Production overview

OPERATIONS REVIEW

WITH THE FUTURE IN MIND

FLOW OF MATERIAL ACROSS THE OPERATIONS

Anglo American Platinum mines platinum-bearing rock from underground and open-pit mines. This rock is then crushed, milled and the platinum group and base metals concentrated before smelting. After smelting, a high-grade matte is produced through a converting process, whereafter the base metals are separated from the PGMs. The base metals are recovered in a hydrometallurgical process at the Base Metals Refinery and PGMs are recovered at a separate Precious Metals Refinery.

MINING

36 surface shafts and two open-pit operations were used to access ore across the Company in 2012. This may be reduced to 32 shafts as part of the outcome of the portfolio review.

CONCENTRATING

17 concentrators were in operation in 2012. This may be reduced to 14 as part of the outcome of the portfolio review.

SMELTING

Four smelting furnaces, one slag cleaning furnace and one converter were operated in 2012. This may be reduced to three smelting furnaces, one slag cleaning furnace and one converter as part of the outcome of the portfolio review.

REFINING

A base metals refinery refines nickel and copper and produces cobalt sulfate and sodium sulfate. A precious metals refinery refines platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and gold.

 mining concebtrating smelting refining