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Innovation and technology

Northam Platinum has been at the helm of technological innovation in the mining industry.

Owing to the depth, unique geology and mining conditions of the Zondereinde mine, Northam has had to develop many of its own technological solutions and has pioneered hydropowered mining equipment as well as metallurgical innovations at the UG2 plant, which has led to lower chrome levels in smelter feed and higher PGM recoveries.

In the Der Brochen Valley, where the Booysendal operation is located, the innovative reverse decline shaft system is being developed, to increase output, reduce electricity consumption and to minimise the impact of mining activities on the environment.

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