Collins Stewart Europe Limited

John Prior
Sebastian Jones
Tel: +44 (0)20 7523 8350

Tavistock Communications

Paul Youens
Emily Fenton
Tel: +44 (0)20 7920 3150

MDM Engineering Group Limited is a minerals process and project management company focused on the mining industry. The Company provides a wide range of services from preliminary and final feasibility studies, through to plant design, construction and commissioning. To date, the Company’s clients have largely been junior and mid-tier mining corporations with operations in Africa.

The MDM Engineering core technical team has a 23 year track record of completing a wide range of studies and execution projects across a variety of minerals, including precious metals, base metals, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, uranium and diamonds.

The Company has adopted an approach to project execution based on an open-book Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management “EPCM” or “cost-plus” basis and on an Engineering, Procurement and Construct (EPC) basis. With a core focus on Africa, MDM Engineering is setting the benchmark standard for best practice in the mining services industry through its commitment to providing the highest quality services and actively engaging with clients to ensure maximum transparency.

With a proud history extending as far back as 1934, Mintek has become a leading provider of mineral and metallurgical research and development, products and services to industries world-wide.



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