The fire at the Windimurra vanadium beneficiation plant was
caused by hot metal coming into contact either with the lining
of a screen or a rubber skirt, parent company Atlantic Ltd has
said in its monthly production update. "Investigations indicate
that the fire started inside the hopper of screen 3 within the
beneficiation plant when hot metal from an oxy-acetylene
cutting process or the hot ends of cut bolts came into contact
with the lining of the screen or a rubber skirt," Atlantic
said. "From this source, flames moved through the beneficiation
plant by direct impact or by radiant heat to combustible
materials." Atlantic owns Midwest Vanadium Pty Ltd (MVPL),
which operates the Windimurra vanadium project in Australia.
The fire happened at the beneficiation plant on February 4.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire and the plant
was not operating at the time, as it was...